Two days since surgery..
The time has been passing pretty quickly since Kyro's TPLO surgery. He has been sleeping comfortably (thankfully!) and hasn't appeared to be too stressed by what has happened. He has been using the restroom regularly and has been maintaining hydration levels. His appetite has been lacking and he refuses to eat unless being hand fed.
The medications have been the most difficult part in this process so far. Kyro is extremely clever and has been able to locate his pills in both his food and pill pockets. He hasn't been tricked by sandwich meat, cheese or treats. The smarty-pants eats around the pills. Due to this, we've had to use a 'pill pusher' which is a plastic device that helps get pills to the back of a dogs throat. This technique has worked so far, but hasn't been enjoyable for either of us.
With his appetite lacking I went in search of a food that would interest him and be similar to the raw diet he was on before surgery. Switching over during this process was a must as his interest in chewing away at food that requires work has been little. I stopped by my local feed store on the way home from work and began searching the aisles for a soft food he could eat. After searching aisle after aisle, I finally asked the owner what her recommendation was. I explained that Kyro was on a raw diet and I wanted something healthy, grain-free and easy to eat. She showed me over to an all organic aisle and I was able to find a protein, organ, bone, essential oil based canned soft food to use for him while he recovers.
While exploring this aisle I stumbled upon "Pet Releaf". Pet releaf is a company that produces hemp products for dogs and cats. I was curious and picked up an oil as well as a bag of treats. The owner walked over to me with a big smile. "You ever used these before?" I replied with a no and that I didn't know much about the product. She began to tell me a little about them and stated that she's heard a lot of positive feedback from others. If you want to find out more about the products, here's a link to their site!: PetReleaf She had personally been using the treats and oil on her dog the last three months while her pup has been healing from a broken pelvis. I figured it was worth a try to help with the pain between his medication doses. I also purchased a soft cone that would be more comfortable for him to be in, inside of the stiff plastic one.
Food and medication..
Once home I decided to give the PetReleaf a go as Kyro's next dosage of medication would not be until Mightnight. I took some of his new food and mixed 1/3 the recommended dosage in. I wanted to start small to see how he would react on it. While he ate I blew up his new inflatable cone and replaced his plastic one with it. I could tell that he was instantly more comfortable. After about 20mins I noticed a visible difference in Kyro's antsy mood. He appeared to be much more relaxed. His on/off whining had stopped and he was dozing on and off. I felt a great deal of relief knowing that he was feeling much more comfortable.
An important step to his recovery being successful is starting therapy. While he is limited to around 4 (5-10 minute) walks to use the restroom, it is recommended for him to start therapy. The therapy is just a variety of movements to help with swelling, blood flow and fluid build-up. We warmed a small towel as instructed and began working our way through the list provided to us by the Doctor. Kyro's movement was fantastic and he actually appeared to enjoy the manual therapy.
Once we completed I was surprised to see a visible difference in the fluid build up around his ankle and knee.
Time for rest..
After one last bathroom stop for the day (which in itself is quite the task) I got Kyro all prepared for sleep. Between the light therapy and his bathroom walk he was exhausted and more than ready for sleep.
I will be writing updates weekly (every Friday) unless something drastically different arises in his progress. I am still working full-time and the rest of my time is dedicated to Kyro's care, so I am not able to post updates constantly. I am thankful to have my families support and assistance in watching and caring for Kyro while I am away at work.
The Friday updates will also be much longer and in-depth than this update. There was not a massive amount to share since the last update yesterday.
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