Thursday, February 9, 2012

Better Than Expected

Everything went well for Lucas yesterday and I am contributing it to your good thoughts and prayers that you sent for him!  The work began on the right side of his mouth.  It was originally thought that all of his teeth would have to be removed.  However with Lucas under anesthetic, the dentist was able to do a more thorough exam and it was decided that about 5 of his teeth on the right were salvageable; but in the end 15 (!!) were removed.  He will have another surgery in about a month to do the left side to remove and save about the same number.

From the time Lucas came to us, he's not been able to eat a kibble based diet.  Instead he eats a freeze-dried food mix (called Grandma Lucy's) that when warm water is added, becomes like a porridge with meat and vegetables. He likes it really well, and is eating with no problems.  As you can see in the pictures, his mouth is swollen from the work and the sutures--However he's up and around this morning and is even doing a little bit of stalking of the cat.  There are a few hurdles to get over as far as healing, but I think he's going to be okay!
   

57 comments:

Tina Eudora said...

Oh thank the good Lord, I was so anxious to hear some news and have been watching for an update and I am thrilled to hear this great news Kim! Bless his brave heart, what a wonderful dog he is! I will continue to send the very best love and good wishes for Lucas and the rest of the gang...love to you all this morning!
Tina xo

2browndawgs said...

I am so glad to hear that Lucas did so well. Here's hoping for continued healing.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I am so glad it went well and he is back to stalking the cat, a good sign,

Gill in Canada

(Did you enter my giveaway on my blog? It's a very "British" thing!)

kks said...

yeh Lucas! he'll be feeling so much better soon!!
xoxo

Angus said...

Hang in there Lucas !

bellaboo said...

Aah,well done Lucas,you've been such a brave boy.Must be a relief for Mum now the first hurdle is over.Big hugs...and 'woofs' and wags from Bella XX

Jill said...

Yes! So happy to get his good news. The picture of his swollen mouth is so cute. *hugs* to you both!

Jodi said...

I'm so glad to hear that Lucas came through with flying colors and how awesome that he can keep some of his teeth!

I'm also really glad the rescue decided to go ahead with this and not give up on Lucas, you work with a great group of people, Kim.

GOOSE said...

Anytime you can stock the cat you know you are feeling pretty well. I'm glad Lucus's surgery went well. Keep healing up Lucus.
Blessings,
Goose

Sharon said...

Good to hear!!! I must admit, I was a little worried, given his age. So glad all went well, give him some extra hugs for me!

Suz said...

stalking is he? well..he's doing fine
and thank you once again for being such a wonderful human

Miss Holly said...

Oh...I am so so so happy to hear this...I have a big chunk of my heart invested in Mr. L....He is the dearest man...and bless you again and again for what you do!!! please give him a big kiss on the top of his head for me!!!!!!!! xxxx Mr. L.

LindaG said...

Glad to here things are going so well!

Karine said...

I'm so glad everything went well for Luca! I'm sure CC is thrilled as well ;o)

KB said...

I'm so glad that Lucas had a successful surgery. I can only imagine how much it hurts to have that many teeth removed... but he'll feel better in the long term. Did the board approve dental implants? :)

I'm glad that you found a food that he likes. It sounds a lot like what we make K at home, and she adores it.

KT and Easton said...

That's great news Kim. Stalking the cat tells me he is back to normal - sounds like a fun game. I'll bet if interviewed, even the cat digs it!!
Easton sends a "way to go" Rooooooooooooo for Luc.

Anns Art said...

Oh thank goodness!...love the photo of him looking a bit bewildered and obviously wondering what on earth has happened to him. As for the other photo, the cat is obviously not impressed!

Anonymous said...

Yay!!!!!

marejohn said...

YEAH! Thank you SO much for the update...am so thankful all is well and that (given his age especially) all went well.
What a blessing you (and the rescue group too) are!
Thanks for all you do.

Inger said...

I'm so glad for Lucas and you. He's got a whole new life, imagine that.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Golden To hear GOOD News. I will continue to send my Golden Healing Thoughts for Lucas. Lots of Golden LOVE to the rest of the Golden Pines Gang. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that sweet boy! i just want to hug him!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I just love how he gets so fixated on the cat! What a sweet gentle soul he is. I'm glad he likes his food and is going to be okay:-)

Country Gal said...

Oh that is such good news I am soo happy to hear ! He looks great and a bit frisky by the looks of it that is a wonderful sign ! WOOHOOO ! you go Lucas . Have a great day ! I know I will after this wonderful news ! Miggy sends a big slurp !

Lori Skoog said...

Good news! So glad that the vet can save some of his teeth!

dr momi said...

The cat doesn't look too worried about the stalking going on. Maybe he knows Lucas has 1/2 the teeth??? Glad to hear Lucas is doing well!

