Friday, June 10, 2011
Special thoughts for my pup, Roxy, please
My sweet farm pup, Roxy, is having surgery today:
A week ago last Sunday, Roxy hurt herself. She ran out the door on all four legs to chase a trespassin' dog off our property and, when she came back, she was using only three legs. This is how she has been ever since.
We went to the vet:
He diagnosed her with a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in her left rear leg.
She had to have blood drawn to make sure her liver was functioning well enough to tolerate pain meds:
We went to another vet for a second opinion:
Final diagnosis: A torn ACL (More accurately, it is known as the CCL in dogs: the Cranial cruciate ligament) as well as a luxating patella (a dislocating kneecap).
She will have something similar to fishing line wrapped in a figure-8 around her leg/knee to stabilize it and allow for healing. For her dislocating kneecap, she will have something called a sulcoplasty which involves deepening the trochlear sulcus, the groove on which the patella (kneecap) normally sits. Apparently, a bone saw is needed for this procedure and, wow, I really hate thinking about this.
Her surgery is scheduled for mid-morning today and, by late afternoon, I should be able to pick her up. But, jeez, my poor girl. Recovery time, from start to finish will be almost 6 months!
For a dog who just wants to either play ball or walk her goats, this is going to be a rough time:
To make matters worse, I noticed on Wednesday, she really needed a haircut. She hates haircuts:
Knowing that it wouldn't be wise to take her to be groomed post-surgery with sutures and all, and recognizing that she can't wait 6 months before getting her next trim, I took her in yesterday. Here she is "before":
And here she is "after". Notice how she's barely placing any weight on the toe of her left rear leg?:
We're going to get that leg all fixed up for you, my sweet girl:
But I'd still really appreciate any kind thoughts you're willing to send our way for her surgery today.
She would like to get back to her farm duties as quickly as possible:
Without the ribbons, of course: