296Oz Pain

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!)

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Ohhhhh .... Ozzy! It's really hard for them and hard for us because we don't know for sure how much pain they are in. He will probably need help getting up if he lays down. He's young though and with your help he should do just fine. :-)
posted August 17th, 2010  
Thanks, Dorrena. I know he looks so pathetic here, right? He wasn't happy at all. He was happy to see me pick him up from the hospital. Now he's resting, but staring at me from his crate while I'm on the computer. It's eery!
posted August 17th, 2010  
I think he will relax if you speak to him softly about what happened to him. Let him know that you understand that he is in pain and confused about what happened but that he will get better and be stronger. Just keep reassuring him that he will be fine.
posted August 17th, 2010  
Dorrena, It's funny you say that. I just was lying down next to him talking to him like that. I know it sounds funny, but it calmed him down. He was making these light high pitch cries, barely audible, but it's like he's trying to handle the pain by this high pitched moaning sound.
posted August 17th, 2010  
Poor little guy. It's so hard because they don't understand. But I'm sure he'll make it through this better than ever.
posted August 17th, 2010  
Poor baby! He does look miserable, and I'm sure the next eight weeks are going to be difficult for both of you. But I'm sure just having you close by makes him feel better.
posted August 17th, 2010  
Poor Ozzy, I hope he falls asleep soon. It must be hard on both of you.
posted August 17th, 2010  
Anita, Melissa and Kwallabear: Thanks so much.
I laid down next to Ozzy and his face rested on my hand. He relaxed immediately once I laid down next to him. he just fell asleep. Finally. Of course, I got up, because the floor is uncomfortable, and he woke up, and is now staring at me again while I'm at the computer typing this.

Maybe I'll get the Futon cushion from upstairs and sleep with him on the floor tonight.
posted August 17th, 2010  
Poor Ozzy! I feel so bad. It's like I know him personally. LOL!!! Take care of him. Give him hugs (tenderly) from all his fans. I just read the post above mine. I would do the same thing, sleep with him next to me. We always feel so bad for our furry little friends because they just don't understand. Poor baby.
posted August 17th, 2010  
awww ozzy...you will be bouncing around chasing sticks for us before you know it!!
posted August 17th, 2010  
Poor little fella...hope he heals quickly....Your little friend is an absolutely gorgeous dog!
posted August 18th, 2010  
Judy: I had to caress his head in order for him to finally sit down and relax on the couch. But that was yesterday. Today, he is so much better. He's walking, eating, and even carried his bone and wiggled for my nephew Alex. He is in so much better spirits.

Richard: You're right. He's doing better today.

TJ: Thanks so much. That was nice of you to say that!
posted August 18th, 2010  
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