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    keep all those joints mobile from day one.massage will also be very relaxing for her mentally
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    I've seen a few dogs on YouTube who made great recoveries giving me hope. Some who just stared to get back on their feet were allowed to walk around. Is this ok to encourage them to use their legs and help the recovery process? Of course no running or jumping but just gentle walks.

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    It's hard to say whether allowing the dog to get up and walk around would aggravate the injury or help the healing. It depends on where the injury is and what caused it and whether walking (too soon) makes this worse.

    If it was a human kind of injury - I would be advocating as much rest as possible and minimum stress or weight bearing exercise for at least 10 days because that's about how long it takes for bruises or inflamation to get better. But this is really a question to be answered by your vet.

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    The vet said at about Xmas is when I should start pt. She has made improvements since the accident. Yesterday she was able to walk to me although her hind legs were tangled up considering she couldn't move at all. I think as long as im moving her legs then I won't rush. Just let her go on her own pace.

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    Yes rest is good and just take the time it takes.....well wishes for your little one
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    Good luck with getting your wee one better
    Thank goodness surgery isnt needed but in saying that, you are very very lucky (and so is your dog) that you can afford a 10k surgery if needed. I love my guys to absolute pieces but I wouldnt have any choice but to go the other way if confronted with a 10k op (as awful as it sounds).

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    I couldn't imagine how awful it must be to make that decision. The moments leading up to it would be so sad. I can't stress enough the importance of pet insurance. This is something I'm looking at now.

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    Just a update. Since coming home wednesday she is alot more calm and relaxed now. Being at home with her loving family helped her mentally. Her bowel movements are better and more frequent. Her tail is starting to lift alittle and even wags when she's excited. Can stand up and walk but not good. Been keeping her joints mobile. My main concern is she has one leg that drags when she walks. When I do pt on it it's stiff and no movement when she moves.

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    I am glad that she is happier....the healing will be a long road. And sometimes with a period of pressure on them, some nerves may have been damaged and she may not be 100% after this. BUT.........As long as she is comfortable, happy and able to do the two P's, she is on the road of mending. I love the fact the tail is getting into the action, that makes me

    Is she getting any anti-inflammatory type medication at all. Or are they worried that could cause another bleed?

    Take care of your little one and keep up the good work. I love it when someone cares enough........

    PS Yes we have Insurance for our gang, just in case. It is a very good idea. I once a long time ago had to make a choice due to financial reasons, I would never want to do that again.
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    Yea we are looking at insurance now too....unfortunately we are currently on only one income at the moment and even affording the insurance payments is out of touch right now.

    OH hasnt been able to find as much work in Brisbane as he would like so in the New Year it is career change for him so he gets a regular income. Once that is done, we will get pet insurance...already foudn the policy etc I want (of course, now that I am looking into it, I am super paranoid that my normally super healthy dogs are suddenly going to be stricken by something before we get the insurance lol)

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