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    'bernie' - I am also really pleased that Pohm has come through the surgery well.

    This is one of ‘newfsie’ threads that I found for you - regarding her pup – post-operative:

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...operative.html
    Now the hard work really starts – so - Good Luck ! smiley-eatdrink004.gif Go 'Team Pohm' !

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    What happened to Newfsie? I have been missing her posts for a while now...

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    I spoke to Newfsie a little while back now as i watch her videos on youtube and she mentioned she was rather busy these days. We did all seem to rely heavily on her for a lot of information and i think she got a bit overwhelmed with it all. She's a lovely lady and i'm sure she'll be back one of these days.

    Bernie, if you would like to get in touch with her i might be able to help so send me a PM.

    In regards to Pohm hating the cone...i went there with Mojo (and will again soon)....tough love is needed. Ya feel cruel but its better than ripped open stitches. Pohm will get the hang of it sooner or later. Stay strong.
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    Today, Pohm is fully alert, fully pissed at mum for locking her in a cage! lol
    Tough love indeed.
    Today, she goes down a level, with removal of the fentynl patch. Her 24/7 opiate fix.
    That just leaves her on oral pain meds.

    The medicating is going well, and she's not really vomitting anymore.
    She has an issue pee-ing, as coupy down position is painful, so she start to go, then stops when it hurts.
    Not drinking a lot of water, as doesnt like to with cone of shame. But thirst will keep her hydrated hopefully
    Cries in her cage all the time, unless we are sat in same room. But i do have other tasks, so tough pohm.

    5wks 3 days to go.

    But looking at Newfsie's video of Katy bear walking at 3 weeks, it would all be worth it to see her walking on 4 paws once more!
    thanks for reminding me

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    A better day.
    We got some sleep last night. And that helped us cope better today. Feeding 3 animals and trying to keep them separate, when the other 2 are determined to get to her, as she smells lovely! According to the fur lads anyhow.
    Bernie is allowed a cuddle, but not Brian. He'd just trample all over her.

    Pohm is in better spirits today also. and that's cheered me a lot. She's only showing signs of pain, when she attempts to squat to pee. The pain is obviously a sharp stab, as she stops peeing immediately and falls over, into the pee.
    and then wont go again, and tries to drag me off up the road for a walk.
    Her energy is coming back.
    So with no fentynl in her system tomorrow, i think she'll get restless. We'll see

    she has not poo'd since operation. But hopefully, she'll start her engines up tomorrow. As no fentynl. Ive also fed her pulp from my juicer

    The suture line is clean, dry and heeling fast.
    Stitches are botched like you wouldnt believe! I could of done better. Dont they worry with dogs or something?
    surely a non frankenstine suture line would benefit heeling, and my feelings? lol

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    I've noticed that with our cats, that ugly stitching. Neat stitching doesn't seem part of their curriculum.

    Glad Pohm is starting to feel a bit better. It'll make your job harder, but there's an end date for this, so hang in there.

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    Pohm is sooooo much better guys.
    Now pain meds have come down, she's eliminating fine.
    She can coupy down to pee, with minimal discomfort. And can poo easily.
    she already can walk better than the with her ruptured CL
    When i look at the video of Katy bear, she's way more stable than Katie was at 6 wks < sounds like a book?
    She's accepting of her crating
    She's pushing for more and more free time, getting bouncy again, so we have put in place, silky leash and command slowly, and she 'creeps' along like a granny on command lol Was never too good at 'slowly', so a new slant on training, and she's got it!
    She's still losing weight, as on strict diet. And this surgery has taught me that no exercise does mean less calories! Oops, i forgot intitially. But how silly, from a LOT of daily exercise, to none and i didnt change diet. I live n learn.
    The wound is healing fine, she's getting better.
    Stitches out next week.

    The hospital have given me, crate for 6 weeks care plan.
    however, after a post here suggesting swimming by Nekhbet, to prevent muscle wasting, and physio approach, i went back to moderation management web site, and i read everything on post operative CL surgery, and strong advice, not to crate and no exercise also! So from week 4, Pohm is going to be swimming in the lake, with me with waders on holding her tail and having her swim, briefly, a minute first 2 days, increasing by 1 min every 2 days, till we can do 5 minutes.

    Clearly not what the dr ordered. But i feel confident in what i have read, that 6wks of being in a crate, is not a good way to go, and somewhat outdated care planning.

    thanks for all the support i have received. I admit, it all got a bit overwhelming there for a while, but we've all come through. With having made some wins and gains with other dogs too.

    Remember how Brian was completely untrained when i got him 6 wks ago. Well now he will sit/stay for 10 mins. on his bed, whilst i uncrate pohm, feed her and water her in front of him, and he sits/stays throughout the time it takes her to feed/drink, roughly 10 mins. Then i recrate her, and release Brian and give him a huge reward jackpot.
    Pohm's surgery, has caused a direct effect on my training of Brian. I care more for pohm's safety from his goofy antics than i do him, so haven't been taking his 'nah, id rather jump around and play thanks' attitude as i cant afford to with her out of crate. Its worked a treat. Brian's head has been pulled in by Pohms surgery.

    The rest should be plain sailing, as the last couple of days have been really easy. Most of which is due to me now being reassured, that my dog is not in great pain and suffering from her confinement.
    thanks to all.
    its a excellent outcome.

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    Oh Bernie that's the best news I've heard in a while, so happy for you guys. What a relief it must be to see her out of pain, I reckon that would be one of the hardest things to cope with. Yay Pohm!!! Great news

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    Happy news yay .... Keep going Team Bernie...

    Hydro therapy was the best thing for my little man when he had patella surgery on both knees...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post
    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.
    Hydrotherapy. Bush (cheap) style again for us poor folks lol
    Pohm's stitches come out this week.
    she's 12 days post op.
    Muscles are wasting away already!

    So, once stitches removed, i plan to start her hydrotherapy and wondered if you could recommend how long for.
    I will be using the cheap hydro: me in fishermans' waders, stood in lake, with her out of depth and me holding tail whilst she swims method lol
    I was thinking 1 minute of swim to start with, and gradual increase by 1 minute every 2nd day, till i get to 5 mins. Then reassess the situation.
    right now, all im after is non weight baring stretching of muscles by swim motion. She would need to walk 50 paces to get in lake however, as i cant carry her. What do folks think?

    She will remain crated as already wants to play and whilst out toileting her, my daughter came home from school, and pohm jumped and bounced till i could restrain her. She's so oozing with energy right now. Not great for recovery.

    She's doing real good so far.
    Today, she's out of crate, tied to me, led at my side. with Brian, virtually tied to her butt by his nose, he's just twigged theirs a female dog living here LMAO

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