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CCL injury again...le sigh

Discussion in 'Emotional Support' started by Jazzy, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Veronica really isn't a high energy dog...by any stretch of the imagination. But what I worry (allot) about is her reactivity. It's impossible to take her outside without her reacting to....something. And she LOOKS for things to react to, whether it be a squirrel, the neighbor's cat or a plastic bag...all of which can involve efforts to lunge and jump :no2:

    We took her for a 2 minute walk down the street to test out how we can use the sling for extra control over her after surgery...in that 2 minute period I made the mistake of letting her walk near the grass (obviously a bad move) as she tried to fling herself onto the ground (which would have culminated in rubbing her back, jumping up and trying to run had I not grabbed her) then she locked on to something...I have no idea what because I was focusing all my attention on her and we decided to drag (and I mean drag) her back home because she was ready to start shit with something. Normally she'll just have a little spaz and I'll reel her in with the leash, get her attention and it's done...

    however we cannot afford a little spaz which involves putting pressure on her knee, then hitting the end of her leash which is more pressure on her knee then being forcibly guided by said leash which = MORE pressure on the knee.

    She just won't be able to leave the house for 2 months...:hairpull:
     
  2. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    I had missed this. Best of luck to Ms V!
     
  3. Cofla

    Cofla Big Dog

    Jazzy I know what you mean by all that reactivity, got the same around here, but if you have to keep her mostly home for two months, I'm sure that with your teaching qualities and Miss V intelligence after those two months we will be inundated with videos of Miss V doing some Yoga positions, some Meditation and relaxation on command and God knows what else.
    Go Jazzy Go!!! I'm sure you'll do it.
    Sending good vibes for the baby.

    Eddy
     
  4. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    #1, that's what the drugs are for ;) Make sure you tell the surgeon exactly how she usually is. They should prescribe enough meds for her to where she isn't going to be reactive. If she has to be heavily sedated for at least the first 2-3wks., then so be it.

    #2, this will be a great time for you guys to work together outside on teaching focus, etc.! That's one thing I've taken advantage of with Piper during her recovery.. lots of training with things like cleaning up her heeling, focus, etc. Those things are "easy" on the dogs, but great for their brains.
     
  5. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Eddy _ I don't know about yoga positions, but we have been playing around with elocution lessons :grin:. We're working on growl and whine. It's all I could think of that doesn't require any movement. :lol:

    Kady - thank you for reminding we. I guess I keep thinking she is going to be more fragile than she actually will be and for a longer period of time. Our heeling does need allot of cleaning up. I was thinking the walks needed to be more...unstructured (I guess it was thinking it would be nice for Veronica to be able to get out and sniff around after already having been in the house and pent up for over a month...but given she is already pent up combined with her high reactivity level...I don't think she can handle an unstructured stroll - so the heeling is an excellent idea!
     
  6. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    That's totally normal.. I thought I was going to break Piper during the first 48hrs. home :lol:

    For the first week, it was really just a quick in/out potty break, not much walking at all. After that though, a little more. And once the staples came out, even more (plus I added in the underwater treadmill too).
     
  7. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    I'm sure I'll be PMing you almost daily with incredibly stupid questions! :lol:

    Now I just want to get it over with. The waiting is killing me and poor Veronica...she is sooo GOOD but she's getting frustrated not being able to go out or even play with her toys...she's my little couch buddy.
     
  8. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

    Jazzy, will Miss V be going for rehab after surgery? I think it plays a huge roll in how well the animals do afterwards, as I'm sure Kady can attest to.
     
  9. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    There are no stupid questions ;)

    Honestly, before Piper's surgery I let her play.. a lot more. I kind of went by the thought of "well, she's getting it fixed anyway". I didn't let her get too crazy (didn't want her to be too sore) though!
     
  10. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    I can't say for certain...it is a possiblility and there is a pretty decent rehab nearby. The surgeon touched on it and I guess we will decide more on her recovery process once we get the surgery over.

    I think rehab is a good idea, we will just have to figure the logistics of getting her there...and I like that they also put together a home rehab plan for you,...so I definitely want to do that.
     
  11. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Like Beki said, rehab does play a huge role, IMO anyway! I feel like if you're going to spend this much on a surgery, it's worth it to spend a little more to help the healing and re-strengthening process.

    Where I work, we like to see dogs start to come in after their staples come out. The sooner, the better is our standpoint. We get dogs from surgeons who tells owners not to do ANYTHING for 8wks. in sometimes and they have lost a ton of muscle/core strength, which takes awhile to build back up. I kept Piper quiet, but I also didn't baby her, and I think that's a big reason why she is progressing so well.
     
  12. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Ideally, how many days per week is therapy done? How long do the sessions typically last and for how many months into recovery do you continue?
     
  13. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Well it varies depending on who you go to. For us, when we first get dogs in we like them to come twice a week for the first 4wks, maybe more.

    As far as the session length and how long, it really depends on the dog. Right now we're doing mostly underwater treadmill with Piper.. she's been in the treadmill for 11min. at a time so far. We block them off as 30min. appointments though. When her incision was healing we did K-laser on it, those are just 15min. sessions.

    Piper's treatment plan is a 6wk. plan. I can email it to you if you want! I will probably do one more 6wk. plan after that and just do all UWTM stuff to continue to build back her muscle.
     
  14. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Yes please email it to me; I'll PM you my regular email address.
    And what is UWTM? V. definitely needs to build her back muscles up!
     
  15. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Underwater treadmill :)
     
  16. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Just thought I'd let you guys know that Veronica had her surgery yesterday and is home resting comfortably!!
     
  17. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    I hope she heals well and quickly. But I'm sure she will considering all the pampering that's required for a diva. :)

    Sent from my Kindle Fire using Tapatalk 2
     
  18. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    I was just getting ready to PM you! I will anyway ;)
     
  19. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Thanks for the support guys!

    I was so freaked out without her last night...it was awful!
     
  20. Cofla

    Cofla Big Dog

    Best wishes and speedy recovery Miss V.:hug:

    Eddy
     

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