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.
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. 🙂
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!
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.
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!