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    I just wanted to touch base and ask how Pohm is going and noticed that the op date you mentioned earlier is today! If that's still the case wish her all the best for us and give her lots of hugs. Please let us know how she goes...

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    She is now at hospital. Will have surgery sometime today, stay overnight, and i can collect her at 10am. I have to wait till 5pm before i call to ask after her.
    Funny at bedtime last night. Brian and Bernie clearly want some crate action. All 3 squashed in together at bedtime last night lol 2 got evicted so she could sleep in peace. or relative peace with brians snores.

    then this morning, pohm on no meds, not sedated, up for a rumble with brian. Pohm can deck brian really easy. Its hilarious to watch. He really has no idea how she does this, and looks so shocked each time he finds himself upside down on the deck, where he'd been standing securely prior.
    Gotta love the rottie body slam technique lol
    works every time, with no respect for species/size. Like cow tipping. (for those of us naughty kids that did this 'back then', feel guilty now of course)

    Here's the little poppit, being prevented from vomiting up meds, using her froth n flick method, still available to her under the restraint as its just a throat movement that mum cant prevent.
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    Good luck little girl!!! Will be thinking of you!!!

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    Im thinking of her constantly. She's not too great separated from family entirely. ie. locked in trailer overnight to prevent her hunting in woods.
    she's at her happiest, when we are all sat down, and she's got us all covered. Then she relaxes by the exit to the room.
    When alone, she is destructive to escape if need be. I live in Australia, homes and vet surgeries are made of paper tissue here, not solid at all. And ive seen the cages out the back. they do not look heavy enough to hold her. I did ask the vet if there was somewhere a little sturdier? as she may try to escape. He said that she'd be sedated. But oh. So flimsy.
    what's the bet i get a call to collect early?
    when we first moved to new home. she was not allowed in for something she'd done wrong or other. She came through the wall as i wouldnt let her in the door. Just ripped the window frame out, and jumped in. led on her bed.
    Stubborn gal.

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    Love the dog coming through the wall story! Wow. Hope she's feeling ok this morning, can't wait to hear how she is

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    Pohm's operation was put off till this morning, as the hospital had a 'lot of emergency admissions' yesterday. So another night away from home, but this is the only place who would do operation on payment plan for me, so not like i can complain too much.
    It is still overnight and i collect her on Friday morning.

    I asked how she was in the crate's, was she being good, or trying to get out? Vet nurse laughed and said, well, lets put it this way, she no longer in our crate lol But did say, that they have a brick built kennel for dogs like pohm, and that's where she will be post operatively, and sedated.

    We've had a bad night from Bernie, who would not settle, constantly pacing perimeters searching for Pohm. Soft whining, panting, then up to check out fence line again. All through night he's been doing this.
    so he's been for a very long swim this morning, as used to her not being out with us lately. So normal for pohm not to be around. But when we got back, he's pacing/panting/searching again.

    So ive crated him. to calm him. seems to be working, as he's not panting and now just resting. This is yet another bonus of crate training. I have a instant calming space to send him to.

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    Yesterday, i gave myself a pat on the back. as Pohm weighed 46kg 3 weeks ago, i had been given instructions, get that down to below 40kg for post op recovery. 1 cup of food per day, only.
    So i was cruel to be kind, 1 cup food daily, rattling around in bottom of her huge bowl lol, which she wolfed down. Free amounts of veggies added to fill her up. And yesterday at weigh in was 39.6kg!
    That's rapid weight loss, just in time for op today! She had been gaining weight with reduced activity, and me still feeding normal amounts, Doh!

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    Pohm has come through her operation, and there are no concerns. What a sigh of relief. the rest of it is up to team Pohm.
    I feel very teary over the good news.
    relief i guess?

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    Yay!!! I've been checking this post for news and I'm so happy for all of you that it went ok. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

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    Hi Bernie.

    Been lurking but too busy to add my thoughts and support till now.

    Glad to hear of the outcome and you will have Pohm for some time longer. SIck of vets being to bloody lazy to make the effort.

    How many of these vets recommended you take the dog to the lake and get her swimming both pre op and post op?

    I know there is a hydrotherapy centre in Melbourne - Dogs In Motion Canine Rehabilitation - they have an underwater treadmill and it is absolutely the essential recuperative tool you will need and it will speed recovery by half.

    In our Canine Fitness Centre, we deal with ACL's every day and we are slowly educating the local vets on the benefits of swimming.

    If you cannot get to the melbourne centre, as soon as the wounds have healed completely, get Pohm in the water (swimming pool, river, lake, wherever she can get out of her depth and has to swim). Hold her tail and just hold her away from you and she will swim. Keep a check on the back legs and make sure she is using them. The muscles will have atrophied to some extent so she will tire quickly. Do not overdo the first few sessions.

    Crating is also essential until all the muscles have recuperated and rebuilt and can support the joint.
    And keep that weight off as well. The lighter she is the less weight on the weakened joints.

    Good luck.
    Nev Allen
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