Best week so far..
This week has been the most successful up to this point in Kyro's recovery. We were able to do some more activities that helped to improve his mood. He's been a little mopey recently due to the lack of exercise. Being able to reroute that feeling of moping into positive activities really benefitted him.
We started this week out with the awesome OK that Kyro can take slightly longer walks. These walks aren't long by any means, but just the little increase in distance has really helped raise Kyro's mood. We are now able to do the full loop around our neighborhood (cul-du-sac to cul-du-sac) which is about a 10-15 minute walk. I let Kyro take his time to smell every plant we pass and to enjoy just being outside.
While Kyro is doing a lot better, we are still being very wary about how much activity he is receiving. He is walking almost normally again, but if he reaches a point where he's been up for a little too long we notice he begins to limp. When this is seen we immediately get him to lay down and rest, while doing some cold/warm compressions to keep swelling down.
The plan is to begin hydrotherapy tomorrow if they have availability , so unfortunately I don't have a video to share with you guys just yet. If we do indeed get in for tomorrow I will make sure to right a (P6) blog post sharing the video and detailing how the session goes.
We've been trying to figure out a great way to get Kyro out into public to get some socialization. He loves people and has been missing interacting with people outside my friends, coworkers and family. During the weekend a perfect idea popped up- we could take Kyro out wine tasting with us! Our local wineries are dog friendly and tend to be very slow during Sundays. We choose two wineries (very close to one another) and were able to bring him with us. He was beyond thrilled to receive endless belly rubs from strangers as well as lay on the cool stone floors.
It was a great way to get him out, without overworking his leg or giving him too much exercise. We spent several hours between the two wineries so Kyro received ample love and had a really good day outside of the house.
Few sunny days..
Recently Washington has been struck with a ridiculous amount of rain. In the last two month we have broke a 120 year record for rainfall here and boy has it rained. The few and far between sunny days we've had we thoroughly took advantage of. With Spring the husky shed-pocalypse begins. A husky owners 'favorite' time of year. Kyro's Winter coat this year grew in more thick and long than any year previous, so the amount of hair coming off him this Spring is... amazing.
I've been grooming him twice a day since last week and the amount of hair coming off him has been incredible. The sunny days have been the most enjoyable for us both I've been able to groom him out on the deck. He loves basking in the sun while I brush out his coat. The dog has been slowly shrinking with each grooming.
Leg hair regrowth..
With each week that passes we've seen more and more hair regrowth on Kyro's leg (yay!). His leg is beginning to look a lot less like a pink chicken leg and more like an actual dog leg. You can even see some of the coat coloring returning on his leg. His little IV shaved spots are also growing back fantastically.
The only spot we've seen little to no hair regrowth is the shaved spot for his epidural. I inquired to the Vet about this and it's apparently quite normal. Unfortunately the thick long hair on a dogs back tends to grow extremely slowly, so it is likely that Kyro will have a bald patch there for a good period of time.
Until next week..
With next week we are hoping to continue to slowly increase his activity levels. Each week brings a little more that Kyro is able to do. It is slow progress, but reassuring to see. We also will be doing hydrotherapy twice a week and I'm really excited to see how he does with it! I'll certainly have photos and video to share.
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