I feel like I’m really dropping the ball on these Charlie updates but then again, I don’t know if people even care about them or if they’re simply for my benefit, in which case if so, that’s fine by me. I personally find it nice to look back and see all the progress he’s made over the last three months. So if these posts make you happy, cool, if not, you can move along. 🙂 Today, Sir Charlie is 85 days (!!) post-op — we are almost at the three-month mark you guys and I cannot believe the progress he’s made, even just in the last 4 weeks but man, time is flying and in this case, it is a very good thing.
It was around the 2-2.5 month mark that we really started to notice a difference in Charlie’s leg, his stance and even his gait. His right leg was a bit splayed after the surgery and we chalked it up to when he injured himself, he’d splay out the leg to compensate, and so that he could balance himself out with both his good , but it was around the 2 month mark that we noticed the leg came in a bit, underneath his body like it should and we also noticed that Charlie was once again prancing like a proud little dude. Of course all of this hydrotherapy is helping, so are the exercises, walking and icing his leg. Everything works in unity together and we are so happy to say that Charlie is doing very well.
He had a check up last week with my mom and the veterinarian didn’t feel any instability or movement in the knee joint (drawer test), which is good, and that he’s in great shape. The key to aging with Charlie is that I’ve got to keep him nice and lean, so with that, I’ve cut his food back just slightly, same for Baxter and they are (still) getting walk two to three times daily.
Let’s see some Charlie (and Baxter, of course) pictures:
Day 78 – his 10th hydrotherapy session