April 06, 2009

DER WUNDERHUND

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Lady says, "Thanks, everybody, for all the get-well wishes!"

Lady is back to doing almost all of her normal doggy activities -- sneaking the cat's food, and I even caught her trying to rub her neck in something stinky in the back yard. Since the surgery, much of the time she hasn't looked very pretty, so I haven't wanted to post photos of her. But she had a good fur day on Saturday, and the weather cooperated beautifully, so here goes!

She had a minor complication last week, which gave rise to a trip to the vet's on Wednesday and again on Friday. She developed a pocket of fluid, called a seroma, from the surgery. On Wednesday, the swollen spot was just the size of one of my fingers, and I could see a little bit of bruising on her skin. Dr. Amy put Lady on antibiotics. (We're on a first-name basis, now, the vet and I; I must be her best customer.) By Friday, though, the swelling was really pronounced and Lady was leaking fluid through her incision. So back to the vet we went. Dr. Amy drained the fluid and also inserted a drain tube. We are keeping Lady bandaged up so she doesn't leak all over my carpets.

Many of you have asked how Lady is getting around, and the answer is: Really well! Here's a shot of her from her good side:

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And here she is in midstride, in full tail-wagging, dogtrotting motion, as seen from the amputated side:

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What is interesting to me about this picture is that she has all her weight on her two left legs. She walks, or runs, by alternating steps with the front legs, and the back leg hops along behind. She isn't quite stable enough to make a tight turn, and she can't jump like she used to, but otherwise, she is very strong.

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Posted by Karen at April 6, 2009 08:21 AM
Comments

Lady looks fantastic! Great news!

Posted by: Anne at April 7, 2009 12:02 PM

SO heartwarming and making sure they get all the care and love they need is so rewarding. Hat's off to you and the family!

Posted by: Linda "K" at April 7, 2009 11:54 PM

karen, i haven't been reading blogs lately. so glad lady is doing well!!!!!!!!

Posted by: vanessa at April 8, 2009 05:08 AM

She looks great! I'm glad she's adjusting well.

Posted by: Ann at April 8, 2009 09:30 AM

I love Lady even more now than I did before!!! Go, Lady!! Thanks for keeping us posted, Karen.

Posted by: Ryan at April 9, 2009 09:41 AM

What a sweet girl! I'm so glad she's doing better. Thanks for the photos.

Posted by: Jewel at April 9, 2009 01:03 PM

Lady looks great! Looks like she'll be fine on her three legs.

Posted by: Anne at April 9, 2009 04:28 PM