Steps of improvement..
While last week had several ups and downs, this week has been a world better! Kyro's appetite has finally returned and he's been eating much more regularly. With him eating again we've seen a great improvement to his behavior, mood and overall strength.
Pills have continued to be a great struggle with him. He is ridiculously clever and continues to figure out everything we've hid them in. It doesn't matter how sticky, smelly or tasty it is- he figures it out. We've been using a rotation of items that seems to trick him, but he tends to figure it out after the first use. Thankfully Kyro is down to one anti-nausea pill every morning and (x3) antibiotic pills every 12 hours. He only receives pain medication as needed now, which has been very little. We've been doing frequent cold compressions (which Kyro LOVES) and that's helped a great deal with any discomfort he has had.
Wednesday I brought Kyro in with the hope for an OK to have the sutures removed. We weren't sure what the verdict would be as the lower portion of his sutures had some exposed tissue. The Dr. came and checked out his leg, doing several stretches and movements with it to confirm it was healing properly. He then examined the sutures and gave the OK for them to be removed! The surgery tech and team (who all adored Kyro) came over to assist with the removal. Kyro flopped back on his back and gave his belly to them. While getting belly rubs (and being completely oblivious to what was happening) the sutures were quickly cut and removed.
I kept his cone on for the rest of the day just to ensure that he wouldn't lick at the freshly exposed skin under the sutures. That night we decided to give him a shot with the cone off to see if he would leave the area alone. He was tempted several times, but after correction let the area be. That night he was able to sleep without a cone on for the first time in over two weeks!
With the sutures removed and lessoned medication- Kyro has started to turn into his old self. While he is still tender on his leg, he has begun to use it more and more while he walks (which is great!) He has been able to go outside on his own (with supervision) to use the restroom and walk around the yard for a brief amount of time. We've limited these little 'walks' to around 5/10m minutes to ensure he isn't straining his leg. With just that little bit of freedom he appears to be much more cheerful and less stressed than previously. Being cooped up all the time while recovering is not fun! Especially for a dog used to exercising and adventuring everyday.
As the days have passed we've noticed that Kyro's leg hair is beginning to rapidly regrow. We were having to cover his lower half with a blanket in the previous weeks as he was actually getting cold. He's been much more comfortable lately now that his leg isn't completely hairless. We aren't sure what the timeline will be for full hair regrowth, but it at least looks like it's on the right track!
Our plan for next week is to meet with the Dr. to evaluate where Kyro is at in his recovery. The hope is that we get the OK to begin hydrotherapy to start rebuilding strength in his leg. Hydrotherapy has a huge success for speeding up recovery, helping to prevent future injuries and for rebuilding lost strength. It is a low strain and low weight therapy that is extremely beneficial for animals with injuries like Kyro's. I will make sure to video his first session to share with you guys here!
Here's some information on hydrotherapy if anyone is curious:
Hydrotherapy for dogs
Until next week..
I will continue to post updates every Friday- unless something drastically different occurs between then and now. Fingers crossed for the OK for hydrotherapy next week and here's to hoping for another smooth and positive week of recovery!
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