Update #1 – A Dog Incident

What happened? A dog incident.

Golden retriever around two horses for dog incident post
How Darcy looked around the two big dogs!

Everything has been going great for my dog’s knee injury recovery.  And, then a bunch of things happened.  We were on a walk and two very large dogs (off leash) were pushing (herding) my dog and I down the street in the direction they wanted us to go.  They were both bigger than I was!  They were sort of head-butting and trying to put their paws on my dog if she didn’t go the way they wanted.  Darcy seemed okay after that. Continue reading “Update #1 – A Dog Incident”

Week 22 – Fully healed?

The vet said my dog is fully healed?

We went to another hydrotherapy session this week and the vet said that

Image of "fully healed" dog from conservative management
Darcy looks almost the same as she did pre-injury!

dogs who use the Conservative Management route are fully healed by 6 months.  We just hit about 6 months and she said that dogs will be healed as much as they can be at that point. Continue reading “Week 22 – Fully healed?”

Weeks 18 & 19 – Mushroom Hunting and Dog Recovery

Who would have thought that mushroom hunting would be theImage of morel mushroom for mushroom hunting and dog recovery 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”

Week 13 – Walking is Fun!

How long am I walking my dog 13 weeks into Conservative Management?

Image of dog tired after walking during cruciate injury recovery
Tired dog after walking!

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!”

Week 7 – Gradually Increasing Activity for Dog Knee Injury

We are slowly (and I mean really slowly) increasing my dog’s activity.

before dog knee injury
Get her back into the forest again!

Her walks in the backyard were gradually getting longer as she is improving from her dog knee injury.  So, I decided to take her out into the “real world”.  We very slowly walked up and down the street for about 10 minutes.  She started to pull on the first walk because we went in the same direction that we used to go for her hour long romps through the forest. Continue reading “Week 7 – Gradually Increasing Activity for Dog Knee Injury”