I couldn’t believe it. My dog graduated! This whole conservative management process really works!
We went to our third and (we didn’t know it) final hydrotherapy vet visit. The vet watched Darcy on the underwater treadmill and said, “Okay, your dog graduated!” I couldn’t understand what she was talking about? She said that she didn’t feel right having me come in every week for hydrotherapy when my dog is doing so awesome. Continue reading “Week 24 – My Dog Graduated!”
Who would have thought that mushroom hunting would be the perfect dog therapy activity?!
We went mushroom hunting on our “staycation”. We took about a week and a half off, that’s why no blog last week. We found a bunch of morel mushrooms (wikipedia link to these trippy looking mushrooms). But, the greatest part to me was how perfect it was for my dog’s knee recovery.
We wandered through the forest (soft ground) over bushes and logs (uneven ground) at a pretty sedate pace and when we found a mushroom, she sat (more sit/stands) and we were sidehilling. All of those things were recommended by my holistic vet and to find one activity that does them all was great! Continue reading “Weeks 18 & 19 – Mushroom Hunting and Dog Recovery”
First, my dog loves carrots as treats and with all of the dog rehabilitation exercises we are doing, I needed something that wouldn’t make her gain weight. I cut two baby carrots in half and then slice them up into little slices to use as rewards for her dog therapy exercises. Continue reading “Week 17 – Carrots as Treats”
How long am I walking my dog 13 weeks into Conservative Management?
We’re up to 25 minutes of walking! And, tomorrow will be 26 minutes. I am absolutely amazed at how well Darcy is doing after her dog knee injury. We were upping her walks by one minute a day. We started at 10 minutes and now 25. She doesn’t limp, she (and I) and much happier. She is still super excited about her rounds of exercise three times a day. We were able to take her off of the acepromazine. Continue reading “Week 13 – Walking is Fun!”
Well, I can tell you this. After our dog laser therapy and rehabilitation
session, Darcy was walking like she had never had a knee injury. The appointment last for a little over an hour and in that time, Darcy did every exercise the therapist could think of, muscle stimulation and laser therapy. Continue reading “Week 12 – Dog Laser Therapy”
You bet they do! Darcy’s leg was really atrophied and she was getting sort of bony in general because of her lack of exercise during her recovery. Now, her leg feels full of muscle again. And, she seems to enjoy them.