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Frankie's cruciate repair!!
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1 January 2018 - 4:00 pm
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Frankie has had some tummy issues going on the past few days and wasn't quite up to snuff. Kind of blah. Lots of grass eating (well,  otnot "lots" because there are just a few strands left in all this frigid weather), one or two "throw up" extravaganzas.  NO diarrhea.  

Immediately went to bland diet.

Plus walking on two legs all this time can be quite exhausting!!  His front leg gets worn out so quickly.  I'll be so glad when that "third leg" starts taking some of the pressure off his other two legs.  As the Rehab said, that one front leg is carrying almost all the weight and force that it takes to get up, to walk, etc.

So for REHAB VISIT FIVE she decided to skip the "advanced walking in circles" this time.  More ROM, laser, massage and some "weight shifting". He got the full Laser this time.  Still doing Assis Loop three times a day.

I went ahead and took him off the Rimadyl til I can get his bloodwork done.  Just being EXTRA cautious because of his "1,600 mg Rimadyl feast" in the past.  Hopefully I can get uim back on that as I think it helps.

Here's Frankie doing something "similar" to weight shifting.  It was more about stretching the leg and at least doing toe touching, but not any real  weight bearing yet.  His motivation to stay in that position?  You'll see!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!





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3 January 2018 - 6:42 pm
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He does look like he is putting some weight on that back leg.  not a lot but some.  and that is good for him to do.  My guess is treats and I think I heard Nurse Myrtle bark saying where is mine 😉

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Frankie liked doing the "weight shifting" so much, he decided to do it all on his own. Of course, having the can of dog food with him in the couch was a good incentive!!! 🙂

Er.....everyone lets their dog take a can of dog food up in the couch and eat it there, right?   Yiu do, right??

Oh...and staples were finally taken out yesterday too!   A Tech came from my Vet's ofrice.   It was really, really nice for him to drive way out in the boonies to do this for Frankie.

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!





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3 January 2018 - 6:48 pm
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hahaha didn't figure it was a can of food but that is a good incentive.  🙂   Guess you will have to splurge with some small cans of food so he does his rehab 😉

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3 January 2018 - 6:51 pm
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WOW Mitchell!  You're fast!  I'm still .ppstig with frozen digits and your replying (I'm surewith frozen digits also)!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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3 January 2018 - 7:13 pm
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Great job! If you hadn't shown the can I woulda thought he was napping that way lol. (((Hugs))) I am so glad he is doing well. He looks great!

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Bahahahaha!!! clap   Brilliant!!! I figured there was treats involved, his tail was wagging way too hoppily for therapy time.... I thought that maybe you had tucked treats into the back of the cushion...(that would have been inventive for sure!) I was thrilled to see his head stuck in a can!!! clap Of course everybody does it right?!! laughing

Absolutely brilliant job Frankie! Good moves buddy, you were definitely doing the hoppy dance! I’m sorry you had tummy rouble, I do hope your feeling a whole lot better soon! I’m sure Nurse Myrtle will be happy to clean the dishes for you!

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3 January 2018 - 10:58 pm
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Maybe if you put the garbage can on the other side of an ottoman he will put all kinds of weight on that leg big-grin

Little by little- progress every day.  Someone here always says something about celebrating each little victory during recovery... what is her name again???

Karen

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Little by little- progress every day.  Someone here always says something about celebrating each little victory during recovery... what is her name again???

Ooh, ooh, I know thith one...big-blink !!! Thally... it’th Thally That thelebtrathes every little succeth!!!

ICE CREAM FRANKIE!!!... AND NURTH MYRTLE TOO!!!... AND THALLY, YOU GET LOT’TH OF CHOCOLATE K?!!!

Ruv You Thally.... you are all doing really, really great!!!

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Hey there Sally, just finally able to pop in to catch up on all the details of Frankie’s surgery and recuperation, and I am so very happy that he has done well and is coming along amazingly. I have enjoyed all the posts, but especially enjoy all the pictures and videos, the support here is incredible as always. 

