Half way there.....
Mar. 6, 2010 5:08 am
Updated: Mar. 8, 2010 4:10 pm
Three weeks ago our 17-month old black lab (Suzy) came up lame. She started limping and holding her left rear leg up. So, off to the vet we went. The diagnosis: A partially torn ligament. The treatment: Keep her quiet for 6 weeks, no running or jumping, Rimadyl and Glucosamine with Chondroitin twice a day. Sounds easy, huh? Yeah right. How do you keep a 17-month old lab quiet for six weeks??!! How do you keep any lab quiet for six hours; let alone six weeks??!!
The first week really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Suzy was hurting and didn't feel like running around. Then she started feeling better. Trips outside on a leash are becoming torture. Not just to her, but to us humans, too. Of course they are getting better for us - the weather isn't below freezing with a foot or two of snow anymore! We live in the middle of a woods and own about 3 acres. Our dogs are used to going out and exploring the woods and the creek that runs through our property. Our 11-year-old lab (Missy) is starting to "brag" to Suzy how she's allowed to still run free and check out all their nooks and crannies. Suzy is beginning to get restless.
By the end of Week Two we got settled into a routine. If we let Suzy outside without Missy, we can let her go without the leash. She walks around and does her thing without running. We have to feed her before she gets the Rimadyl so now she gets "extra" meals. Of course if you feed one you have to feed the other. They have no idea they're getting the same amount of food daily, they just know they are getting fed more often. I think they like that! But, then, who knows a lab that wouldn't like food more often? Once they got into a brand new 50-lb bag of dog food and ate about 10 lbs of it before we realized they'd been in the basement an awful long time. They still wanted dinner that night!! Anyways, we have finished up Week Three and see light at the end of the tunnel. I'm not sure if the vet is going to recommend surgery or not, that remains to be seen.
Missy is a trained hunting dog and we got Suzy to train to take Missy's place upon her retirement. I've already decided if this injury is going to prevent Suzy from being able to go out and hunt, then she'll become my "stay at home" dog and we'll just get another puppy to train!