Joanna said...

Awwww, bless him.

xxx

rottrover said...

Yay Lucus!! You continue to be in our thoughts!!

-Bart and Ruby

Tracy said...

Hurray for Lucas! If he's interested in the cat, you can rest assure he's getting better...Great for Lucas!

Ms. ~K said...

Wonderful News...
Puss doesn't look too worried! :)
xoxo

thecrazysheeplady said...

Oh good!

Sue said...

Poor Lucas, we hope your Mom is being generous with the pain pills. But think how good you're going to feel soon once those rotten teeth are all gone.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

The Life of Riley said...

Great news.

Miriam said...

That's great news! I imagine that despite the pain of the surgery, Lucas is already feeling relief. Yay!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

I am so happy that Lucas was able to keep some of his teeth. I am also happy everything went well.
I guess he is not in to much pain when he is stalking the cat.

scotsmad said...

Stalking the cat....the best medicine in our view.

XXXoOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

tammy j said...

that precious face. he has the most expressive eyes. i still think he loves the cat... not stalking at all mom!
thank you for letting us know so soon, with all you have to do. i hope he's not in too much pain. soon he'll really have a life!
love to you and carl and all your crew,
tammy j

Jim said...

Now can't you just imagine the RELIEF! Maybe only half relief but I am sure Lucas is thankful.....no more pain.....a new life!

Sharon said...

Kim,

You are able to catch the cutest pictures of your critters. I love the one of Lucas and the cat and I'd love to know what the cat is thinking!

Glad things went well for Lucas!

Sall's Country Life said...

Oh that's good news, poor Lucas! I hope he gets used to it soon. Our little cubby lost all his teeth in his old age. He actually felt better when they were all gone!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Great news for Lucas !
He probably doesn't know there are any teeth missing, especially since he eats the soft food, and likes it.
You are such a dedicated friend and caretaker to your pets Kim.
~Jo

harrispen said...

I'm so glad to hear the surgery went well. I like KB's question about dental implants for him.

Cindy

Ellen said...

Bless his Golden heart!

Larry Ostby said...

Way to go Lucas! Really happy to here he's doing well. Hang in there Kim.

Mogley G. Retriever said...

Lucas, be sure to tell them that with the sore mouth and lack of teeth, you will need lots and lots of cheese, peanut butter, hamburger, and other goodies. Cake, pie and ice cream are good for the mouth too. So hang in there Lucas, good things come to those who gum their food!

Mogley G. Retriever

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh were so happy that Lucas is doing sooo good! He will be feeling better soon- we just know it!
Its a good sign- when hes looking at the kitty CC.. At least he has his mind off the teeth missing.
We will keep sending healing thoughts to him.
love
tweedles

joyce janes said...

I'm so happy for Lucas...poor guy..to have to go through that but I know he's going to feel much better.

Thank YOU for being such a good caretaker of our sweet 4-legged children...bless you.

Joyce

Nancy K. said...

Oh poor Lucas!!!

Somehow, I completely disassociated his need to have teeth removed with "oral surgery". Lucky for me because I am absolutely phobic about the dentist. Just looking at Lucas' poor swollen mouth and traumatized eyes (that is MY interpretation because MINE would be traumatized!) make me all squeemy. PLEASE don't tell us about when you're going to take him back for more....

(I think he's earned his very OWN kitty!)

;-)

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We join in the hallelujah chorus that Lucas made it through this first surgery, got to keep some teeth, and is recovering well. Has he made any special friends among the dogs yet? All of the photos of him seem to be with the cat. We're also relieved to hear the black Lab was claimed and is, we hope, safely at home.

Jed & Abby

MySpecialDoggies said...

Great news for Lucas - we're so happy to see him chasing the kitties. Hopefully his recovery will be an easy one and that the next surgery will be successful too.

Woofs
Nadine & golden Neeli

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Poor Lucas. A big hug and a kiss for that strong boy! :)

HRH King Gopher said...

So happy all went well.

Tucker said...

Hope you're not feeling "down in the mouth" for too long! Slurps, Tucker

Ellen said...

Wonderful news. I'm just so sorry that Lucas had to go through all of this. I'm still sending prayers his way to finally get through the end of this with the least amount of discomfort.

That Janie Girl said...

Aw… hope he's feeling better soon!

Catherine said...

I'm glad everything went well for sweet Lucas! And I hope he continues to get better and better.

Happy weekend Kim and furry friends!
xo Catherine

Val said...

Sweet, Sweet Lucas...If this is anything like human dental extractions I am sure he is going to be feeling so much better in a short time. Keeping him in our prayers.

Todd, Todd,Todd, he just continues to make me SMILE.