Yesterday started out pretty great. Mom took me to the dog run and we played lots of fetch. Then she had to go to the animal hospital she works at on Fridays so she got me all settled in my crate with a frozen Kong and a biscuit Kong and my favorite Nylabone. She even leaves my favorite podcasts on for me while she is out.
But when mom got home and took me out of my crate, I couldn’t put any weight on my right hind leg 😦 Mom said, “Uh oh, Remy…I hope this is not what I think it is…”
So we went right back the animal hospital and the vet moved my leg around and then I had to have some x-rays. They took special x-ray pictures of my knees and my hips. Mom was really proud of me because I was very good and cooperative even though this giant weird table camera thing was kind of scary and they had to stretch my legs way out for the hip pictures, which kind of hurt. She gave me lots of pets and some treats and then she and the vet looked at the special pictures.
Usually mom loves every picture of me, even the ones that are blurry or where I make a funny face or have laser eyes, but she did not like these pictures of me at all.
The special -x-ray pictures showed that I have partial tears in my cruciate ligaments on both knees! The right one is a lot worse, but the left one is not so good either. The vet says I will need two surgeries eventually, but mom is also looking into something called conservative treatment, which uses things like cold laser and acupuncture and hydrotherapy instead of surgery. Sometimes the surgeries do not go so well and they are very painful, so mom says she would like to try no surgery first since my ligaments aren’t completely torn yet.
Now I have to stay very quiet and have no exercise at all for at least one week and probably much longer. No pack walks, no fetch, no chasing treat balls around, no playing with my buddies. I cannot even jump on or off the couch by myself or go on the stairs. Mom and dad have to carry me. I can only walk around the small area mom set up in our living room.
Mom is a little worried that I will be crazy without all my exercises, but so far I am being very calm and good. And when I woke up this morning I was hardly limping at all. See mom, we can play! But mom says, “No, Remy. You are just very tough about things that are painful. You still have to rest and rest and rest.”
The not so bad parts are that my hips look pretty good, especially for a pittie type pup. And also I get to have anti-inflammatory tablets, which means one extra Pill Pocket treat each day 🙂 And mom is making me special Kongsicles with chicken broth and pumpkin so I can keep busy eating and still keep trim. Being trim is very important for helping joint problems.
Mom is also trying to think of new things to teach me while I stay pretty still. She says exercising my brain can be even more tiring than exercising my body. Do you have any ideas about some fun new things to learn while my knees are resting?