Rose continues to improve. I am noticing a lateral rotation to her knee when she walks. I suspect it has to do with muscle atrophy. She is so tired of the inactivity. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to entertain her. Every so often I cheat and put her on the flexi leash to let her move out a bit without running or jumping (which she is not permitted to do).
We’re at the beginning of week four. This has been the week that marks Rose’s breaking point. She is so done with inactivity. We’ve bought chew toys, chew bones, real bones, distraction toys… you name it. Her attention span is almost nil. She has decided to take her frustration out on the carpet she is on, chewing the corner nicely. We take Rose everywhere we go, so as to give her new things to look at, people to see, and so that we can monitor her activities. She has been increased to one 10 minute slow walk each day, which she loves. She continues to put more weight on the affected leg. This was taken on a trip to set up 6000 Easter eggs stuffed with candy for local children.
Happy Easter, everyone!
As Rose begins her third week of recovery, she continues to improve. She saw her veterinarian and he was pleased with her recovery. She may now walk five minutes/day on leash (slow walk). She still must potty on leash to prevent her from running or jumping. This was her first walk. Please forgive me holding the camera the wrong way!
As we begin the second week (of six where she is not permitted to walk except to potty) we do all we can to keep her entertained. She managed to chew her inflatable collar and puncture it., but we believe her wound is healed enough now to tolerate the small amount of licking she does. She is beginning to grow coat on her leg, and the growing fur must itch. When we take her out to potty, she puts some weight on her foot, but not so much as to worry us. The veterinarian stated that it was fine to put weight on the foot as she will tolerate it, but she is still on restriction. She is not permitted to go on a walk or play with other dogs. She is still on “bedrest”.
We take her on car rides with us, so that her scenery changes, and so that she always has company with her. She enjoys her rides, and is usually exhausted once we come home:
Today (4/3/17) we had a nice sunny day (the snow has just melted), so I took her outside to just sit in the sun and suck up a bit of warm sunshine. She enjoyed it a great deal.
Rose’s sutures are evidently starting to itch, and she is licking her knee. That has earned her the “cone of shame” for awhile, to keep her off of the sutures, until she’s at the 10-14 day mark, when the wound is likely healed.
She continues to be obviously bored, and at times rocks back and forth on her back. We know she’s tired of being in the same place, not allowed to walk about or play. This is very hard for a 8 month old puppy. It’s not natural for them to stay put for weeks on end. Yet, she is on strict orders by her surgeon to have strict “crate rest”, and not be allowed to go out for any reason other than to go potty, and that must be on leash. We’re trying to find ways to resolve her boredom. I bring her up on the couch with me to snuggle, but she tires easily of that too. Nothing holds her attention for very long.