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Hanging Out With Alex, Our Senior Dog, in Malibu Beach, MA

malibu beach ma1This weekend we went to Malibu Beach, Dorchester Shore Reservation, to enjoy the beautiful day we were having on Saturday.  One thing we didn’t do while living in Maryland was explore the area and we don’t want to make the same mistake again, therefore little by little we’ll be exploring Massachusetts.  My two models didn’t seem interested in posing for me, then again, maybe they were striking a pose for the camera and I thought otherwise.

Alex, "Moms, look at the water."

Alex, “Moms, look at the water.”

Alex seemed to be enjoying herself while looking at this beautiful view.  Cynthia, on the other hand, had a different idea about fun.

malibu beach ma3Cynthia was doing her best to engage Alex on a game of chasing, but Alex just walked behind Cynthia as if saying, “Mom, what are you doing?  I don’t want to run.”

Cynthia, "Alex, chase me."  Alex, "Ok., but I am not having fun."

Cynthia, “Alex, chase me.” Alex, “Ok., but I am not having fun.”

Did Alex’s body language deter Cynthia?  Of course not.  She kept trying until I told her to let her be since I don’t want Alex to run because of her ACL injury.  We removed the brace so it wouldn’t get wet if Alex got in the water, and she only wears it for support.  She doesn’t limp any longer.

malibu beach ma7Anyway, after all that excitement, we put the brace back on, and Alex took a nap while we sat down and talked.  One thing you need to remember, if you have a senior dog, is to not over do it.  Alex can easily walk 30 straight minutes, but we take frequent breaks.  We also carried water, treats, poop bags, etc.  You can still have a good time with your senior dog, Alex just turned 13 this May, but keep in mind that your dog needs to go at a slower pace.  Enjoy your weekend!

Comfortable Bedding For Senior Dogs

Alex, wearing her brace and a sweater

Alex, wearing her brace and a sweater

Alex, my 12 1/2 year old canine companion, is a senior and I’ve realized that comfortable bedding for dogs should be high on a pet parent’s list, but much more so if your dog happens to be a senior dog.  Alex loves to be close to a vent, as you can see in the above picture.

Alex's other bed

Alex’s other bed

Alex’s favorite bed is the one shown above.  Yes, that is a heating pad.  I paid a little over $100 for that bed, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that it was worth it.  She loves it and it is pretty thick, which is great.  Now that is cold Alex has a comfortable bed, a sweater she wears indoors, and a heating pad to keep her warm and help her with her mobility since she has an ACL injury.  Have a great week.

Alex’s ACL Injury – Part 3

Alex and Bella (L to R)

Alex and Bella (L to R)

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.

aclpart32Alex 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.

Alex’s ACL Injury – Part 2

acl21It’s been about 2 1/2 months since Alex started to wear a brace from Woundwear, and this is her progress so far:

  • Alex was only able to walk for 3 straight minutes while wearing the brace and was so exhausted that she slept for hours after that short walk
  • Nowadays, when the day is not too cold I take her to walk for about 20 minutes in the morning, and about 10 minutes late afternoon or vice versa.  Even after taking those walks, she likes to walk around the house
  • She is still on bed rest, and she is not allowed to run up and down the stairs which she still loves to do
  • She does not wear the brace when she goes to bed.  I put a heating pad around her injured leg and back when is time to go to sleep
  • In the morning, once she sees one of us get up, to our amazement and delight, she walks without limping and no brace for a couple of minutes
  • She seems to have gained some of the flexibility and agility she had before she got injured

acl22By the way, I don’t get any monetary compensation from Woundwear.  What I like to do is share the experiences I have with different products.  Why?  In the hope that you get an unbiased opinion, and I get feedback from you.

The only two things I found negative about the brace were the price, $386.75 including shipping, and having to pay about $120 for someone to take the measurements for the brace.  I did not pay for the latter because Cynthia took the measurements, but a lot of people, for what I read online, had difficulty with this part so the total for them would have been a little over $500.

Was it worth it for Alex?  Yes, it was.  I am hoping that in a couple of months from now she’ll be only wearing that brace once in a while.

Alex’s ACL Injury – Update 1

update1Three weeks ago, we received the brace featured in the above picture for Alex and Cynthia took this picture minutes after we put it on her.

We got this brace for Alex because we wanted to use the least invasive method to treat her injury and so far this is what we do and have noticed:

  • During the first week she was only able to walk 3 minutes inside the house after which she was exhausted
  • Now, 3 weeks later, she is walking twice a day for 5-6 minutes and she still has energy afterwards
  • We’ve taken her out twice, but the cold weather seems to make her limp more so we stopped doing it
  • I started, since last night, to apply a warm compress after I removed her brace and put her to bed, and this morning she seemed to be more flexible
  • I have to use a leash to prevent her from running up and down the stairs when I take her to do her business
  • She is getting a lot of bed rest, along with a warm compress, small walks, and supplements
  • She has been trying to play with her Nylabone, but I had to stop her for she throws it in the air and runs after it

update2Alex is doing better, but Cynthia and I know that she has a long road to recovery, and we’ll do our best to help her get back to her old hyper self.  Have a great week and enjoy your canine companions.