How my Suzy is getting along 3 months after surgery
Jul. 6, 2010 7:35 am
Updated: Jul. 7, 2010 8:05 am
Three months ago my black lab, Suzy, had surgery to repair her torn ligament. For anyone who reads my blogs, I wrote all about it back in March and April. Today marks an important milestone in her recovery - she gets to come out of her crate!! WooHoo!!
Suzy has been confined 24/7 to being on a leash or being in her crate. We set up a 4x4 pen in the livingroom so she would have a little more space to move around in. Suzy will be two years old in October, so she is still a pup with lots of energy. It has
been really tough keeping her quiet so her leg could heal.
My son and husband are duck hunters and Suzy has been trained to retrieve their ducks and geese. Well, guess I should say they were in the middle of training Suzy when she tore her ligament and all training came to a halt. I say this just so you can get an
idea of the kind of shape Suzy was in and how active she is. If you've never had a labrador retriever, I'll just say they are very active dogs that require a lot of exercise. Our 12 year old chocolate lab, Missy, can still go all day. She's a little slower,
but she still has the stamina. And, Suzy was/is a crazy wild thing, so keeping her quiet has been a real chore!
The first month after surgery we were allowed to walk her no more than 1/4 mile a day. We gradually increased that and we are now walking two miles a day. Her rehab has also been good for me. I have been wanting to start an exercise program but just didn't
have the motivation to get started and stick with it - Suzy has forced me to walk every day. She has been swimming once and loved it. I could see her "grinning" the whole time she was in the water! We will be taking her back for more, probably this week.
When she had her surgery, we were cautioned that she may not fully recover and we may have to be content with a very nice pet, and if a hunting dog was necessary we'd have to think about getting another dog. We had that in mind, but weren't sure about whether
we'd get one right away or not - three labs would be a lot of dog. Missy is in good shape, but she was retired this year from her hunting duties. At her last check-up, the vet has predicted that Suzy will recover 100% and be able to go back to what she has
been trained for.
This morning after her two mile walk we came home and instead of me keeping the leash on her and putting her in the pen, I slipped her collar off as soon as we got in the door. The look on her face was mixed - she was excited to be "free", yet unsure if she
should leave my side. Suzy is "plopped" on the cool tile floor happily dreaming of swimming out to retrieve her "boys" ducks.
Suzy doing what she loves best!