Blueberry is out of surgery. She's vocal (whining) about the whole thing...BUT the best news is the x-ray of her new knee from the last surgery shows that her bone is about 100% healed. She's a fast healer. Really looking forward to seeing her tomorrow.
Blueberry's next Surgery is tomorrow. We've had a fun week. She's able to walk over a mile, scramble down to the creek, hunt lizards & have fun at our wonderful dog park... I'm kinda sad we are doing this over again, but it's necessary.
Thanks to all my friends & also those who donated directly to me. I cherish all the support, good wishes & donations. This surgery has been very successful for Blueberry. My husband is recovering well from his double knee replacement & I'm looking forward to hiking with my family. I also believe that Blueberry will be a great foster sister to other dogs...
Fishing in the River!
While waiting for the 2nd surgery, I've been slowly increasing her walks as rehab for her recovering leg. Blueberry went fishin' in the Carmel River - Garland Ranch Park. She starting to enjoy the water more & more. I caught her going after fish in the water & blowing bubbles. She's almost up to a mile on the walks. The river was a cool place to relax & cool down the legs. Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley one of most favorite places to hike.
3 knees in a bed....
Blueberry & my husband napping during knee recovery. Blueberry fell asleep mid tug of war with 'Ropey the third'. We're working with the vet to come up with date for the next surgery. I've been able to work some overtime to supplement the cost & my wonderful vet has cut the cost as much as possible.
Thank you everyone for your wonderful donations.
'Ropy' was laid to rest today...
See the photo update below...Blueberry's only fun toy lately has been 'Ropy' - one of those tug of war ropes for dogs; however Blueberry loves to untie them & then slowly de-thread them....Needless to say, some of her poops have been very interesting.
She's the best dog in the world. The vet was so concerned about her getting out of the car, that he removed her staples while she was sitting in the back of my car.
He then told me I could gently manipulated her leg...right....I asked him if bouncing up & down when I get home from work, crawling under the coffee table to get on the couch & moving the plywood barriers around the house to go upstairs to sleep was considered gentle manipulation.
Blueberry's right leg isn't going to last much longer so I'm going to schedule the next surgery for ASAP with the vet office.
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Blueberry's home! We picked her up at 5 pm last night. Boy! was she happy to be home. She got to pee in her own yard...(wouldn't do that at the vets) & eat real food. We now have a whole slurry of medications and she is very vocal about her condition.
She was up every 2 hours last night. I couldn't figure out how much pain she was in, she was defiantly hungry, but I didn't want to overfeed her. She's moaning constantly & only stops when I message her body. Very little sleeping went on last night. She found a little comfort with her old chewed up toy.
Blueberry got her fentanyl skin patch this evening. The skin patch to use to preempt the pain and ensure a comfortable recuperation after the surgery. You can see the skin patch on her right leg if you look closely
She came home from the vet, ate 3 bites & went to sleep. An hour later she play with me on the bed with her "find the toys under the covers" game for about 1/2 hour & promptly went back to sleep. I think it's working.
Thank you for all your donations. Every cent is valued.
I thought you may want to know what a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery is.
Blueberry has ruptured her cruciate ligament in her stifle (back leg knee in a animal). This is a more common problem in large breed dogs, dogs who experience a traumatic injury such a sideways blow to the knee & dogs with conformation problems. Dogs who have problems with one knee generally will have problems with the other.
TPLO is recommended instead of just repairing the ligament. The ligament is a stabilizer for stifles (dog) and knees (us). When the ligament is ruptured or torn, it allows the femur (top leg bone in the stifle) to slide down (grinding) the top of the tibia plateau.
A curved section of the top of the tibia bone to include the tibial plateau is removed and then reattached to the tibia so that the slope of the top of the tibia is changed to predetermined calculated different angle & rotation. Next a plate and locking screws are inserted to hold the tibial plateau in place so the bone can heal.
The TPLO levels the slope of the tibial plateau so that the femur no longer slides down the plateau. A stable joint has been created that works without the ligament. This surgery must be preformed by a orthopedic specialist. It is very successful & most reports that I have read...dogs have a normal life after surgery.
The plate & screws must be removed after healing as they are finding out that leaving them in leads to cancer and post recovery pain.
Blueberry problems are probably due to not so good stifle conformation coupled with evidence of a pre-rescue injury in her x-rays.
Fortunately for me...didn't affect her sweet loving heart!
& please note...surgeries and procedures developed in animal medicine often directly help people medicine.
Blueberry surgery is scheduled for Friday. She can't wait any longer to get help for her left leg. She's on Tramadol as a painkiller. Some dogs don't respond to Tramadol. They lack the receptors for it to work as a pain killer. It's one of the few to use prior to surgery. Unfortunately for her, it barely helps her
but my husband was able to get her to leave an ice pack on her leg. He uses it first on his knees (recovering double knee replacement) & then moves it to her. I come home from work & they are both lying in bed, watching animal planet with ice packs on their knees. I'm just shaking my head!
My beloved Blueberry needs 2 new knees just 6 months after I
adopted her & now I need a village to help me save her.
Blueberry was rescued in June by Deserving Dog Rescue &
Rehabilitation. I met her in July 27th
& adopted her August 8th.. I wanted a young dog because I did not want to
put down another dog in the near future. I had just lost the last of my pack of
5 in February. After about 6 months, I realized I was lonely
for another dog. So I started my search.
I developed a list of requirements: had
to like kids, cats, dogs & chickens, a good hiking companion. She was not the style of dog that I would have
pick - she was one of those dreaded pit bulls. She was only 9 months old but had
not been adopted out because of her looks, but it was love at first site :
Fast forward 6 months & she has become a much love member
of the family, neighborhood, my office complex& the hiking trails around
home. She's the best with my grandkids
& I find myself telling people that I trust her with my grandkids more than
any other dog I've had. She graduated kindergarten
with flying colors & was voted the class clown. She is always happy. I named her Blueberry because she kind of
answered to Blu, but I needed a name to put people at ease. People smile, kids laugh when I call her
& then they want to know about her.
She's a great ambassador for the breed.
So, at the ripe age of 16 months old - Blueberry needs 2 "˜TPLO'
surgeries. One for each leg. She so lame now that she will need them one
after the other. From her x-rays, it
looks like she was in an accident before she was recused that may have
aggravated her condition. The surgeries will cost me $3,350 each. I've managed to raise $1,400 myself through
my family, friends & Deserving Dog Rescue & Rehabilitation, but I need $5,300
My husband just had a double knee replacement (I don't think
the knee problems are contagious!) & 2 eye surgeries in the last 6
weeks. His medical bills are piling up. In any other year, I could've worked extra
hours, saved more, but I'm already doing as much as I can. I refused to let her go.
figure if 530 people donated $10.00, or 212 people donated $25.00, Blueberry would have her new knees. Any amount & all donations will be
accepted with great appreciation and gratefulness.
I don't have many Facebook friends, so please pass forward this link.
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