Friday, May 23, 2014

Roo 7 days later - healing process

(Roo's temporary bed, a well padded laundry basket. This has allowed me to put her beside my bed at night and I can sleep in my own bed) 

Well we are almost a full week after the event. There have been little steps towards recovery which is going to be the pace of healing, slow and steady.  My vet says at first it will seem slow, but then there will be more noticeable improvement. My vet service has been great because they check in with me and the on-call vets are awesome if you call them no matter what the hour.   

She is trying to move around a little more shifting her position and stretching quite a bit.  She can still not stand and bear weight, but that will come. She is so-so on eating, but I just keep offering it to her. She ate two meals yesterday and was drinking water a little more willingly. We are still giving regular pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds and the need for those won't decrease yet for a little while. In all honesty if I had two broken hips, I think I would not be tolerating it as well or with such grace as she is.  She is one tough cookie.

Best thing is my mom has come down to be with Roo when I have to work. I had no idea of what I was going to do with out her helping me. Thanks Mom you are the best poocha granny!

I am internet searching rehab & what to do for Roo a few weeks from now and am looking for a place that does water therapy.  Water therapy offers a supported non-weight bearing environment for the dog to exercise muscles & joints and ideally the water creates resistance. From research they say 5 minutes in the water is like running 5 miles. The water also has to be warm to encourage blood flow and loosening of the muscles, joints, and supporting structures. So I am going to investigate that a little more and work with my vet.

Interesting fact they don't cast things like this and if the fracture is non-displaced the dogs body acts like a natural cast due to the way they are constructed with muscles, joints, ligaments and supporting structures. 

So all in all we are moseying along and I think all of us are pretty tired right now.  I am so very lucky though because she is still with me an I am pouring my love into her.


Martha Tenney said...

Happy to read this good news update with photos!

Water therapy is an excellent idea and I wish for a strong recovery for your little girl.

Dar said...

Thanks Martha!

docdonna said...

So glad your little angel is doing better! Keep us updated on her progress, prayers going out for all of you.

David Masse said...

Dar, I happy this is moving along so well for Roo. Will one of those doggy wheelchairs be needed (where the hind quarters are suspended in a sling in a wheeled cart)?

Deb said...

Sounds like excellent progress is being made with your sweet heart!

I have been thinking of her daily and all my Bichon girls wish her a speedy and pain free recovery:

"Woof, woof...we love you Miss Roo! Feel better soon!"

Brenda said...

Glad to hear things are getting better, it really does sound as if she is coping pretty well all things considered. And that last photo, she looks like a tired but well loved puppy.

The water therapy sounds like an excellent idea, does she like the water?

Sending her some more well wishes and kisses :)

Trobairitz said...

So, so glad she is doing better. And moving around is such a good sign.

For water therapy can you fill the bathtub deep enough that she can dog paddle in it?

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Great news Dar, all the best for more and continuous improvement!

BeemerGirl said...

Exciting news! Great that poocha granny has been able to stay and take care of her. I'm hoping for continued improvement and quick recovery.