Almost 5 months have gone by since Alex’s ACL injury, and I am glad that we did not put her through surgery. Well, that is thanks to Cynthia for talking me out of it. Years ago, Cynthia and I took a class in college and our instructor called us, the dynamic duo, and you know what? I think he was right because we have always relied on each other, and this was one time when I truly needed her support and advice.
Here’s a little update on Alex:
- Walks – She still wears the brace during our walks, but her speed and flexibility has greatly increased overtime. She does not wear the brace at home. Alex is walking longer than before, about 25 minutes once or twice a day. But the next day, just to be on the safe side, she takes shorter walks so she does not over do it.
- Rest – She sleeps a lot, she is almost 12 years old, but even at home she is more active. One thing we do not allow her to do at all is run up and down the stairs like she used to do before. Alex is probably thinking, “Mom you are a party pooper.”
- Diet – Since I started to feed her more human food than kibble, Alex’s appetite not only opened up, I love that, but she has not skipped a meal once.
Alex is also taking supplements to help her with her ACL injury, and I am also, little by little, trying different spices to help her arthritis. I can’t complain. My girl is doing fine and she is still active at almost 12 years of age. The combination of bedrest, supplements, walks, diet, etc., has certainly given Alex a new “leash” on life. Senior dogs are amazing.