It looks like our little boy Otis just will not get better so we have opted to have the surgery. Watching him mope around while his sister gets to play, not being able to run, and not being able to make it up and down the stairs is killing us to say the least.
We know it will be a tough 12+ weeks ahead but feel that he'll be better off in the long run.
If anybody has any inside tips on how to handle the post-op, that would be great!
Your main focus is to keep your dog as immobile as possible.She will want to come out of her crate, but be very firm about keeping her inactive for the period of time your vet tells you.When you do take her out to potty, carry her at first.Keep the leash on her,and as soon as she's done, Pick her up.When she is allowed to walk, take her on the leash, and only go for small walks, just in the yard. Your biggest challenge will be keeping her quiet in the house, when you bring her home. I might be tempted to put a playpen in your living room, a small one, and put pee pads down. Of course if she starts to climb, that won't do. I would just move the crate around to wherever you are, if you're home all day, and if not, I would use an X-pen. Good luck with her.
Our Heidi had her surgery in June and though the recovery time was long and hard it certainly paided off. You would never know she had the knee problem... she is running and jumping and acting as normal as can be..
Thanks for the tips. He went in this morning...waiting to hear from the vet now.
We have never crated Otis before as he lives inside a rather large playpen (for a small breed dog) but I imagine we'll have to put the crate inside the playpen to limit his mobility. We also picked up some potty pads as per your advice.
He spent the additional night at the hospital due to the fact that he just wouldn't leave the cone on his head alone! He just kept tossing and turning around inside the pet taxi so much that they finally had to remove it completely.
His scar looks absolutely awful (although well done) and his spirits are definitely low, but he can manage walking about enough to go to the bathroom, etc. In fact the vet was quite impressed that he was "up and at 'em" so quick.
Just remember that his being 'up and at em' isn't necessarily a good thing. You want to keep him as immobile as possible for the next weeks, even if he wants to move or is able to move. YOu certainly don't want him reinjuring it by trying to do too much.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.