It's been awhile since i've posted an update as things recently have been quite busy! Managing a nine month old (crazy) puppy and trying to keep a active dog resting has been a challenge. Throw work, school and life on top of that and it's been exhausting.
Thankfully, the last couple weeks have been filled was mainly positive accomplishments. There's been no backward steps and Kyro is due for his recheck radiographs on Wednesday! This will determine where he's at in the healing process and what he'll be able to do activity wise at this point.
Two weeks ago Kyro was finally able to start his hydrotherapy again! He's had two sessions now and is doing increasingly well thanks to the therapy. His first session went swimmingly (had to) and he was surprisingly confident with his recovering leg. His mobility, range of motion and strength was notable. The only negatives noted were the clear muscle atrophy and his reduced endurance. Both very normal things after surgery.
He was able to do a full 30 minutes before really being exhausted. We didn't want to push him too much as there's no reason to have him sore, or uncomfortable while he's recovering. The goal is to rebuild strength and confidence. He would do two laps around the pool every 3-5 minutes depending on when he seemed ready. Between each swim he was given a full body massage to work his muscles and help with any inflammation.
Session two introduced jets. Kyro was only able to do a lap and a half with the jets. He wasn't feeling quite comfortable enough, or strong enough with his leg to take the jets on just yet. This is something we'll attempt again next session. Going at his pace is really important. The rest of the session he did wonderfully and was extremely confident and comfortable.
Kyro has little to no limp now on his recovering leg. His range of motion is really good and it doesn't seem to be slowing him down in the least. He's started to try to pull for longer walks- not wanting to turn around at the places he knows means 'headed home'. We are still doing 15-20 minute walks 2-3 times a day at this point. There won't be an increase of time until his radiographs are done and we can see how his healing is going.
Like last time... the lack of adventuring is certainly causing Kyro to be a little bit depressed. He's eager, happy and relaxed after the walks, but he always wants to do more than that. Which, really isn't possible at this time. The hydrotherapy has helped take some of that edge off as well. For an adventurous dog though- you need adventure. Due to this I decided to surprise him by taking a trip down to Oregon with my friend to catch sunrise at the Tulip Festival. The event is low-key enough that it would be doable for him and get him out in some fresh air.
We woke up at 1:30AM and met up with our friends to ride down. Sunrise ended up being perfect with a slight haze to the sky that kept conditions excellent for photography. Kyro was extremely happy to see his German Shepherd besties and to be out with lots of new smells. He was greeted by a variety of people and enjoyed every moment of the attention.
Once home Kyro passed out and took a really comfortable nap. The brief exposure to all the new sights, sounds, smells and people was just enough adventuring for him. Since this little trip his overall mood has been vastly improved. Here's to hoping the radiographs come back positive and we can start some more 'mini' adventures again.
I took a variety of videos the last couple hydrotherapy sessions and will link them below here.
All videos can be found on my Facebook page (Goldilocks and the Wolf).