A little background: Doodle and Teddy are both approximately 4 years old, they come from different shelters, have been together since 2013. They have been best friends ever since, no other way to describe it.
When Teddy first started showing signs of pain and lameness it was obvious she knew something was wrong and wouldn’t leave his side.
She was miserable the 3 days he was gone. I was worried she would be too overwhelming for him once he got home but she surprised me by making herself his nurse and guardian. First night back I don’t think she slept:
And then I woke up to this:
Friday night I had him out of his crate for a bit, he slept while she watched over him. After putting him back I left the room for maybe 2 minutes, when I came back I found that she had tucked her favorite bone in with him; she was on my bed. This is such a big deal, Doodle just absolutely loves her bones!
I had him out again Saturday night…while she stayed in the same place it was such a relief to see her finally relax enough to sleep:
A bit of Teddy attitude after getting warned about licking his incision:
Morning sniffs in the front yard…he really enjoys just watching everything going on in the neighborhood:
Lunch! He eats in a different crate so he doesn’t mess up his orthopedic bed:
Afternoon potty break in the back yard:
Teddy never had a big interest in toys but I made sure to have a supply on hand so he wouldn’t get bored with crate time:
Hanging out next to my desk in the evening:
Teddy came home Thursday evening! He was tired, confused, and heavily medicated but doing fine. I’m slowly getting into a routine for him of crate time, potty breaks, and all his meds. He hasn’t bothered his incision so we haven’t had to use the cone of shame. He can be stubborn about pills though so that’s been a bit challenging. Just happy-and relieved-that he’s home :)
I’m only going to post this once and then back to regular blogging…
I posted last week about Teddy’s walking issues, by late Thursday evening he was putting no weight on his left hind leg and was obviously in pain. He saw the vet Friday afternoon who basically said Ted had ‘blown out’ his knee and surgery was scheduled for today.
We dropped him off this morning, surgeries are done early in the afternoon and he was going to be the second. I didn’t realize the vet made his call at the end of the day so after a lot of stress and worrying I finally got the call just after 6pm. Did my best to take notes so the following is what I deciphered from those:
- Surgery went well (I forgot to ask how long it was)
- He had a lot of arthritis, most likely in his other joints as well which explains the all around wobbly walk. Has probably been in pain for a long time, the ACL tear just pushed the situation over the edge. So not necessarily concerned about ACL in the other knee (high recurrence rate with this in dogs) but potential arthritis problems in other joints (knee, elbows, hips)
- The arthritis and proliferation of cartilage (?) were pushing the kneecap out of place. Arthritis removed, cut the groove deeper in the kneecap to hopefully help keep it more secure.
- Removed more junk (?)
- Meniscus was fine
- ACL repaired using artificial lateral suture stabilization
- Teddy very happy (read: sleeping) on morphine, they did a laser treatment and he didn’t even wake up. Two more treatments before he goes home then 10 in the following weeks.
- Will have breakfast in the AM
- Two nights in the hospital and if there are no problems he can come home Thursday after 10am, which means we’ll pick him up early evening
- Other than the laser treatments the important thing now is to keep him quiet and weight off that leg so it can heal properly
This is my first time dealing with a canine surgery/procedure other than neutering so please forgive my veterinary ignorance ;)
Even with it being a rainy day, which Ted hates, not many people home for different reasons, and surgery scheduled for tomorrow morning he still had a nice day!