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18 October 2009
Nothing to add except I’m thinking of you and your pack and hoping for the best news from your vet tomorrow.
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
Thank you all so much for the support. Nothing obviously severe on the xrays. We couldn’t get a really clear hip look without sedation, but she doesn’t think we need to. The vet says it’s pretty bad muscle wasting. She believes a lot of PT and pain support will help. We were already doing weekly PT, so I’ll talk with her about what more I can do.
1 October 2017
Just getting caught up. Sorry I have been MIA, lots going on here. I really hope you can find a way to help Riot get his groove back. It really is about time that something finally takes a turn for you and your pack. Keeping you in my thoughts, I know you have your hands full and it is really hard not to worry with everything that has been going on.
Sending you big hugs
Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Angel Mitchell, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry
All things considered, that’s not too bad a “diagnosis” and so etching some PT can help. It’s a natural process for a senior boy with some arthritis to slow down. Add being a large tripawd on top of that….ugh.
Is he more sore after the visit from messing with that leg?
We all say it over and over because it is sooooo true…Czar and Riot are mighty lucky to be loved by you….and goodness knows rhey love you!!.❤❤
Oh yay that’s such great news! Whew!!
I’ve been doing family stuff all weekend but wondering about Riot so thanks for the update! What kinds of PT changes are they going to make?
And hoppy ampuversary Czar! Number 3 is a lucky number around here!
Thank you, everyone. No worries. Family time is important!
No real PT changes. He’s in a sling in the water treadmill now, as he can’t self support. It seemed to work pretty well. We’re doing several minutes of supported standing with him every couple of hours at home. He’s also on some new supposedly helpful muscle and joint supplements. I haven’t been given any reason that with some hard work, he won’t regain some muscle mass. Once it starts to go, it goes quickly. Especially in a big senior with one rear leg. We meet with an orthopedist next week, to see if there are any support to help strengthen him back up.
Czar has been having some pain when he walks, so I’ve been trying to get him up more. He loved his walk yesterday, but even though we didn’t go far at all, I think it took a bit of a toll.
Water treadmill is such awesome therapy! What a good boy. How does he like the water? Was he a swimmer before becoming a Tri? Our Wyatt Ray is a good open water swimmer but I’m not sure how he would do in the confines of a water treadmill.
Czar’s working his way into a new groove. There are always pauses here and there as you both figure out what his new normal looks like. You’ll get there (and probably even faster than with Riot, since you are an experienced Tripawd mom now).
He was never a huge swimmer, but he liked wading and sometimes bobbing around. He doesn’t seem to mind the treadmill at all. Yes. The new normal is rough. Thankfully Czar is over 3 years younger, so I think he’s taking the transition better. He may need some low dose pain meds until we can get his joints used to three legs.
That’s awesome, Riot is a pretty laid back doggie! He’s smart too, probably knows that the therapy is helping him feel better!
I’m glad Czar is doing so well, what a gift for you to have the second journey a bit easier. You are totally on top of things and so in tune with the boys!
Czar went for his almost run around the yard today. He was never very fast or graceful before losing a leg, so it’s a work in progress. We’re getting Riot fitted for a potential wheelchair on Saturday. He really wants to move, but with so much muscle loss, it’s hard to get him supported standing for long. The goal is for him to eventually get out of it, at least for short trips to the yard. No side effects at all from the vaccine, so finger’s crossed it’s doing something. We go in for a booster on the 2nd.
YAY for no side effects! Wheeeeeee!!!
Czar, you’re gonna be running circles now that you can pivot a lot better without that pesky fourth leg getting in the way! 😉
I hope Riot loves the wheels if you decide to move forward with them. Wheels have really made a difference in Wyatt’s ability to explore the world on longer walks, and although there’s a bit of a learning curve involved in using wheels (most of it, on our part), the benefits can be tremendous.
We only use wheels for very short trips too, but it’s so cool to see him standing strong in the wheels and doing what he enjoys most, like checking pee mail and barking at other dogs.
Soooo happy to hear Czar is having a good recoveey…..even a little ahead of the curve!
Exciting that Riot is going to have some wheels! Looking forward to hearing how it goes. Wyatt can show him how to do wheelies😎
Lots of hugs to you and the pack.
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
Riot got fitted for his wheelchair today. He was very happy.
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He doesn't look like it, but Riot is so happy. He was so glad he could move without help. We hopefully pick it up Thursday. #Riotlivinglife #germanshepherdsofig #germanshepherddog #germanshepherd #gsd #alaskanmalamute #muttsofinstagram #mutt #happy #survivor #osteosarcoma #fighter #tripawd #tripaws #tripoddog #wheelchair #dogcart @weratedogs
25 April 2007
Lookin’ good in your new wheels!