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Oakley's surgery is scheduled for this Friday. I am making her a fleece blankey tonight and will be sleeping with it for the next few nights so it smells like me, and will give it to them at the surgeons...

But I'm not sure what comfort items I should have for her for the first few weeks of recovery where she won't be able to move around much. I know some of you have already shared about your surgery experience, but I was wondering what you did to keep your little ones happy when they couldn't be mobile. I am so worried about her and that she will be miserable, she is my princess and I just want this all to be over with.

Fortunately there seems to have been some improvement in her knee so she isn't in as much discomfort right now. It is still luxating 6-7 times a day but the kneecap is remaining in its groove otherwise, making her leg a grade II not a III or IIII like they originally thought. I think we are still going to do surgery though as its hard to see her still having so much trouble and its also hard to keep her still! The glucosamine 2x/day and doubling her dosage seems to have helped I think.

So any suggestions are more than welcome, I was wondering if a heated bed might provide her some comfort as well? We haven't yet decided how we will best "contain" her those first few weeks but I want it to be as comfortable as possible. We are considering a playpen or a very large wire crate where there could be a bed, water, some chew toys and a potty pad even though she has been doing wonderfully with her pottying outside lately.
 

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So glad you posted, Kristi, I've been thinking about you guys. I think the fleece blanket is a great idea. :) The playpen too, she'd probably be more comfortable in there than a crate with more room to move about. I'm so glad there's been more improvement in her leg, maybe the ortho will want to wait and see a bit longer now?
 

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So glad you posted, Kristi, I've been thinking about you guys. I think the fleece blanket is a great idea. :) The playpen too, she'd probably be more comfortable in there than a crate with more room to move about. I'm so glad there's been more improvement in her leg, maybe the ortho will want to wait and see a bit longer now?
I'm not sure, I am going to call and ask if there seems to be more improvement, but she still is having much more trouble than I'd like. :(
 

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Since Chico will be having this kind of surgery probably around Christmas... I would LOVE if you created a 'diary' on here for Oakley so we all could watch and learn from your experience....I know it would take time but if you do find alittle extra time for entries I know me, for one, would love to read it....
 

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It helps to talk it all through, Jan, so a diary is a good idea. Will do :) Or I may just create a blog for it, and link to it through my siggy :) Will let you know what I do. I didn't know Chico was having trouble w/ LP too, & how is his diet going?
 

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It helps to talk it all through, Jan, so a diary is a good idea. Will do :) Or I may just create a blog for it, and link to it through my siggy :) Will let you know what I do. I didn't know Chico was having trouble w/ LP too, & how is his diet going?
his diet is slow but making progress... one reason he is to lose the weight is for the surgery... Chico isn't in any pain and runs like there isn't anything wrong but he does the 'bunny hop' that is so well known with L/P :(
 

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I'm not sure, I am going to call and ask if there seems to be more improvement, but she still is having much more trouble than I'd like. :(
I'll be curious what the ortho says, but it's a good sign it's getting a little better. :) You'll know what's best in the end. I think the diary is a great idea too, it would help a lot of people, I'm sure.
 

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Oh Oakley it makes me cry that you're in pain :( 2 things are on a plane right now to you to make like a little more comfortable and we'll send some nommys too when they get here to keep you all occupied (low fat obviously)

TBH Kristi i dont think theres any more you can do.. she needs to have room but not a lot of room especially with her being a hopper!!

I wouldn't use a potty pad if she's been doing well just pop her on a lead and take her out for her potty breaks.. you dont want to cause more problems by confusing her with her toilet area. I think the blanket with your scent is fab (i did the same for Daisy's spay) and maybe a nice toy that doesn't excite her that she just likes to cuddle or chew on!

More than anything lots of love and attention :D
 

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My thought is she is having a pre-surgery check with the specialist. TBH I don't think the surgeon is going to force surgery at all if she thinks it will heal. So I am going to take her to Denver for an "official" check by a specialist and if we decide surgery is going to be inevitable we will go that route. Otherwise she might luck out and avoid surgery for now. The part that concerns me the most is that because of the LP in her one knee, she is very clearly favoring/over using the good knee, and I'm worried if she continues, she'll then have problems in both knees so I just don't know :-/
 

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Oh Oakley it makes me cry that you're in pain :( 2 things are on a plane right now to you to make like a little more comfortable and we'll send some nommys too when they get here to keep you all occupied (low fat obviously)

TBH Kristi i dont think theres any more you can do.. she needs to have room but not a lot of room especially with her being a hopper!!

I wouldn't use a potty pad if she's been doing well just pop her on a lead and take her out for her potty breaks.. you dont want to cause more problems by confusing her with her toilet area. I think the blanket with your scent is fab (i did the same for Daisy's spay) and maybe a nice toy that doesn't excite her that she just likes to cuddle or chew on!

More than anything lots of love and attention :D
Oakley says thank you auntie Sarah :) I don't want to confuse her on the potty issue either. This is the first time over the past month we've had 100% success with her pottying and we can always get home to let her out at lunch so I am happy about that as she is almost 17 months old now! FWIW lol, there's another con of getting an older pup too!

I stopped giving her the anti-inflamatory that I was given because I read too many scary things about it, and no vet would give me another one so I've just been giving her cage rest and glucosamine 2x/day. Shes also being fed 100% raw right now w/ salmon oil/coconut oil and nupro as a supplement.

