Bacio’s surgery was a month ago, but it still feels like it was only last week. Today we went in for a follow up appointment. He’s still on the long road to recovery, but Bacio’s road might be a bit longer than most. The stumble he took on the stairs may have set him back a couple weeks. Although his knee and ligaments seem fine, the pain from the fall seems to have slowed his progress.
I was able to express my concerns to the vet this time around. I mentioned how wobbly his knee looks when we’re walking. His other hip is in such poor shape that he’s swinging it to get it around for a step. The motion is making his knee bend in, and I am worried it will cause some damage. The only thing I can really do about it though work on strengthening his muscles. I’ve opted to take him in for hydrotherapy, even though it will definitely put a crater in the pocketbook. The water exercises will take some of the stress off his other leg and get the muscles building faster. The vet also suggested keeping pain pills on hand. I’m going to see if he manages without them, but its likely he’ll need at least one a day (we’ve been on 2 a day). On the night time walk this evening he didn’t even want to go 3 houses down. Man, hip dysplasia sucks.
I prommmiisseeee I’ll have at least the video of the first 2 weeks up soon. Its been hectic going back and forth. I’m exhausted to I gotta run to bed now, just wanted to give everyone a quick update on progress.