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Convalescing from surgery is challenging, so Hu-dad thought a little outside time – in addition to her bathroom breaks – would be a nice treat for Natasha. Our back deck can be blocked off to provide a smallish area, and Hu-dad can work thanks to the power of wireless internet. Of course, he assumed Natasha would want to just nap in the sun, but she had other plans.
Couple of things of interest –
We are supporting Natasha with a sling when she goes out for bathroom breaks. She wants to just go out, but we are giving the leg time to heal – and trying to minimize pressure on the good leg to avoid that 30-40% chance of a double TPLO surgery. We don’t want to do this twice! Thus, that is why the second picture is a no-no and Hu-dad put a stop to it.
In the third picture above, you can see that Natasha is not exhibiting the swelling or bruising that so many dogs have post surgery. Her leg is looking very good (though hairless much to her displeasure). She is not yet putting any weight on the leg, but that is natural at this stage.
And, finally, in case you are wondering about the shaved belly, that is not directly from the TPLO surgery. Because of her age, we were checking everything thoroughly before the surgery and had done an ultrasound of her organs in addition to the chest, back, hip, and knee x-rays. The x-rays could be done through fur, but the ultrasound needed a more direct picture. Fortunately, everything checked out great which made us feel comfortable moving forward.
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