Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tales of the Tail: New Bed and Recovery Update

Last week I bought Kip a new bed. His current one was several years old and was worn out and lumpy. We weren't sure if he'd like the new bed, or if it would take him a while to warm up to it. I put it down on the floor and 5 minutes later he was snuggled down and snoozing on the new bed.

That's the old, lumpy bed in the background. We normally don't have blankets all over the floor, but we're trying to protect the new floors/rug from any blood or ooze from the surgery incisions.

The new bed is made of "orthopedic foam" -- which just means it has the egg crate foam stuff inside it instead of the poly-fil stuff.

He really seems to like the new bed, but he's just not quiiiiiite ready to give up on the old one.

His shaved leg and the outside incision are visible in some of these pictures. The incision on the outer leg is not from the knee surgery, but from a lipoma (fatty cyst) that was removed. Dogs commonly get lipomas as they get older and usually they are benign. But this one had grown pretty large and since his whole leg was going to be shaved anyway, we had them remove it during the surgery.

Recovery Update: Kip's staples were removed yesterday. He is beginning to bear weight on the leg, which is great progress. Since his staples are gone, we can now begin to take him for short walks to help with his rehab. As he gets stronger, we'll add distance to the walk each week. I took him out for his first one earlier today. We only went about 200 yards out and back again, but he was thrilled to be outside of the back yard. As long as we take it slowly he uses all four legs, but the minute he spies something interesting he starts going 'tri-pod' on three legs to get there quickly. We're aiming for 2 or 3 rehab walks a day.

We're also still doing massages and passive range of motion exercises (make him straighten and bend the leg while he's laying down). He is finishing up the round of antibiotics tomorrow and is no longer taking the Tramadol (pain med). The doctor advised that we continue with the Carprofen for now. Carprofen is an NSAID and can be taxing on the liver, so we don't want to continue with it any longer than we have to -- but we also don't want him to be uncomfortable.

He'll go back to the doctor again in 10 days for them to check his healing progress. We still have him confined downstairs for now, which means BD and I take turns sleeping on the couch each night. That gets really old as you can imagine, but his leg is not strong enough yet to handle a full flight of stairs. Hopefully he'll be able to come upstairs for bedtime in a few days.

Thanks to all of you who have commented/emailed/asked about him!


Pickles and Dimes said...

Oh, what a sweetie! I love that he's using his old bed as a pillow. :)

Katie said...

I love the body on the new bed, head on the new bed - puppies are so funny! Glad he's starting to feel better!