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As you know Bella has grade 4 LP in her left knee. I am not 100% decided on the surgery,
but leaning towards YES. I have started a savings account for her, in case we choose to
go ahead with it. I have her on Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Fish oil and Calcium. She gets
full leg & thigh massages, we do short but frequent walks to help her strengthen her leg
muscles and now have tried a little swimming in the tub. She did very well, but I'd like
to buy her a tiny life jacket, I think it will slow her down a bit and make swimming a
bit less stressful and easier for her. Here is a little video of our first attempt.






And a couple of cute pictures.


Rub a dub dub little Bella's in the tub.



Sweetie pie had a bath afterwards...all clean!



Ohh this water tastes good ma!






ps: I've spoken to a few of you on here about LP surgeries and your experience has helped,
if there is anyone else who went through it with their dog or chose not to, please don't
be shy to share your experience and opinion. I'm reading and taking it all in.
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Holy smokes is she adorable! She is so cute swimming to the side of the tub and pawing to try and escape. "Mama, pwease help me! Dis water is cold!" LOL. And I love that Rocky was trying to help her escape, he is such a concerned big brother

She certainly seems like she's a good swimmer, but I agree that a life jacket may be a good investment if you are going to do that often.

I cannot get over how little she is!!! She looks tiny in the tub!
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Holy smokes is she adorable! She is so cute swimming to the side of the tub and pawing to try and escape. "Mama, pwease help me! Dis water is cold!" LOL. And I love that Rocky was trying to help her escape, he is such a concerned big brother

She certainly seems like she's a good swimmer, but I agree that a life jacket may be a good investment if you are going to do that often.

I cannot get over how little she is!!! She looks tiny in the tub!

Oh yes Rocky is the big protector. He is always looking out for her, he's a
good boy. He also loves to lick the water off everyone who comes out of a
bath or shower, us and the dogs, so he waits until we are done and then
sneak attacks with lots of licks! After seeing her in the tub today I decided
a life jacket would make things a bit easier on her, yet she'll still get the
benefits of swimming. I wonder if they make them in her size! Will check
it out online.
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awww. i loved watching the video and the bath pics ! what a little sweetheart she is
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Rocky is too funny, checking out what Bella's doing in the tub. Oh man, what I wouldn't give to have a bath tub like that! Mine is terrible, and having a bath actually hurts my back.

Just wanted to add that we have the smallest size of life jacket for Odie in the Outward Hound, and she's probably approaching 5 pounds. Hopefully someone else knows of one that carries an XXXS!
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awww. i loved watching the video and the bath pics ! what a little sweetheart she is
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Rocky is too funny, checking out what Bella's doing in the tub. Oh man, what I wouldn't give to have a bath tub like that! Mine is terrible, and having a bath actually hurts my back.

Just wanted to add that we have the smallest size of life jacket for Odie in the Outward Hound, and she's probably approaching 5 pounds. Hopefully someone else knows of one that carries an XXXS!

Oh you like it? I designed it all myself! Picked out the tiles and everything.
I find it very sexy, lol. My previous tub was so ancient and scary looking even
my baby brother did not want to use it when he came over for sleepovers, lol.
He was like "It's ok I don't need a shower, I'm clean, I'll wait until home" haha,
this is after a 7 hour hike with my hubby and the dogs..."clean" yeah right!
Just scared of my tub! I'll find a picture of it for you.

And yes Bella would need some kind of xxs or xxxs.
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Oh you like it? I designed it all myself! Picked out the tiles and everything.
I find it very sexy, lol. My previous tub was so ancient and scary looking even
my baby brother did not want to use it when he came over for sleepovers, lol.
He was like "It's ok I don't need a shower, I'm clean, I'll wait until home" haha,
this is after a 7 hour hike with my hubby and the dogs..."clean" yeah right!
Just scared of my tub! I'll find a picture of it for you.

And yes Bella would need some kind of xxs or xxxs.
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I'm expecting this tub to look exactly like mine! Haha, I hate it! I'm waiting until we have enough money to re-do the whole bathroom.

BTW, Odie has the XXS.
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Oh yes Rocky is the big protector. He is always looking out for her, he's a
good boy. He also loves to lick the water off everyone who comes out of a
bath or shower, us and the dogs, so he waits until we are done and then
sneak attacks with lots of licks!
Haha! Axle does exactly the same thing, it's kinda gross, especially when he licks between my toes, but also very cute.

Bella is such a cutie pie and she's looking so much better. All that time you're putting in with her is paying off!
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