Got to figure out some things that aren't fattening that she can have, she was 3 lb 9 oz last night so only 2 or 3 more ounces and I think she will be good, the vet said 3.2-3.3 but I just don't know about that. she is already much smaller than you'd think so its hard to think of her losing weight! She only seems to want toys when playing w/ the boys and she can't do that right now :(
 

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My thought is she is having a pre-surgery check with the specialist. TBH I don't think the surgeon is going to force surgery at all if she thinks it will heal. So I am going to take her to Denver for an "official" check by a specialist and if we decide surgery is going to be inevitable we will go that route. Otherwise she might luck out and avoid surgery for now. The part that concerns me the most is that because of the LP in her one knee, she is very clearly favoring/over using the good knee, and I'm worried if she continues, she'll then have problems in both knees so I just don't know :-/
I understand. :( It's a tough call, the ortho will be able to help guide you to the right decision though. I really wouldn't worry too much about her other knee, she is so light, I think it will be ok. I totally understand the concern though, I'll be curious as to the specialists thoughts on that too.
 

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Oakley says thank you auntie Sarah :) I don't want to confuse her on the potty issue either. This is the first time over the past month we've had 100% success with her pottying and we can always get home to let her out at lunch so I am happy about that as she is almost 17 months old now! FWIW lol, there's another con of getting an older pup too!

I stopped giving her the anti-inflamatory that I was given because I read too many scary things about it, and no vet would give me another one so I've just been giving her cage rest and glucosamine 2x/day. Shes also being fed 100% raw right now w/ salmon oil/coconut oil and nupro as a supplement.

Got to figure out some things that aren't fattening that she can have, she was 3 lb 9 oz last night so only 2 or 3 more ounces and I think she will be good, the vet said 3.2-3.3 but I just don't know about that. she is already much smaller than you'd think so its hard to think of her losing weight! She only seems to want toys when playing w/ the boys and she can't do that right now :(
Its hard getting her to lose weight the right way.. obv she can't be exercised.. she must be going stir crazy!!!!

I only ordered low fat stuff so it should be okay.. i'll send some stuff with the stuff im sending that she can have now to keep her interested.. it is really hard as a lot of the chews and stuffs are really fattening (like bully sticks)

Honestly i think you're doing a great job its obvious how much she (and the others) mean to you and you are doing everything you can try not to beat yourself up i know its really hard i do it with Abi daily.. but you are a fab owner and she will get better just love love love her!
 

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That is a good idea kristy. :) I hate it that this happened :(
I would see why you would worry about that other knee too, but it will probably be ok since she hasn't actually injured it, or did she hit both? Anyway, i will keep you guys in my prayers. I think the heated bed sounds awesome. :D If you have to be in bed may as well be super warm and snuggly. And as thin as she will be she doesn't have much "insulation" ;) Keep us posted!
 

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I'm so happy to hear that she is feeling some better. It's so hard to know what to do when you are faced with something like this. I know you will make the best decision. Sounds like you have the comfort items under control. She will recover in style, comfort and luxury. You are an awesome Mama! We send our best wishes. :)
 

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That is a good idea kristy. :) I hate it that this happened :(
I would see why you would worry about that other knee too, but it will probably be ok since she hasn't actually injured it, or did she hit both? Anyway, i will keep you guys in my prayers. I think the heated bed sounds awesome. :D If you have to be in bed may as well be super warm and snuggly. And as thin as she will be she doesn't have much "insulation" ;) Keep us posted!
She only hit the one, the other still is firmly in place. The problem is let's say she jumps something again before we can stop her, and comes down on the one good knee to hard because she can't really use the bad one? :-/ So that's my big concern.
 

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When Zoey had her knee done I put a heating pad in her crate/bed with her, as well as nice soft blankets, almost too many of them. I made sure she had her favorite 'snugglies' (toys she snuggles with) and when I iced her knee I made sure to cover it in a washcloth so it wasn't 'direct' coldness on her knee. Make sure to follow the surgeons aftercare instructions, and make a list of questions to ask so you don't forget anything. I also made sure she wasn't bugged or pestered by the other animals too much for the first few days. Also had some baby food (beechnut turkey/chicken) for the first few days as she really didn't feel like eating 'normally' for the first few days. But she would eat the baby food.
 

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She only hit the one, the other still is firmly in place. The problem is let's say she jumps something again before we can stop her, and comes down on the one good knee to hard because she can't really use the bad one? :-/ So that's my big concern.
Surely she isn't still jumping about!!?? :shock:
I have been concerned about leila since this happening. she jumps on and off , on and off, on and off, on and off.....etc. etc. Big flying leaps, I have trying to correct her but it's hard. She doesn't listen :( . She wants to get to her people on the furniture and ugh...
 

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Poor little Oakley :( I was away this week so just kind of got caught up on everything thats happened. Thank goodness you have the insurance! I hope she keeps on improving so that maybe you wont need the surgery. Keeping them quiet for so long can be really hard on them and on you. I do think you should leash her and take her outside to potty. The change of scenery and getting to sniff around the yard I think would help her be a little less bored and not so depressed. Fingers and paws crossed here that the surgeon is impressed with her progress and thinks she can continue to recover without surgery.
 

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Surely she isn't still jumping about!!?? :shock:
I have been concerned about leila since this happening. she jumps on and off , on and off, on and off, on and off.....etc. etc. Big flying leaps, I have trying to correct her but it's hard. She doesn't listen :( . She wants to get to her people on the furniture and ugh...
Oh yes, she is awful. No one believed me at the vets that she could get over a baby gate, but she used to do it regularly...5-6 times a day, like the gate wasn't even there. Old habits die hard I guess, we are trying our best to temper it now and its been a little better :(
 
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