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Hi again. 

Any out of the box tips on making icing more tolerable? After our eval yesterday Shushu has multiple boo boos that need icing as often as possible (remaining forelimb wrist, remaining forelimb bicep and lower back). She loves the wrist deal (Aaaaahhhh) but the bicep/shoulder and back—- NOT having it, even with treats, when tired etc. she actually screamed when I tried to ice her shoulder—- as a psychoanalyst I couldn’t help but think it reminded of her amputation being iced because it was an unusual emotional response after positive response to wrist. I’ve tried dishtowels, pillowcases and paper towels as buffers and am using frozen peas and corn (she WILL, however, lick the bag LOL). Maybe Shiba Inu stubbornness but any tips or products would be great. She IS doing at well at her new exercises and using her Assisi loop however. 🙂

Cashew, “ShuShu”, stray shot in Armenia (where this is sport!).  Lost left forelimb at 4-6 mos. old as a result of GSW. Adopted at 19 mos. in May 2018. Currently Working hard at PT. 

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One thing you might try is put a dry towel in the fridge or freezer to get it chilled and try introducing that before trying the ice pack again.  The cold is less intense that way and if she tolerates that you could try the ice pack again.  When I was icing quad Pug Obie's repaired knees I would at first barely touch his knee with the ice pack- I use the gel kind. I gradually increased pressure so more of the ice pack was touching his knee.  Sort of like letting the skin acclimate to the cold. 

If it's the amp shoulder it could be the area is more sensitive than the wrist.  It takes a long time for the nerves to all settle down, and in my experience with my surgeries sometimes areas around the incision feel weird for years.

The other thought is that if she is really sore in those areas she just doesn't want them touched.  You might have to wait for her to feel less pain before icing will work.  It would feel better sooner if you could ice, but it's really hard to convince them big-grin.

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My Karen and her spirit pugs!!

Thank you so much for these tips. I will try the dry cold towel tmrw and I agree ...I think she may not be ready for this whole new treatment plan as quickly as I had hoped and I think I may need to be more patient and slow down ( this is a theme! Lol) ....Just want her feeling better. 

It’s not her amp shoulder that’s sore and needs ice, it’s her remaining front limb’s bicep. But I think you are on to something... it may even be too sore to be touched— as was revealed on exam yesterday. 

You  always make me laugh, smile and feel better ...a la “it’s really hard to convince them” Lol. 

Gratitude ( and boy have I always wanted a pug!)

Cashew, “ShuShu”, stray shot in Armenia (where this is sport!).  Lost left forelimb at 4-6 mos. old as a result of GSW. Adopted at 19 mos. in May 2018. Currently Working hard at PT. 

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Oooh Karen that is a great tip about icing the towel first, thanks! And I agree, post-op incisions do feel weird, even years later. I have a couple that even I can't stand to touch. 

I hope ShuShu feels better soon! Let us know what works for her.

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It is sooo hard to be patient  when we want our pups and cats to hurry up and feel better!😣

We know one thing for certain, Shu Shu could not be in better hands!!   Perfect partnership meant to be!

Slooooow and easy.  Shu Shu needs time to heal.  All the muscles are sore as they adjust to everything that has happened.  Rest, reet, slow and easy.   Progress IS beibg made!!  Celebrate  each "little" improvement.  On this journey,  all improvements are HUGE IMPROVEMENTS!😃

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Sally, Hannah, Myrtle and Frankie, and Jerry’s pack!

I really needed that encouragement today so thank u ❤️  My pup who recently passed was originally named Frankie pre-rescue ...though we changed it—to Henry —everyone once in awhile I would ask him if he remembered being Frankie. lol. 

I think with her sometimes I get so worried that so much permanent damage was done from too much activity and no PT or rehab 14-16 months ago when she had her surgery that I’m on a forever uphill climb. Hard to adopt her at 19 months and try to undo a year of growing injuries. Makes me sad no one knew what she needed Post op. I know I’ve been told I will worry less as time goes on and I try to hold on to that. 

I also feel she misses all that activity...four dogs, runs, dog parks...even though It was going to totally destroy her eventually. It’s hard to make safety fun. I’ll keep at it though. But I rely on your support so thank you. Again. big-blink

Ill keep you posted on “the ice wars” lol. The Assisi loop ( love this tool) and brushing and massage and exercises she loves. The diet, not so much. Lol. 

Cashew, “ShuShu”, stray shot in Armenia (where this is sport!).  Lost left forelimb at 4-6 mos. old as a result of GSW. Adopted at 19 mos. in May 2018. Currently Working hard at PT. 

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Try not to worry, what's important is that she is getting the care she needs now. And you are doing a great job of it! You will both find a new normal that keeps her happy and safe.

And yes, rethinking what means 'fun' to a dog takes some work, but you are doing a great job of it. Most people think that throwing a ball and playing frisbee, or chasing dogs in the dog park, is all a dog needs to be happy, but now we are learning that there's much more to helping a dog have fun and age gracefully and safely. Brain games and mental challenges are equally important, if not more so. When a dog is too old to do all those crazy physical activities she used to do, she will have other skills and talents to engage her mind and keep her happy. Their aging needs are much like humans'.

In time you will figure out what she is capable of and her 'new normal' can certainly include small parts of what the other dogs enjoy too, like the dog park and play sessions. You will also discover things about her that you never knew she was capable of and what fun that will be when you both start learning those activities!

Good job!

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I gain so much more than words can say from your solid, knowledgeable strength. So much gratitude. 

Cashew, “ShuShu”, stray shot in Armenia (where this is sport!).  Lost left forelimb at 4-6 mos. old as a result of GSW. Adopted at 19 mos. in May 2018. Currently Working hard at PT. 

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