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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.

Keep Your Senior Dog Active

During our last visit to Alex’s vet, one thing that resonated with me was the vet’s advice to keep my senior canine companion active.  I told the vet that since she put Alex on supplements for joints, Alex does not limp at all and walks without a problem.  There are times when she has so much energy, yes at 11 1/2 years old, that she runs back and forth inside the house.  This is my cue to increase the walks.

activesenior1But, I am also very vigilant regarding signs/cues that on occasions she displays that tells me that I need to make the walks shorter and perhaps more frequent.  Alex was only walking a maximum of  about 30 minutes right after she was put on supplements, but now she can easily walk as much and as long as she used to do before, but I don’t let her over do it.

activesenior2Today, Saturday, Alex and I went to a pet store in Annapolis, MD and after that we went to PetSmart to get her food and some treats which kept us out for a couple of hours.  She had her morning walk, but not her evening walk because she looked tired.  I had her pose for this picture with one condition.

activesenior3The condition was that she would have some time to “explore” the area without having me rush her.

Keep your senior dog active, but don’t over do it.  The key is, like in almost everything in life, moderation.  If ever in doubt, ask your dog’s vet.

Sauteed Meatball And Red Pepper

To say that my girl, Alex, is picky would be an understatement, therefore because of that I have to come up with different “recipes” that are to her approval and standard.

meatball1For this meal, I started by defrosting one or two meatballs.  I don’t like to defrost it in a microwave because it makes the meatball too dry and chewy so I take it out from the freezer before I sit down to eat and by the time I am finished it is ready to be cooked.

meatball2I, then, cut this meatball into little pieces along with some veggies.  This time I chose to only add a bit of red pepper and nothing else.

meatball3I sautéed a small amount of red pepper for about 2 minutes in a bit of oil.  Don’t use a lot of oil for this can upset your dog’s tummy.

meatball4I added the cut up meatball to the red pepper and sautéed them for another minute or two.  I let it cool off while I get Alex’s kibble in a dish.

meatball5And Voila!  Here is the end result.  I mixed Alex’s kibble with the sautéed meatball and red pepper, along with her supplements, and my picky girl devoured her meal.  When I try something new with Alex I start with a very small amount of it in order to avoid upsetting her stomach.  Currently, I am adding 2 meatballs and 3 different veggies.

I am always interested in other pet parents’ recipes.  If you have any that you’d like to share, please let me know because my “menu” is quite limited.

Joint Problems And Walter

The last time Walter stayed with us, May of this year, Cynthia mentioned to me that Walter went up the stairs using his hind legs in unison and I agreed with her since I had seen it myself, therefore I did a bit of research and I found out that some dogs do that when they start having trouble with their joints and that to be on the safe side, since it may just be a dog’s quirk, is best to talk to the vet.  When Walter’s mom came to pick him up, I mentioned this to her and she said that she’ll take him to the vet.

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Walter’s mom told me that the vet advised them to watch him since he is only a little over 2 years old.  Two months later, Walter came back to stay with us, and his mom told me that the vet after seeing that Walter started to have more difficulty with his hind legs suggested to either start with supplements or surgery.  She said that the vet wanted to run some tests first before deciding what treatment would be best for Walter.  Because of that our walks that used to be from 40 to 60 minutes long twice a day were reduced to 15 minutes twice a day.

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Every time a dog stays with us, Cynthia and I talk about their behavior, quirks, likes, dislikes, etc., and if there is anything that seems out of the ordinary, I talk to the pet parent about it.  That is why when a pet parent is coming to pick up her dog, I do ask her to have a couple of minutes so we can talk.

Whether you pet sit, like I do, or have your own dog, please watch him and you’ll be surprised what you can find out about a dog.  One time I did go overboard with Alex though because, no I was not drunk, I noticed a “lump” on her rump so I took her to the vet and to my horror she told me that she had two “lumps” on her rump and they are called Muscles.  I was so embarrassed, my face was red like a tomato, but the vet was so amazing and understanding and she told me not to worry about it with a big smile on her face.  Between you and me, I think she was laughing at me.

Anyway, please send well wishes and positive energy and thoughts to Walter.  He is one of a kind.