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”
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.
You bet it was! I waited until Darcy was through her first full eight weeks to go to the holistic vet. I wanted to give her time for her body to heal itself. But, I felt that I needed some guidance on how she’s doing. I am so glad I went!
But, it’s a slow process. My dog’s activity is slowly increasing. We were doing one 8-10 minute walk per day and she did start to limp, so I let her rest for a couple of days. I started just walking her around the backyard in shorter spurts more times per day. Continue reading “Week 8 – Dog Knee Injury is Getting Better”