Charlie’s Recovery – 23 Days Post-Op 12

Charlie's Post-Op Recovery

Hello, Friends!  I had wanted to post yesterday, but I was kind of in a shitty mood, and so I thought it was a smart idea not to get on the blog and start rambling away about how life sucks sometimes.  Moving along, today is a new day.  My second last day off before I go back on Friday… for a day! LOL!  Then off again Monday and Tuesday and finally back to work next Wednesday.  It’s a lot of fun with the dogs (all five, yes 5), there’s never a dull moment that’s for sure.

If you missed reading about Charlie’s Post-Op Recovery, you can to read about his Diagnosis and post-op recovery here, herehere, here, here and finally (sorry!), here.

One thing I neglected to mention when we started Charlie’s hydrotherapy on Day 16, they measured Charlie’s quads to see how much muscle loss he has had since injuring his leg back in January.  His hind right leg measured at 26 cm and the hind left, surgery leg, measured at 23 cm.  Significant, enough… So the idea with the rehab and building his strength back is to either build muscle again or maintain it but he definitely cannot lose any more..

So, our second hydrotherapy appointment was scheduled on Monday afternoon.  Two Vet Techs took us into the back room and they tag-teamed him, one using the ultrasound wand on his anterior quad and the other did cold laser therapy on the interior part of his quad, on the underside.of his quad.  A quick five minutes later and we were off to go outside into their yard and walk cavalettis (explained here) for a couple of minutes and then to the balance ball.


Here are the Cavalettis

Balance Ball for Dogs Balance Ball for Dogs
Once he did a few minutes of exercises on the ball, we headed inside to the treadmill.  Good thing, because it was hotter than hell outside and it was getting sweaty working outside with Chucky.

Last Thursday at his first appointment, he walked 5 and a half minutes in the water.  This week he walked TEN!  The Vet Techs are so flippin’ impressed with how he’s walking and progressing in his rehabilitation.  [sidebar: SO nice and relieving to hear, it’s comforting,}

Here’s a short video that I took of him in the water.

We have another appointment tomorrow evening, which I booked so that Jeff could come with me and see what I’ve seen and learn how to fill the treadmill.

Charlie slept the rest of the afternoon and evening and was quite tired yesterday as well, which is understandable.


Bichon Frise

Post-rehab. Tiiiiired. 🙂

Bichon Frise

Drying off in the sun afterwards

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Sleeping Bichon Frise

They’re snuggling … Awww!

That’s all for today.  Not sure what’s going to be on the agenda tomorrow, as I’m trying to hammer out some draft posts the rest of the afternoon, on top of food prep, meeting a pet sitting client this evening and hopefully fitting in a 20 km bike ride, or something like that.

Have a great day my friends!! 😉



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