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The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Driving Miss Daisy….Back to the Vet

on December 9, 2013

We decided to make a follow-up vet appointment a couple weeks early because we’re concerned that Daisy isn’t using her leg much at all, even when she stands still to eat (yes, we got her back to acting like a dog at mealtime again!). The original vet said she should have been using it more and more over the past couple weeks.

She still holds that leg up high.

She still holds that leg up high.

So we went back to our own vet to get his assessment. He’s a wonderful doctor and we trust him completely. He’s so much more interested in his patients’ health that he told us he wouldn’t charge us for any and all surgery follow-up visits, even though his office didn’t do the surgery. And he held true to his word. πŸ™‚

The good news is that she’s healing well. Her reluctance to use her leg is normal because it’s still a bit painful at this point in the healing process.

He did a very detailed exam of her leg and said everything’s going perfectly. We can now allow her to walk all around the house, but she’s still not allowed to jump or run at all. This should be fun, especially since we tried it yesterday and she immediately got excited and hurt herself, even though we tried to keep her calm. This is NOT a low-key dog!

I guess they really are keeping my movements limited for my own good....

I guess they really are keeping my movements limited for my own good….

In another week, we’re to begin “physical therapy” in the form of taking her for walks in parks on uneven ground to force her to use the leg more for balance. Oh joy, more fun….especially in these freezing temps….

We asked him about the surgeon’s statement that Daisy has a 50/50 chance of developing arthritis in her youth because of this injury. He said that while it’s possible, the risk is far less than 50/50 because she’s a small dog of only 14 pounds, which reduces the tendency to contract arthritis from this injury. If she were to become overweight, that would be a different story. No problem there!

On the not-so-great-but-not-terrible side is that we have to put her back on painkillers in order to get her to use her leg more. Ten drops of a liquid med plus a quarter of the same painkiller she was on every day until we take her back to see him in another two weeks. Then he’ll make another assessment based on her progress at that point.

I guess I'll just keep hobbling along for now....

I guess I’ll just keep hobbling along for now….

But overall, it was a good report. We were very relieved to hear that her leg is healing well and normally. That will be our best Christmas present of all this year!

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28 responses to “Driving Miss Daisy….Back to the Vet

  1. That is all wonderful news. Good job Daisy and keep up the good healing.

  2. Mags Corner says:

    Great news to hear. Sweet Daisy you just keep taking it easy and healing sweetie. It won’t be too much longer until you will be back good as new and can run and jump again. Hugs and nose kisses

  3. barb19 says:

    That’s wonderful news that Daisy is progressing – at least you have put your mind at ease that everything is healing fine. She will use it when she’s ready, but the walking sounds good to try and get her to use it more. Poor Daisy! it will be a relief when it’s healed completely and she is back to normal.

  4. Great news Daisy x in no time you will be on all four paws xxx

  5. writetowag says:

    Yes, that is one wonderful Christmas gift!!!! We send wishes of love, health and healing to sweet little Daisy!!!! Hugs

  6. Will and Eko says:

    Long road, but glad to hear that things are coming along well and that Daisy is in good spirits.

  7. Great it heals well. Maybe Daisy would like some massages and a physical therapy like humans need after surgery? I cross my paws and I hope Daisy can cross hers soon too – all four :o)

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Aww thank you Easy! It’s funny you should mention massage – we’ve actually been doing some gentle massage on that leg for a couple of weeks, and she absolutely loves it. She does seem to lower the leg more after we do it too, and she reacts like humans do to massage – she starts falling asleep. πŸ™‚

  8. Misaki says:

    Keep healing Daisy. In your paws I’d be jumping all over the place too, but do try to take it easy xxx

  9. kolytyi says:

    This is fantastic that the vet visit went so smoothly – with best results and without any accidents or little presents! I think the meds and the visual reinforcement (yes, this is a doggy leg and not a chicken leg) will help and the Bionic Pup will be a four-paws drive soon!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      LOL She even wagged her tail when he took her temperature – the vet couldn’t believe it! πŸ™‚ I like your comment about “four-paws drive” – we can’t wait for that day to come! πŸ˜€

  10. Dawn says:

    Love your blog title! So cute πŸ˜€ It makes sense that she’s still not using her leg. It seems she’s making improvements, though. I’m very happy to hear this.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you Dawn! I love the seasonal header options on WP. It made sense to me too that it would take time for the pain to go away, but that other vet at the hospital kept insisting she should be using her leg sooner. Then again, he was very young and inexperienced, so it was probably more of a textbook answer. He’ll learn over time! πŸ˜‰

  11. Marcie says:

    Great to hear the leg is healing as it should!

  12. snoopys@snoopysdogblog says:

    Hey Daisy

    You’re being such a brave doggie, I’m sure you’re getting lots of extra love! Glad the news is good….

    Big hugs

    Your pal Snoopy πŸ™‚

  13. 2browndawgs says:

    Glad she is healing well! This blogger hasn’t blogged in a while, but she had two dogs go through FHO surgery and wrote about their rehab. Maybe you can get some tips or tricks. Here is a link to a page with the posts:

    http://loveofmydogs.com/wellnes-nutrition/surgery-rehabilitation/

    Good luck with the rehabing.

  14. I am so glad you took her to the vet. Now you know she’s doing well and can relax on that point. But I’m sorry with you about the pain meds. The reasoning behind giving them to her makes a lot of sense, but I’m sure the side effects aren’t too easy. What an ordeal for you all, but it’s so good to know she’s on the mend. That really was some accident! 😦

    • raisingdaisy says:

      It’s amazing to think that one wrong move when she jumped off that chair could cause such a horrible thing to happen. A one-second accident = months of difficulties. The toughest part is knowing that she’ll still want to jump onto and off of things, it’ll be impossible to stop her forever. Right now we have chairs and tables blocking the sofas, and dining room chairs are all tilted forward, leaning on the table so she won’t be tempted to jump on them, but we can’t keep the house like this forever!

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