Last Thursday mom took me to see a special new veterinarian. All of the animals this veterinarian sees have trouble with pain and moving around and she has lots of cool ways to help them feel better. There were a lot of new things to smell in her office. Actually, it didn’t look like an office at all. There were giant funny shaped balls and a little ramp thing that mom said was a treadmill and even a gigantic tank that had a very interesting smell! Mom told me that this tank is a treadmill too, but it fills up with water!
Mom and the special veterinarian (Dr. G) talked for a very, very, very long time while I took a nap on this extra comfy bed. Then Dr. G gave me a special check up. She moved all my legs around and felt my back a lot and even measured me all over! When we were done she told mom she wished all of her patients were like me and mom nearly exploded feeling proud of me 🙂
Give it to me straight, Doc
So the good things are that Dr. G is pretty much sure the ligament tears are only partial and the left one is really not bad at all. Also, she says it feels and sounds like my mini-skis are not torn. If they get torn then I really will need surgeries. And Dr. G thinks there is a good chance that the physical therapies will help me feel better.
The not so good things are that Dr. G says my fetch playing days are over, unless I am playing in water. And I have arthritis in both of my knees and my right hip joint already. *Sigh* I am not even 2 years old! So for this I am taking a supplement called Dasuquin and getting special injections called Adequan. Mom says she has been using Adequan in horses since she was a kid. It was the first shot she ever gave when she was just 13 years old!
This Thursday we are going back to Dr. G so I can start my physical therapies twice every week, which will mostly be some water treadmilling and maybe some cold lasers if I am painful. I am not sure how I will feel about the gigantic tank when it’s got water in it, but mom promises there will be some delicious treats involved 🙂
Also, mom has to do some special stretches on both of my back legs 3 times a day. She calls them range of motion and pro-pree-o-sep-shun exercises…whatever that means?
And Dr. G said it is okay for me to go on some car rides! So this weekend mom and dad took me to see the ocean! I even get to take a few 5-10 minute walks every day now 😀 Mom made me wear the face jail (aka Gentle Leader) at the ocean because she was worried I might be too excited, but I didn’t even mind.
Can you smell it, mom?? The saltiness? It’s delicious 🙂
And at home I have had a really good napping buddy to keep me company while I’m resting…
Hey Linus, could you scratch that spot on my back? Thanks buddy 🙂
Mom is hoping to get some pictures of me in the physical therapies, but she’s not sure if she will be able to since it is my first trip and I might take some time getting used to it. I will try to be brave! Wish me luck and go play some fetch for me too, okay? 😉