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Week 2 after Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair Surgery

October 26th 2010 7:33 am
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Two weeks have passed since I had my cruciate ligament repaired.

I am still being extremely fussy when I eat and mom has turned into my personal chef and is making me rice and either chicken or ground beef. She is also having to be more creative in hiding my pills.

I am still confined to one room, so I am getting pretty bored. We got the OK to try 10 minute walks, so I have been getting out some. The first time we went for a walk, at about the 6 minute mark (mom is timing my walks with a stop watch) I layed down on the driveway and didn't want to move any more. I know my limits, and I had had enough of a walk. Mom had no choice but to wait beside until I decided I was ready to go back in the house.

I am enjoying the leg massages that mom must do, but I do not like the progressive range of motion (PROM) exercises that need to be done. Mom is supposed to get up to 15 repetitions of the PROM's, but so far has only managed 11 at the most before I make her stop.

The healing phase after this surgery is 12 weeks, so I only have 10 more weeks to go. I am looking forward to week 9, that is when we get to try stairs, then maybe I can have a bit more freedom.

For now I am keeping busy voting in 6th Annual Coolest Dog and Cat competition. Five paws to all my pals!!


Week 1 after Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair Surgery

October 19th 2010 2:46 pm
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A week ago today I had my cranial cruciate ligament surgically repaired. I came home on last Wednesday and started healing up.

Mom was told to expect that I would be limping for about a week, then toe touching, then placing my foot and then putting more weight on it.

Well, I was toe touching from day 1. The vet was surprised. He was also surprised that I insisted on standing up in my kennel after surgery. Apparently 98% of the dogs that have this surgery remain lying down for a good while after the surgery. Not me, even though I was bleary eyed, or "gorked" as the vet told mom. What does "gorked" mean? Is that a veterinary term? But I digress. I also surprised them when they finally took me out after surgery to do my business. I was limping, had an i.v. in and I saw a cat. The vet tech told mom it took all her strength to keep me from going after the cat. Just me, being me.

I was limping for the first 4 or 5 days, but I was also toe touching. I am letting mom massage my leg more and also letting her do more range of motion exercises. I will still have to be restrained in one room or in my crate for several more weeks, but I am on the road to recovery.

I have become extremely picky when it comes to eating though. Mom is trying all sorts of things to get me to eat, but I am very choosey.

Thanks again to everyone that sent rosettes, pawmails, and lit candles and said prayes for me. I can feel them all working!!


Update on Abby's surgery

October 12th 2010 11:41 am
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Hi, Abby's mom Diane here.

Just got a call from Dr. Ward and Abby's surgery went well. Her cruciate was completely ruptured with just a few threads where the ligament should be. Her meniscus, while scraped, was not torn or folded, as they were expecting it would be, so she did not have her meniscus removed. Apparently she is lying in her cage, waking up well, and looking bleary eyed at everyone.

She should hopefully be able to come home around noon tomorrow.

Thank you for the candles, POTP and kind wishes. I will update when we have our little girl home.


An Update

September 29th 2010 6:10 pm
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Well today we went for another opinion about my knee to the Veterinary College in our city. They confirmed what my veterinarian originally diagnosed. I have a complete rupture of the cruciate ligament and probable meniscus tear in my left knee. Surgery is scheduled for next Friday.

If you could keep your paws crossed for me that would be appreciated. Thanks.


Thank you, Molly Morris

September 19th 2010 6:34 am
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I have some pawsome pals! First Ella mentions me and my injury in her diary and then Molly Morris mentions me in hers. You guys are the greatest!

So far we have talked to my vet about the surgery. He can do one, but strongly recommended mom have a second opinion at the vet college. That appointment is September 29. Mom got a call from a friend yesterday and the friend suggested she phone a vet this friend used to work for because he may have a third surgical option for me. Mom will be phoning this clinic early in the week.

Mom is worried about my age, and the fact I already have arthritis in that joint. Once she has talked to everyone, we will decide which option is best for me.

Thanks again for all the rosettes and get well wishes. Please lean a little closer to your computer monitor so I can give you all a big hug!


Thank you, Ella

September 17th 2010 9:57 am
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My pawsome pal, Ella talked about me and my surgery in her diary. Thank you to all of Ella's pals that have sent me rosettes and good wishes. Ella, you are wonderful!!

I have a consultation booked at the Veterinary Hospital on September 29 and I have a tentative surgery date booked for October 25. I really hate being in my crate, but I will have to get used to it. After the surgery, I will have 12 more weeks of being in my crate before I can ease back into my routine.

Once again, thank you so much, Ella! Thank you also to everyone who sent rosettes and good wishes. Hugs!


Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy

September 17th 2010 2:38 am
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On Monday I decided to race towards our neighbor while he was driving his ATV in his field. Mom yelled, "Abby, no", but I disobeyed her and went charging across the field anyway. A short ways into the field I stumbled, and came limping badly back to mom. Mom was hoping it was a sprain and I would be better in a couple days. When I was still limping yesterday morning, mom made a vet appointment. We found out yesterday I ruptured my cruciate ligament.

We have two surgical options. One my vet can do and the other would need to be done at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in our city. Mom has a referral to the Teaching Hospital, and will be phoning them for an appointment later today. Once we have details on both surgeries, we will make the decision.

My vet recommends a Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy. This is the surgery that would need to be done by a specialist at the vet college.

Does anypup out there know of somepup that has had this surgery? If you do, mom would like to contact them and ask a few questions.

Thanks in advance.


That's what you think!

September 8th 2010 6:56 am
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Mom and dad have had some workers at the house the past few days. I, of course, bark at them in an effort to protect my home. I must greet each one and inspect them and decide if I want them in my home.

I really like the supervisor, he has played fetch with me and tug of war with me. He told mom, he couldn't take me seriously as a guard dog because my tail is always wagging. Oh yeah!

Then one of the workers said I look intimidating at first, but my tail never stops wagging so I am not much of a guard dog. Oh yeah!

That's what you think!! I think I will go sulk now!!


The Mighty Huntress

August 11th 2010 1:52 pm
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A few days ago, the momma was taking out the trash. She is happily carrying a couple of bags to the trash bin when she stops short, shrieks, and runs away. She has the presence of mind to not drop the garbage she is carrying.

Upon hearing her shriek, I race over and discover the big snake that had just slithered across her foot. I grab the snake and do my patented twirl over the head, followed by my patented twirl at ground level. I pick it up a few more times and do this and then am content it will never bother the momma again.

After a bit, mom decides to once again attempt to put the garbage in the trash bin. Once again, the snake slithers by her, she again shrieks and I again leap into action. She knows it is the same snake by the, um, chunk, that is taken out of it. Once again, I save the day, and mom can finally put the garbage where it belongs.

Gee, the momma is kinda high maintenance don't you think?


Saskatoon season

July 6th 2010 10:36 am
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This is my favorite time of the year. The wild saskatoons are ready to be picked. Mom and I went out looking for berries this morning and we got a nice amount and there are more ripening so we should get quite a few this year.

Saskatoons are also called service berries or june berries in some places. They are like blueberries, but way easier to pick. Mom always shares them with me and I just love. Of course, I do get bored watching her pick the berries. Today I amused myself by chasing ducks in the river. The river is very high, but I am a strong swimmer and I really enjoyed myself. Mom came to see what I was doing, and we watched an eagle swoop and soar in the sky. How majestic!

Hopefully some of those berries will find their way into my food dish soon.

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