Hello! Let me start off by saying thank you for all your care and well wishes and prayers for Wally. He's now five days post surgery and doing quite well. The first three days it was not easy to see him so down and, of course, we fussed and worried whether it was normal. By the fourth day he had a little more perk to him. On that day the vet called to check on him and assured us that it sounds like Wally is coming along exactly as he should.
In the photo above he's having his little 5 minute walk about. He's supposed to be on a leash, but in close quarters we simply hover over him with a watchful eye. You can see some redness at his incision site, which is actually dog-type bruising and to be expected. There's a lot more of it on the inside edge of his leg. You also see a lipoma (fatty lump) on his hip. It's been there quite a while, but hardly visible when he has hair. We'll have it removed if it gets too big and unsightly.
His surgery was a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, meaning he has a fair-sized chunk of hardware in his knee to make it functional with three torn ligaments. It was worse than expected, but he should recover full use of his leg. There will be no running, jumping, or playing with LuLu for 8 weeks. It requires constant vigilance and I imagine that will become more difficult as time goes on. After the 8 week period we'll have to gradually increase his activity until he's up to full speed.
Wally is enjoying a little outside time whenever possible. Here he is with his little buddy, LuLu, at the back gate. I'm not sure why he likes to lay there because there's no view of anything but the garbage can, but it's a favorite spot. He's laying on his surgery leg -- ouch! Apparently that's okay. LuLu stays close.
He chose to tuck himself into this seemingly difficult spot, sheesh. Poor guy gets tired of the couch. On Day 4 Rich lifted him into the back of the pick up (with canopy) and took him and LuLu for a short ride. We'll have to somehow keep Wally from getting too bored and possibly depressed during this recovery period. He's used to so much more activity and playtime. LuLu's feeling the impact, too, so we have to give her special attention and exercise on her own.
When I brush Wally I always croon to him, "somebody must love Wally. You gotta love a doggie an awful lot to want to brush him and comb him and take care of him like this". That goes on and on during the brushing. Well... somebody must love Wally, that's for sure, because he's sure getting a lot of care and attention and it's all given freely and happily. It's all about Wally and LuLu and love love love! Have a good day!