He's finally home! Still not out of the woods until he poops but looking good considering what he's been through. I think at least a couple of kilos needed back on him (when he can start normal eating). What do you all think?
Oh that poor baby...what a sweet, sweet face.
Speedy healing Starsky!!!
And quit eating ROCKS!!!!
Sweat face. Sending thoughts tha he heals and quit eatings those rocks!
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
He does not look skinny to me.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Maybe I'm just used to seeing fatter Labs? I thought he looked better about 2kg ago but he is looking very sorry for himself at the moment. He wants more food and to be with Hutch, but Hutch won't stop licking his stiches (Starsky can't lick them because he's wearing "the collar of shame"). I can't risk leaving them together and he has to be kept quiet in the bathroom. Maybe when he cheers up he'll look better to me. Here's a side shot-
I don't see ribs. He is not built like a bench Lab with a wider middle - he has a more fieldy body. If he were skinny I would expect to see some bony protruberance - and there is none - his ribs, hips, spine are fully covered.
My older dog lost a lot of weight post surgery a couple of years ago and he actually lost the fat on his head - he was a pitiful looking thing and took 6 months to get back into proper condition.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
He did have the bench lab type middle before the first surgery. He had a stink load of necrotic flesh removed (nasty case of peritonitus) plus a fair amount of intestine. Basically, lipo with a tummy tuck. He doesn't look like the same dog at all. I asked the vet if he'd get that shape back and he said maybe. Either way just glad he's alive. He has visible ribs but I took another look at the photos and they don't show. My photography is terrible. He has a bony point thingo on the top of his head too, but the angle of the photo sucks lol. I should get a photo of Hutch as a 'before' photo if you know what I mean. They had the same shape being brothers and all. I know, I just need to stop stressing! He's just freaked me out with all this rock business.
He is so cute...good healing thoughts for you Starsky!
He's very handsome, hope he recovers quickly and with no issues!
I agree with Sharon, he does not look too skinny, he appears to be at a good weight now (disclaimer that this is just what I can tell as a non-profession from photos). Did the vet mention anything about his weight?
A lab does not go from a "bench type" body build to a "lean/field" type body shape. When we say this we mean the physical build, the bone structure. A "bench" bred lab will have a larger chest/rib cage and wider thru the shoulders, no matter how much weight they lose. And a "field" type lab will never have a wider chest/rib cage/shoulder by gaining weight, that is just fat.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky