Week two of recovery so far has (thankfully) gone pretty smoothly. Kyro is recovering really quickly this time around and it's actually causing different difficulties than last time. This time around he's feeling really good so he is protesting resting. Even with the CBD oil I am having a difficult time keeping him resting. He's very antsy and constantly wants to go outside- just to be outside.
Despite his refusal to rest easily- his sutures are healing up really nicely. He's been good about not licking so I allow him cone free time when supervised. Overnight and unsupervised he is stuck with the cone.
The biggest challenge I am currently facing is his refusal to eat. He's very smart and always figures out where his medication is. Due to the antibiotics being mixed into his food- he just won't eat. This has lead to a daily force feeding that has not been enjoyable for either of us. His antibiotics must be taken with food... so unfortunately it's just a rough patch we're going through until he's done with them. Let me tell you... wrestling a large dog while being mindful of a recovering knee and trying to get his mouth open for food is a battle.
Aside from the food challenge he is doing really well overall. He's begun to lightly put weight on his recovering knee while outside. This is a great sign as he's starting to be less painful/feel comfortable with it again. It'll be a good period of time before he's fully using it again, but these are good steps forward. Wednesday I will be taking him in to have the sutures removed as long as everything is looking good. After that I'll be able to slowly start introducing very short walks in to start rebuilding lost muscle.
I have been allowing him to have some 'sun' time with his Brother since they dearly miss each other. Dovah spends his time trying to be as close as possible to Kyro. They both thoroughly enjoy the little outdoor breaks I allow. Kyro gets to lay on a clean blanket and then have it covering his leg to prevent sunburn. He's only allowed outside for short 10-15 minute intervals, but always makes a fuss once it's time to come in. At least the little breaks seem to improve his mopey mood.
Dovahkiin has also been going stir crazy throughout this process. He's used to 3-4 hikes a week, with walks/runs daily and playdates throughout the week. On top of that both him and Kyro normally play in the backyard for hours upon hours with each other. Since Kyro is resting I've been doing my best to delegate any free time I have to getting Dovah out. Whether it's hitting the trails, going for walks/runs or going to parks. It's not the easiest balance as I can only leave when Kyro has someone else supervising him.
The saving grace for Dovah has been that his best buddy Max has been coming over frequently. Max is a blue heeler mix and has even more energy than Dovah does. They wrestle nonstop and are the best puppy pals. It gives Dovah some good dog time and gives both Kyro and I a breather.
Even with Dovah being energetic and crazy- he's been very sweet throughout this process. He's constantly checking in on his Brother to ensure he's OK. Anytime Kyro whines... Dovah will rush to sniff around him and ensure he's fine. He lays right up against Kyro's dog bed at all times.
Another big help has been the monthly treat box I receive from Real Dog Food. The treats have been the one thing Kyro has been excited to chew on/eat. Giving them both some of the harder chews gives me a moment where I can actually sit down and breath. It also makes me worry a little less that Kyro isn't eating very much right now. Currently they've both been working diligently on the pigs feet so I'm able to write this and work on some home--- yay!
Next week's update will be longer and more in-depth as greater changes will occur. Once Kyro's sutures are removed the slow and difficult rebuilding stage begins. This was one of the hardest parts to go through because Kyro always wanted to do more than what he was allowed to. Forcing a large, stir crazy, determined dog walk slowly for short periods of time is like a battle of the wills. So, stay tuned!