Aug 6, 2020

Lumbosacral Stenosis

Addie had her annual exam on June 23. She has been having a little trouble with her back legs when getting up or sitting down. Outside of that she is in great health. Going out into the world during Covid-19 is a stressful endeavor but she managed it like a champ. 

To say I was shocked when our vet gave me his diagnosis was an understatement. The details that he provided about her potential deterioration are ingrained in my mind. Lumbosacral Stenosis is a painful disease that affects the spinal cord and the nerves around the area where the spinal column meets the pelvis (low down in the back near the tail, where the lumbar spine meet the sacrum at the level of the pelvis). We changed her meds to Galliprant and immediately saw an improvement. At the time my vet didn't do X-rays but decided to do them the next week. The X-rays showed arthritis in her right hip and left back leg. This arthritis could be contributing to her back leg movement which is my hope. 

She continues to have an amazing spirit, sprints around the yard, eats like a horse and although she is loosing her hair, she is as gorgeous as ever!

Oct 29, 2018

Day one of Week 9 After TPLO Surgery

It has been a very long 8 full weeks since her surgery date.

During week 8 Addie was completely sick of being confined. Each day her leg is getting stronger and she is wanting to put more weight on it. She even used her surgery leg to scratch her face which she has not done since before her surgery.

Yesterday she had a bath before her neighborhood debut. She's soooo fluffy!

Today is the day we have been waiting for. Her first walk since surgery.

It was a slow 15 minute walk and she did great! She really didn't want it to end. She got to see a friend and some other neighborhood dogs. She will have a 15 minute walk 3 times a day for the next 4 weeks to build up her muscles. Lucie was thrilled to have her sister back outside with her on a walk. 

I'm so proud of my girl. She has done so very well during this long healing process. Love my Addie girl so very much!

Oct 15, 2018

Week 7 after TPLO Surgery

Saying that Addie is sick of confinement is an understatement. The better she feels, the more she wants freedom. She continues to walk very well for potty breaks and even scratches the ground with her surgery leg here and there. Two more weeks until she can go for short walks. Oh what a glorious day that will be!

Oct 5, 2018

Week Five After TPLO Surgery

Same old same old up to this week. At the beginning of week five Addie decided that she didn't want me to do the passive range motion exercises any more. I almost thought maybe they were uncomfortable which is why she was resisting. Also, when I would run my finger up her leg where the stitches were, I could feel something poking out. My fear has always been that a screw would come loose.

Hailey was due for her annual exam so I brought Addie along for a quick check. Our vet was beyond thrilled with how Addie was walking when he first saw her. After he examined her he said she looks fabulous! He stated it's normal for them to resist the exercises at this point. When I take her out for potty breaks she is doing her own PT. She's putting weight on it and is walking a million times better than before the surgery. She still has a little more than 2 weeks before we can start short walks and a total of 6 more weeks of confinement. But I am so very thrilled that she is progressing so well. I asked if there was anything else that I should be doing for her and he said no. He couldn't be happier with how she looks. That thing that I felt poking out on her knee is an internal stitch. YAAY!

I was surprised when he stated that the majority of dogs that he sees who have this surgery don't have any rehab at all. And that after 6 months they are running around like nothing had every happened. I have been following my instructions closely so she has the best chance of recovery.

After researching and seeing what other vets recommend for their treatment plans, some are very aggressive. I see now that what I'm doing for Addie works really well.

Hailey's appointment went well too except she needs to loose weight. Don't we all :)