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Rar, I can't get through to Goosemoose.

Lilah's lump removal was at 8:30 this morning. She took the injection really well. It was sorta funny to watch her fight falling asleep. :lol: She did not like the iso at all, and even drugged she fought the face mask.

The surgery itself went very well. Dr. Becker allowed me to stay and watch. The lump itself was pea-sized, and we still aren't sure if it was an enlarged lymph node or a tumor, but it was a lump on a rat so we both agreed it's better off than on.

Another funny moment was when Lilah woke up from the anesthesia. She was out cold, and we were shaking and scritching her trying to get her to come to. She went from completely asleep to completely awake in about 0.5 seconds, and her eyes got really wide like: "What the **** just happened?"

She's staying at the clinic for them to keep an eye on her until I'm done with my final exam at 4pm. I think she's gonna be free-range rattie tonight, cuz I don't trust the others not to groom her glue off.
 

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yay for lilah! what a cute name too! how old is she?

by the way, animals that fight the iso going down will fight it coming up, and are more likely to wake up during surgery, which can be scary as **** when you're the one in scrubs, lol. i'm sure it's not so bad with a rat, but we had a 90 lb german shepherd do that and i was pretty sure i was going down. XD
 

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I got her from a rescue that estimated her and her sister's ages at ~6 months in August of '05, so she's around 27 months. She's an old gal.

I'm a former VA and current pre-vet student, so I know a bit about anesthesia. I've never had an animal wake up during surgery. Then again, we always gave pre-anesthetic injections of Ketaset/Torb/Rompun, so maybe that had some effect.
 

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well glad to hear the surgery went well on such an old girl. :)

this was a rowdy german shepherd girl in for her spay, and she was the most difficult anesthesia patient ever, so it's not like it's common, but all the technicians agreed that animals who go down hard come up fighting as well. she fought the anesthesia the whole time, but as soon as we gave her more her blood pressure would plummet so we had to keep her light. afterwards, she was out one second and then she freaked out and woke up, pulling IVs and flailing around wildly. i had to practically sit on her to get her calmed down. and she was ridiculously gigantic for her age, bigger than full grown, but not even that old yet. ridonkulous, i swear. :D anywho, not a typical case, but definitely something memorable...
 

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The only difficult anesthesia I've ever had was on a hyper-hyperactive (yes, that's two hypers) enormous yellow lab. He'd had some injury to his third eyelid and we'd made some sort of velcro device to keep it peeled back so it could heal. Of course it didn't last, and he pulled it apart within days. I was there the day he came in to have it put back in place. All we had to do was open the eyelid enough to reattach the velcro. We couldn't even do that without gassing him down first. We tried and were banged up, bruised and covered in drool for our efforts. And he took FOREVER to go under. Kept throwing us around on the table and pawing the mask off. Two full grown women laying on top of this dog, and he tossed us around like rag dolls. And I'm the one they'd call in when no one else could lift a dog - I'm not petite.

The vet that day is one of the most laid back, zen people I've ever known, and that dog even had her cursing.
 

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haha, for whatever reason, when we have a fiesty dog, we always call in rosie, this 5 foot technician who weights like 102 pounds. but she can wrestle a mastiff to his hocks. i think it's the way she pretzels around them until they give up, lol.
 
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