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.
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.
It’s been a little over a week since Phineas had MPL surgery. It’s been crazier than I thought so I apologize for not blogging sooner.
A little history for everybody; Phineas was chasing a squirrel, hit a little patch of mud and hurt his right knee. He took it easy for about a week but still wouldn’t always use his right leg. That’s when I decided to take him to see the vet. His favorite thing.
So we saw our regular vet and the verdict was that he has patellar luxation in the right leg; otherwise known as a knee cap that slides out of place. The doctor’s orders was two weeks of bed rest and some painkillers.
So the two weeks went by and he was acting better but would still lift his right leg up as if he was in pain. The next step was to consider surgery. Being that Phineas is young and active I really wanted to fix it as long as he would be able to have a semi-normal active life. We ended up consulting with an orthopedic doctor not too far away and ultimately chose her to perform the surgery.
So like I said, he had his surgery of just over a week ago and he’s doing pretty good. Unfortunately for him he is stuck with a cone most of the time till his incision heals. He’s also not supposed to run or jump up. For the first week or so this was okay because he was pretty mellow. Starting yesterday,however, he is feeling back to normal which means he wants to play, run and jump. The bad news is these restrictions are for 8 weeks. The good news is we have 6 weeks and 5 days to go!
We also have exercises to do two to three times a day along with trying to ice his leg after said exercises. This is the trickiest part of this whole ordeal; trying to get my dog to relax so I can stretch out and bends his leg. Even worse, trying to have him stay still while I put a little ice pack on his leg. Ugh.
For Phineas there are some highlights to the surgery. First, he got some new toys to destroy! Second, on our way home from the vet we stopped at Starbucks and Phineas had his first puppuccino!
Anyone out there have to take care of their puppers as they recover from a surgery? Any tips on keeping your dog calm and chill?
Oh yeah, forgot to mention he should have his other knee fixed too! Oh joy.
So the past week has been a little trickier than normal. After having an idiotic falk in the bathroom I found out I broke my wrist.
No worries, 6 weeks in a cast and nurse Phineas making sure I don’t over do it.
For those who never broke a bone, I recommend to never ever do! Everything takes twice as long to do and the simplest tasks cause a little to alot of pain. It’s been a week, so the pain level is reduced. Trying fo get stuff done is still very frustrating. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Our latest adventure was visiting my 99-3/4 old grandma, my cousin and her little guy.
We spent most of the day at the house; in the living room to be precise. The little dude loves dogs, so Phineas was present as well. Phineas had his leash on so I could try to control him a little better. Not surprisingly, his new little human friend loved the leash too. At one point they both were down the hall. Next thing you know, they are zooming down the hall with Phineas in the lead and his buddy hanging on to the leash. 🙈 We tried to slow them down and have the youngin’ drop the leash. Well, that didn’t happen. Phineas ended up going around the coffee table and BAM! the leash knocked of a large, breakable, hopefully not a cherished family heirloom off the table. Of course it broke, but no one was hurt.
So, lately I’m wondering what is next…
On a high note, Phin was exhausted and slept the whole night through.
It is too cold out there! I’m not out long these days cause I can’t go for walkies and zoomies. Thankfreakinggoodness! Momma makes me wear a sweater and puts goo on my paws. She’s threatening to get footwear for me, too. All this cause I hobbled on 2 paws since the other 2 were cold. Hope it’s not 6° F where you live! Brrrrrrr!
Hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday! Did anyone else hear those loud booms and bangs?🎆 They woke me up! Mommas glad I wasn’t outside or I would have really freaked out!
Do you have a New Year rezolushun? Momma says she wants to exercise more and send more cards in the mail. Mine is to stop attacking people’s feet (sorry Auntie Susan. Guess I don’t like leopard print shoes) and try to be nice to everybody. Well, unless you are a robber. I’ll rip your feet off if you try to take my treats!
Here’s to a great 2017!
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!
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!