Slowly but surely..
This week was mellow and without any negatives (which is such a blessing!) We were finally able to start focusing on returning to our more regular routines. Grooming, raw meals and very short (5-10mins) walks around the neighborhood.
Tuesday Kyro went into work with me to evaluate his scar once again. We wanted to get it checked as the lower part previously had been a little raised and they wanted to confirm it was continuing to heal properly. Dr. Walker was back in from vacation and was about to check Kyro out. She was thrilled with how he is healing up and expressed her delight at how well he is already walking. She said he looks fantastic and is really anticipating a full recovery from him. We held off on beginning hydrotherapy this week just to give him one more week of healing. Next week (likely Wednesday and Saturday) we will beginning hydro sessions!
Sun finally brought through..
Sunday, after weeks of rain, the sun finally showed itself. The day was 50 degrees and the sun felt fantastic. I took Kyro out to our back deck to have his first grooming session in almost a month. He was happy to be out in the sunshine and sprawled right out, allowing me to give him a good half hour grooming. With Spring here his coat has begun to blow and I'm sure he enjoyed getting so much loose hair out.
The rest of the afternoon he spent laying outside on the deck soaking up the sun and enjoying the light breeze. Kyro is the most happy about being able to be outside again now that his sutures are out. He spends hours at a time just laying and sleeping on the deck.
Back to his regular diet..
The biggest thing Kyro has been happy about is returning to his raw diet. While he was recovering he was on a high end soft food that was comparable to raw, but not the same thing. Kyro greatly enjoys crunching away at the bones in his food and munching on the frozen organs. Every time I gave him his soft food he'd give me this look like, "really? This is what you want me to eat?"
The first raw meal I served him since he had surgery was met with so much excitement. He gave me these big puppy dog eyes, soft whines and a excited tail wag before crunching into his food.. During the recent scattered sunny days I've given him his meals outside which he has thoroughly enjoyed.
First walk around the neighborhood..
The first day of Spring, Monday, was Kyro's very first 'walk' since surgery. He is still on extremely limited activity and exercise so the walk was brief. It was no longer than 10 minutes and was just around the cul-du-sac. Kyro was thrilled to be outside the backyard and happily smelled every bush, tree and piece of grass we passed. His tongue hung out the side of his mouth while he took in all of the scents.
We were even able to do our first 'photoshoot' since he had surgery. We were walking by these blooming Heather bushes and Kyro caught whiff of an exciting smell. He climbed into the bush seeking out the smells source. After sniffing around for several moments he laid down with a big huff. He stretched out, closed his eyes and just kept smelling deeply in the bush. I was able to snap a photo of him relaxed and content while enjoying being outside.
Therapy to come..
Next week brings the start of hydrotherapy and daily short walks (5-10mins, not on hydro days) to start rebuilding strength in his leg. I will video his hydrotherapy sessions to share with you guys when we begin them! He is going to look so tiny with his floof being wet.
It will be fantastic to have a way for him to get his energy out productively and safely while he heals. The spring in his step is returning and he certainly is rearing to start playing and exercising again. The hydrotherapy sessions (typically about an hour) should help reduce his feelings of pent up energy.
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I will be sharing the next update this coming Friday, unless anything drastically changes by then. Thanks for keeping up on our journey through this process so far!