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13 July 2017
Thank you Sally!
i have been massaging him daily (I'm a physical therapist assistant with humans....but not with dogs ) . He isn't tight and I have not seen any signs of tenderness. He seems more afraid of sliding on the hardwood , even though I have rugs down for him. Of course after I typed this he is now up, following me around, trying to see if food is on the counter and seems to have perked up a little . He even did his routine of sitting and Looking at me to go outside, went out on the deck, stood at the steps and did his "oh no it's raining and in his true cocker fashion went and peed on the deck ." That's definetly my old Toddy right there!
It helps know happy Hannah was a little less perky too. I guess he just wanted me to get my worries off my chest and then decided he could bounce back some!
Thank you!!! Xoxo from Toddy
25 April 2007
I know it's hard not to worry but try not to over-think it. Recovery is exhausting work for any dog and some just need more time than others to get back their bounce. If he isn't showing any pain indicators, his appetite and bowel movements are normal, then I would just let him rest and see how it goes over the next few days.
Also, this would be a good time to get him evaluated by a canine rehab therapist. It would put your mind at ease to know if/where he feels any pain from the new gait. And don't forget the Tripawds Foundation will even pay for your first rehab visit.
7 July 2017
my name is Super Stu! I am now 3 1/2 weeks post surgery. I had my left front leg removed and because I am a big Bernese/Rottweiler cross, my recovery time was only slightly longer than most. In the first 3 weeks of amputation, I was very tired and didn't want to go very far. My Mum had to hand feed me and I couldn't adjust to having to poo on 3 legs! I also suffered from a large amount of fluid that built up and that made me want to lie around more and lick, lick, lick! 👅
Now I am mostly back to myself. I eat my meals standing up and I go and do my business all by myself. (I hate it when people are watching!) I'm loving my treats again and I can almost roll all the way over for my belly rubs!😉
I scared my pawrents yesterday though, as I tripped on a board on our dock and I yelped in pain and my pawrents thought the worst... but it was only a minor thing and I was fine right away! My pawrents said that they have to stay close to me still! I keep telling them that I can do it! But sometimes I still lose my balance, so I guess I have to do what they say!
If you would like to check out my blogs, you can find me as Super Stu! Or Stewie2017
keep up the good work both of you and all the best for now.
Super Stu! & his pack... Petra, Paul, Spike, Chester & Miss Lily ❤️🐾🐾🐾🐾❤️
13 July 2017
Thank you Jerry! We are holding off on therapy for now due to Toddy's aggressiveness and anxiety due to his past history.
Super Stu...Thank you for your blog. It really helped to put my mom at ease ! I don't listen very well either....but I will try to do what they tell me. That dang leg wasn't good for much but I guess it did help me put the brakes on as I use to slide across the floor. Mom says I have to stay on the rugs or go to my room.
I did give Toddy a dose of his meloxicam and guess who perked up and got his eye twinkle back? I called the vet and he agrees with me that he should go back on it for as long as we think he needs it. He thinks he bruised the amputation site muscles that are still trying to fully heal....plus with his ivdd he may still need the NASID.
This is a learning curve .
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