Rose would like to thank her sponsors! Your contributions towards her healthcare are greatly appreciated! Pain medications are expensive, even with the discounts that the vets give us.
Rose is doing so well since her first knee surgery! She was on 3 different pain medications when she arrived at our house and now is down to only one! Rose was having tremors in her face and chomping her teeth, which the vet thought was a mild facial seizure. Since Tramadol can contribute to seizures, we took her off that. (The seizures are less frequent, but she still has them occasionally.)
Three weeks after her surgery, we stopped the Gabapentin, and she is doing fine without it. She currently is taking carprofen (Rimadyl) twice a day, but we may see how she does without that too and use it on an as-needed basis. After her second surgery, she will need some pain meds again, at least for a while.
Rose is on week 4 after surgery. Here is information about the surgery she had.
In case you are interested, here is the rehab schedule after knee surgery:
- Week 1: two 5-minute walks a day (increase 5 minutes a week, up to 20 minutes)
- Week 2: range of motion exercise followed by ice
- Week 3: walks, plus heat, range of motion (ROM), then ice (for 4 weeks)
- Week 4: walks, heat, ROM, ice, plus sit then stand 10 times twice a day (for 4 weeks)
- Week 5: walks, heat, ROM, ice, plus 10-15 minutes of massage twice a day (for 4 weeks)
That's where we are right now. In week 6, we can start walking faster and add hills and stairs. After 8 weeks, we will get a follow-up X-ray and see if she has healed well enough to do the surgery on her right knee. When Rose is a few weeks into rehab on her second knee, we will start reviewing applications for her forever family. Stay tuned!
When the surgeries and rehabilitation are complete, I believe that Rose will be a very playful dog. She loves all toys - especially stuffed toys that squeak. She also loves rolling tennis balls around the house. I know Rose is getting frustrated with her post-surgery restrictions, but once she has healed, she will make up for lost time.
Rose's other favorite things continue to be being petted and car rides. She also shows quite an interest in critters - Foster Dad moved a dog bed near the patio door so she can watch for squirrels and bunnies under the bird feeders in comfort.