Hoping your New Year is going well, and that Frankie is completely healed very soon, oh, and please give both Frankie and his sweet gorgeous nurse Merry Myrtle a big hug and kiss for me ❤️💙🐾😍😘

Much love to you always,

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Just checking in and am thrilled to discover that Frankie is continuing to improve. I love the video of him, nose deep in the can, troughing the dog food. FANTASTIC to see him touching with that leg. It's harder for you to see Sally, because you are with him all the time, but for someone dropping in and out his progress is quite amazing. I'm so pleased the vet tech came out to you to remove his staples. Staples out means ice cream all round???? I see no mention of ice cream????? What is going on there Sally? You can't just talk the talk, you know, you've got to walk the walk as well.... Ice cream for three. Big bowls. Now.

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6 January 2018 - 7:47 am
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I AGREE WITH CLARE....

ICE CREAM!... 🍦 FRANKIE WANTS ICE CREAM!!!... 🍦 LOTS OF ICE CREAM!!!... 🍦

On July 10/17 I became a Super Tripawd! You can find out more about my Pawrents Allensong but first Check out my 🎗 journey Super Stu Remember...“live in the moment!“  

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10 January 2018 - 8:43 pm
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So here's  somewhat of an  accurate chronicle of where CHILL COOL DAWG SUPER FRANKIE  is in his cruciate repair  recovery 29 days since surgery! 🙂  Frankie's -do-it-his-way grit and the Rehab visits have truly worked miracles for this three-legged dawg, with hip dysplasia in both hips, and arthritis!!way-cool

And your encouragement and support have kept me strong and hopeful more than you could ever know!heart

  • First two weeks plus, basically couldn't get up on his own, couldn't turn without help, yelled out in pain when I tried to help him or when he tried to do it himself.
  • Once he and I powered through getting up with his Ruffwear harness , he moved EXTREMELY fast and balanced on TWO  legs and was able tom0 poop and pee, go up and down the long ramp, go to "his" potty spots, refusing any help from me.  I couldn't keep up with his fast  pace znyway..  FRANKIE HAS TO DO IT FRANKIE'S WAY!
  • 1st at home Rehab visit was  10 (or 9) days zfter surgery.
  • Has had  7 at home Rehab visits. 
  •  Has had 5 1/3 laser treatments.
  • 'Using Assi Loop several times daily
  • Tramadol 50 mg twice daily (started out more the first week plus),  Rimadyl and Gabapentin (1 at night).  Starting to reduce about four or five days ago.
  • First couple of sessions were just very gentle ROM (range of motion), massage and laser
  • Then ROM  was taken to another level.
  • Weight shifting exercises have been added, as well as trying to  make  him walk slowly in small circles...takes two people holding harness to make him go slowly.  This one really hard and exhausting on him.  Can only complete small circle each way with rest in between four or five steps.  Making him go slowly uses a lot of his energy as he's trying to pull to go fast so he won't lose his balance, and he doesn't want to put much weight on that leg yet.
  • She's suggesting water treadmill as maybe being of value to him at this point. She thinks it will help with weight bearing, as well as ease up the pressure on his two legs.
  • As of this writing, Frankie is straightening his leg more and more......dropping it lower to the ground for toe touching a LOT more!, He DOES put some pressure on it periodically!!  Nothing that equals the kind of weight bearing yet that we are striving for, but he DEFINITELY is making progress!! 🙂  Hopefully we'll start to see more weight bearing as we go into the second month.
  • Counter surfing!!!   I've caught him counter surfiing and getting in the trash this week!! 🙂
  • FRANKIE IS DEFINITELY BEING FRANKIE, and seems to be adjusting well to not being full out wild and crazy all day!!  He likes napping a lot now and doesn't seem bored at all!
  • AND YES CLARE AND PETRA!  Ice cream after every session!  Frankie shares his with me.  Nurse Myrtle doesn't 🙂

Videos following!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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You can see the improvements!  Not necessarily true weight bearing yet, but extending the leg, bending the leg, a lot of toe touching!! HHonest to goodness, I feel like I can see improvement after every Rehab visit.  When she's had to miss one, or two, he doesn't go backwards, but it's as though hes not making strides forward either.  Juat stagnate.  I'm a big believer in the laser too!!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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