Post Surgery Ups and Downs

Last week Phineas was doing so well. We were allowed to do 15 minute walks along with curbs and even dancing!  He even wanted to take a longer walk one night, but I had to say ” no, not yet Phineas.”

We ventured to the park a few times, even if it was just to discard his poop bag. The park was good since it has little hills to climb. 

Sniffing for something roll in.

Due to an unfortunate circumstance, his walks to the park will have to wait. We were almost home from a walk when a neighbor kid started to make barking sounds. Yes, I was a little annoyed. This got Phin a little excited. Even on a shortened leash he tried to do zoomies. The kid was still making noises even with his dad telling him to be quiet. So in about 15 seconds Phin went from fine to not putting any weight on his back right leg. The one that was fixed in surgery.

We ended up hopping home. I was upset with the kid and upset with me for not be able to keep him calm. He just wants to play, after all. Thankfully we could see the vet the following day and everything is in place. He just needs to take it easy for a few days. Just now he walked using all four legs which is a big improvement.

Our life will be pretty boring for 3 or 4 more days. Thats okay with me though. There is snow on the way which is a great excuse to stay in and snuggle.

I’m such a good snuggler; even when I hog the blankie.

Not So Great News

I took Phineas to the vets today. Ugh.

 Just over a week ago he hurt his leg during a squirrel chase and he was still limping occasionally a week later. He didn’t even get the squirrel. 😦

In the reception area he got to bark at the resident kitty. That cat had enough and went to the back. Smart kitty haha!

In the exam room he was scared, but didn’t make a sound or do anything bad. The vet laid him on his side and first checked his knee. It turns out he pulled the tendon at the knee and his kneecap can slide out of place. Luxating patella they call it. The rest of his leg is ok, thank goodness!  After he was done he finally ate some treats and then begged for more. He was back to himself.

The docs orders are pain meds and 2 weeks of strict rest. Luckily for the both of us, I think his pain meds are making him more mellow than normal. Not crazy loopy, just chill. This helps tremendously! 

Phineas following docs orders…hopefully till 6 am or later

Phineas trying to rest. He was destroying his new penguin and would toss it around occasionally.

So, during the evening and overnight he is on a 4′ leash and when I’m gone he’s crated. If he gets a little stir crazy he’s crated for a little. He also has a new stash of rawhide, bully sticks and whimzee chews. Kongs and bones will be filled and frozen this weekend for his snacking pleasure. 
If all goes well his little knee will improve and we won’t have to think about surgery. We are crossing our fingers and toes!

Phineas and his visual foodometer

This morning Phin was up bright and early. He immediately  started to chew on things he shouldn’t.  He was a little whiney so I decided to give him a snack…just about half his breakfast.

I mosey over to his food container, scoop some food, place it in his bowl, and set the bowl down. Like the good boy he is (insert eye roll)he was already sitting. After telling him he can eat, he eagerly approaches his bowl. Then he sits down and gazes at me with his sweet, brown puppy eyes. Again I tell him he can eat. He just sits there. Since the third times a charm, again, I told him he can eat. After giving me an “I guess so, anything is better than nothing” look, he began to eat.

My little stinker was hoping for more food in his bowl! Sorry bud,  not at 4 am. 

I guess he has a foodometer to tell him that his food level is below normal, or what is acceptable in his mind. Sigh.