Ozzy came home today from the Animal Hospital. The Vet said he was ready, She said he was just standing in his cage. He wanted out! They brought him out to me on a leash. He hopped over to me. Ozzy placed no weight on his leg. I wasn't expecting him to hobble over to me. (I thought they'd carry him out to me.)
I iced his leg for only a few minutes when we got home. I'm not supposed to ice it for too long, just doing it periodically throughout the day for only a few days, to cut down on the swelling. I brought him outside my house to pee, and like a good boy, though he was all doped up on pain meds, he obliged.
He wanted to go into his crate. The only problem at this point is that he won't lie down. He's standing there like a horse with one leg at rest, his injured leg. What you see here in this photo is what he's doing in his crate. He's fighting the pain killers by forcing himself to stay awake. His hackles are up on his back which means he is very agitated or in pain. I pet his chest and he slowly started to close his eyes.He's now sitting in his crate. Perhaps it hurts too much to lie down? I'm hoping that he sleeps off some of the pain. Later on, he gets another pain killer to get him through the night. He will be on these for a few days.
I have to cut back on his food quite a bit due to his sedentary recuperation period. The Vet said I was feeding him a tad too much anyway. He wasn't fat, but he wasn't on the thin side either.
Ozzy is doing okay, I guess. i've never been through this with any other dog, so I don't know what to expect. He has the most miserable look on his face though. He does seem to be relieved to be home. The tough part begins. Trying to keep him from overdoing it. He's not allowed to climb, jump, run, or go very far. he can only go out to potty. Minimal exertion for 8 weeks. I get some sort of physical therapy book when I go to have his stitches taken out in about ten days. Eight weeks is a long recuperation. I hope we can do this without too much stress for him. It will be very monotonous for this dog.
(Oh Good! While I was writing this, Ozzy finally lied down. He's resting comfortably now. Whew!)