Tom made it through surgery just fine. Well, minus 12 teeth. I was actually expecting him to lose more, but am thankful he didn't. My vet did the e-mail consult with OSU and received great info on anesthesia and pain meds. Tom also received a couple of xanax before we left as well as entered the vet's office by a different door. We tried so many things to cut down on his anxiety level and I think the combo worked. His temp was the highest right after we arrived and never got any higher. He was under anesthesia for 3 1/2 hours. Poor guy.
They wanted me to come get him around 3:00 p.m. This is earlier than they usually release dogs from dentals, but again, didn't want him staying there stressing again. So they carry him out to the car. I am on the way home in a panic thinking who is going to help me get him in the house. They told me he could walk, but was still shaky and weak. After trying everyone I knew, I had to ask my husband to come home from work. So he is passed out in the back of the van and as soon as he hears the tires hit the gravel of the driveway, he is up and ready to get out! I couldn't believe it. He walked around the yard, did a big pee and came up the 3 steps to the house. Once inside, he put on the brakes. Not sure why. I finally coaxed him to his dog bed and he crashed there for over 4 hours.
My biggest problem was getting the first dose of pain meds on board. I mean, how do you pill a dog who can't eat any foods yet and just lost 12 teeth? Well the first attempt was a mess. However, I put a plea out on facebook and got a bunch of good ideas. Here is what I came up with. Take a slice of Oscar Mayer thin sliced ham, smear a bit of peanut butter to hold the pill on. Then wrap the ham around the pill. He took it! Although he figures things out pretty quicky, I hope he doesn't catch on to this because we have a bunch of pills to take.