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Monday, November 24, 2008

Grounded Puppy

Cheyenne wanting to play fetch
Cheyenne's back leg wasn't getting any better after a week of rest so I brought her into see the veterinarian. A complete exam and a few x-rays later, our beloved vet said he had good news and bad news.

The good news is that there is no permanent damage and she did not break anything.

The bad news is that she has a stretched ligament and needs a month of "rest".

Of course, being a Lab owner, the first words out of my mouth (with a chuckle) were "What do you mean by rest? She is a Lab."

She will need on month of no playing ball, no running after a lazer light, no chasing anything, no dog park, no jumping on/off/over/through/etc anything, and pretty much keeping 4 paws on the ground at all times - for a whole month. We are even supposed to let her out to go potty while keeping her on a leash only, just in case she sees a rabbit and tries to chase it.

Hello?! We live in Wisconsin where it is snowing at this very moment and so cold that my limbs will fall off after two minutes. Let alone the ground is slippery and I can see Cheyenne pulling me along like a sleigh without a care in the world while I try to keep my balance in my bath robe and slippers first thing in the morning. *laugh*

Thankfully we live on a small bit of land so we don't really have to worry about the leash part. However, we must do our best to give her a full month of rest for the vet has warned us that should the leg not get better, she may need surgery. I think that is enough of a scare for any dog owner to listen to the wise veterinarian - even if it means losing their own sanity in the meantime.



Anonymous mick froehlich said...

Speaking of losing your sanity. Our 10 month chocolate puppy Bella tore her ACL and we have had her on rest and PT for 4 weeks so far. It is nearly impossible to keep her calm when she is let out of her crate or the kitchen. Our ortho recommends surgery but our new rehab vet is prescribing 8 weeks of PT and rehabbing and we may be able to avoid surgery. Good luck with your girls, its really the hardest thing to go through watching her be in so much pain.

November 26, 2008 12:25 AM  
Blogger Chow Chow said...

Hope Cheyanne gets well soon!

November 26, 2008 10:16 AM  
Anonymous iheartdogs said...

Good luck with getting your gorgeous lab to rest. Hopefully she gets better sooner than later! I wanted to let you know about an article that I ran across on that was extremely helpful to me when my pup got injured. You should check it out:

November 26, 2008 11:56 AM  
Blogger Ms. ~K said...

Feel better soon.

November 29, 2008 9:45 PM  

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