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25 March 2021 - 11:00 am
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Yeah, it is soooo easy to tweak a leg muscle/joint this early on (and yes, this is still "early").  

For now, as much as she may protest, back to short short, short . leashed potty breaks and back to more rest!  Do you still have any antiinflmmatory left.  Of course. only with Vet approval maybe start her back on those.

In the meantime,  cont to massage up and down her spine, her neck and shoulders.   Sometimes the tweak can act be a back muscle causing the limp..

Extra smooches to that sweet gir😘

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 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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25 March 2021 - 11:40 am
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Hey Tony, I'm glad you liked the article. Hope she starts feeling better soon. R&R usually does the trick, along with scaling back her activity level. How long are her walks?

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26 March 2021 - 8:34 am
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She seems to be getting better slowly. I gave her some Rimadyl last night . The Dr. said it would be good and recommended 1.5 - 75mg tablet per day. 

We have been walking through local forest trails with a mix of snow and dirt. I had been letting her off leash and her agility and balance were really improving. I had been increasing the distance. The last walk was probably a mile or so.  I do a lot of stops and maybe about 30 min or so. 

The neighbor dog came with us on the last walk and she got exited and did some spins. Maybe that aggravated something. 

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26 March 2021 - 8:46 am
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Sunds like lots of opportunities  for a tweak....anow, romping with the dog pal, etc.  Glad you're  seeing that it's  a little better.  With continued  rest and Rimadyl  it should get back to normal.  Obviously,  if not, the Vet can take a look.  Slooooowly  the limp should get better.

It's great that ahe has forest trails to meander around.  I know it's uplifting to see her having fun and getting back to enjoying being herself.😎

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 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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26 March 2021 - 12:43 pm
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Oh whew! What a relief that she's on the mend. Snow can be pretty challenging for dogs to walk through. If at all possible, when she's back to 100% try taking her to areas without deep snow to make it easier. Sounds like such a lovely place to go have fun together, I'm jealous!

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28 March 2021 - 10:14 pm
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Sadie improved a lot by Saturday and seems fine now. She is putting weight on her leg and seems to be walking fine. 

Short leash walks on flat ground and strength training going forward. 🙂 

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28 March 2021 - 10:52 pm
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That’s such a relief! Your patience is working, cheers to better mobility this week!

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30 March 2021 - 7:28 pm
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Hi Steve.  Sadie looks wonderful!  By summer she'll have her strength.

I saw your question about being off leash.  I let Jake off leash almost from the start and just made sure we didn't go far.  In the beginning I was real hesitant to let him do much distance at all.  I got a carriage that he can jump into whenever he needs a break.  Now I have the attitude that I have to let him sometimes just "be a dog"  and not worry too much about what "could happen".  If he runs a lot at fast speeds then I make sure for the rest of the day it's not much distance.  Once I took him to a dog park and he had a blast, ran SO fast chasing some others but then he got super tired and I had to get him out of there!  So you'll begin to read Sadie and know when enough is enough, but meanwhile, letting her love life.  Good luck!  What a difference 11 months has made for Jake!

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1 April 2021 - 9:23 am
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A friend let me borrow a balance disk but Sadie would not get on it. So I put a board on it and it works good. She gets on it and I can also stand on it with her and move it around and she balances!

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1 April 2021 - 9:45 am
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Honest to goodness, that Sadie is a Tripawd RockStar!!  And she looks so proud of herself too!  Great DIY idea on making the balance board work.

Keep on keeping on sweet girl👍

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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1 April 2021 - 1:44 pm
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WONDERFUL! She looks like she's having so much fun too! 

This is a terrific idea, I never would have thought of hiding the disc with a surface the dog is more familiar with. BRILLIANT!!!!! smiley_clap

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10 April 2021 - 10:27 pm
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Sadie went swimming to day for the first time as a Tripawd! She was so happy and swam well. Tomorrow will be two months!

Here is a video:

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11 April 2021 - 11:06 am
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Here is a video of Sadie on the balance board. I simply assembled the balance board by putting a 3' x 4' board on a 2' balance disk and a carpet matt on top of the board. She sits, down, stands, and stands up on me, while on the board.  I can move the board with my foot while she is standing. 

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11 April 2021 - 1:02 pm
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WOWWWEEE! GO SADIE! smiley_clapWhat a joy to see her back in the water and groovin' on the DIY balance board! She has come a long way and is proof that life does get better after recovery. YAY!!

Tony the board is so cool, thanks again for sending photos. I can't wait to turn it into a Tripawds Gear blog post. 

She's a great swimmer and looks so happy out there. Lucky girl swimming in Lake Tahoe!

Just want to throw this out there, take it or leave it, but you may want to consider getting her a Ruffwear Float Coat (a brand new design is coming at the end of this month). We noticed with our Jerry (also a front-legger) that he was able to swim longer when he wore one, and when he got tired he didn't swallow tons of water. That's why now we are super fanatical about flotation vests for dogs (especially Ruffwear ones, they are the best design in our opinion!). Even for the best swimmers they are super helpful. 

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11 April 2021 - 8:29 pm
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Grinning ear to ear over here!!!  Sadie is a good girl indeed!!  I just ruv her!!♥️

Looked like she was sizing up exactly  how far our her "throw toy" was and how fast she would be able to get to it,  And she sure did get to it fast!

Great job with the balance board.  Sadie seemed confident and obviously  trusts you as you guide her through her exercises.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 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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