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its been a week and a half and Isa has recovered amazingly. I am constantly so in awe of her! She eats like a champ and is so mobile! She gets her staples out next week. And her incision looks great. I highly recommend the t-shirt in lieu of the collar of shame! 

One question... yesterday and today she seems a little down in the dumps. Up until then she had been pretty normal. I'm a little concerned. She's still eating and going out, just seems down.

is this just part of the ride? Part of the healing? Good days bad days. Just wondering if any of you experienced anything like this. I was expecting it earlier... 

thanks as always!


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Glad to hear Isa is doing good!!

What do you mean by "down"? A little less "perky" than normal? Maybe wanting to reat a little vit more??

If she's just being a bit less "enthusiastic" about dping things, almost always within the first week or so it's because a dog has overdone it. At a little past the one week mark Isa should still only be doing short leashed potty breaks, rest, rest, rest. No horsing around, jumping, running, etc. Muscles are still adjusting and they can get soooo sore soooo quickly!

If you massage up and down her spine, her neck, her shoulders, etc, does she show any sign of tension or soreness?

Also, what's her pain med scheudle and what is she on? If there has been any reduction, it may mean you need to bump them backnup.

Asked more questions than gave answers...sorry! She still has another week or so before her sparkle starts to come back consistently. Hang in there!


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Basically just less enthusiastic. She's still on the same pain med regiment from surgery. So nothing has changed there. I am going to check the tension level, thanks for the suggestion. We have been keeping her as immobile as possible. But I am going to make an extra effort with her. I'm sure this is part of the ebb and flow of recovery. 


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Yes it definitely sounds like Isa is just a bit more sore because new muscles are getting a workout with her new tripawd gait.  Much as you would be sore if you hit it hard in a new workout regime.  Try doing a nice gentle massage along her back and hip areas. She'll love it!

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Yay Isa! She's doing pretty well it sounds like and yes, the slowing down a bit is very common. I think it's partly that they're bored from the confinement and partly that they are using their bodies in so many new ways, that aches and pains start to pop up around now.

If you haven't already you may want to learn how to give your new Tripawd a massage. It could very well be exactly what she needs to perk up. Also, mention it to your vet just so they're aware of what's going on. Keep in mind that Gabapentin can be making her sleepy too. You may want to consider giving the dose at night and seeing if that helps.

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