Monday, 26 November 2007

Vitnery Visits...

I took Three-Legged-Trotter (TTT) to the vets this morning. It was absolute chaos - I've never seen so many dogs in a confined space. I think my local surgery is almost too good, in that they will always try and fit you in, and will rarely say that you can't have an appointment the same day. This results in a long wait, and a very busy waiting room, albeit with quite a jolly atmosphere of comradeship.

Unlike Prince, Tilly doesn't mind going to the vets at all. I'd almost go as far as saying she quite enjoys it. I think it was probably a blessed relief from the tedium this morning as well. She greeted all the dogs and their owners in the waiting room, the whole time on three legs. I can see how canine amputees adapt so well to having a limb removed - Tilly's already scooting around nearly as quickly as usual without putting any weight on her back leg.

We saw Ed, who's the chap who diagnosed and looked after Prince before he was referred to the University hospital. He didn't seem overly worried and thinks that she's pulled either the ligament or tendon that runs down the side of her hock. He gave her an anti-inflammatory injection, and me the now familiar bottle of Metacam to administer over the next few days. She needs to rest the leg for the rest of the week, and then start building up her exercise again when she starts putting weight on the leg again. If she's still lame later in the week he'll need to take some x-rays. Of course, the drugs will take a lot of the pain away, so I'm dreading trying to convince her to rest over the next few days.

TTT wasn't at all concerned about the injection, tried to give Ed a thorough gum-washing, and then shot out to the waiting room to greet any new arrivals. She's somewhat deflated now that she's back home with no prospect of walking or proper games.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how to keep her mind occupied with minimal physical movement?

6 comments:

Meg said...

Poor Tilly! Heck, poor Graham! I definitely can sympathize. When we got our Clara Bow she was approx. 9 months old and had heartworm, so we went through the whole heartworm treatment with a month (!) of enforced rest afterwards.

We found that feeding her 3 meals a day only in packed tight, frozen, stuffed Kongs helped pass the time, as did long lasting chewy treats, and cheapo dog toys to gut. Also helpful was "enforced snuggling"...when she tried to get too busy I'd pull her onto my lap and hold and pet and snuggle her. I doubt that would work as well for Tilly, though, as she's not a recent ex-stray in dire need for lots of love to make up for lost time.

We also took several very brief trips out to the telephone pole near our house so she could receive all the pee-mail messages from the other neighborhood dogs. She said it wasn't as good as a walk, but better than nothing.

If Clara had actually comprehended at that time that humans might try to communicate with her we would've worked on training practice, but it took her 6 months with us before she registered that humans and dogs can communicate. If Clara had another bout of enforced rest now, we'd probably try to pass the time partially with training practice as that's something she adores (which is a little weird, as mostly she's more of a Tilly-like personality, so I wouldn't have guessed she'd be so big on obedience and tricks training!).

That's all I can think of now, I hope others can come up with some better ideas. Good luck, and heal quickly, Tilly!

Patience-please said...

Great ideas from Meg! I'm too chicken (har har) to feed a raw diet, but for a long non-doggy dinner party the other night I gave each of the dogs a raw meety ox tail bone. WOW! They each worked on their bone forever, and then fell asleep. And no morning after tummy problems like marrow bones.
Does Tilly enjoy car rides? Maybe she could ride around and feel like she's been somewhere without getting out.
Meg's training suggestion is great. here is a fun source for tricks:
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/5952/indexorg.html
all the best-
Patience

Fiona said...

Oh, poor Tilly and poor you! It IS a nightmare trying to rest a dog that doesn't want to. Can she walk on a lead? If she doesn't put that leg down? Just to get her out a bit. Other than that, it will have to be mind games. I agree with meg that giving her food that takes ages to eat is a good idea. My sympathies are with you. You will need your "patience" hat on for a while I think :o)Good Luck !

Harry said...

Poor Tilly. Oscar had a few leg and foot injuries. As others have said, stuffed forzen kongs or a nice raw meaty bone should keep her occupied. Some training such as waits/stays perhaps.

Get well soon Tilly!

Katy x

Flowerpot said...

Yes some indoor training might e a good idea, and plenty of chewy things. Hope she improves soon!

DoGGa said...

Aw, get well soon Tilly!

I like the vets too - but I obviously don't go for me LOL :0)