Leo is doing much, MUCH better! His recovery process is going at a nice pace much to my delight and Dr Mary (Therapetics vet). We're still keeping him at home to give his soft tissues as much time as possible to heal and firm up. That said, he's already bearing weight on his 'gimp' leg, as I like to call it, and under the impression that that is enough to allow him to run around. Naturally, he does not understand the whole 'take it easy' concept, so I have to escort him outside and around the house with a leash and unless he's in his kennel he is on a leash. Better safe than sorry, right?
Caring for Leo is rather intensive. He requires four different pills at various times in the day. Unfortunatly Leo hasn't been trained to open pill bottles, nor to take his meds himself, so it's up to me to 'feed' him pills, up to 14 per day. Of course, I have to do this by sticking most of my hand in his mouth to deliver the pills all the way in the back so he won't decide to play 'hmmm... what's this texture?' with his tongue. We have lost a couple of capsules that way. Woo hoo for trial and error!
The other part of Leo's care is cleaning, drying, and medicating his wounds so they'll close up nicely and not get infected. I have to do this at least twice a day. Sometimes I clean them more than that as a couple of the wounds are still a bit open and, well, oozy. Yeah I know, fun stuff right? Q-tips, iodine solution, and cut up strips of gauze pads (which the vet thinks is ingenious) are all utilized in this process- yes, every time I do it. Leo handles it pretty well for the most part, he doesn't mind me touching his leg or holding it gently. Cleaning his wounds is only challenging in the morning as he's particularly wiggly with energy. This is why one of his pills is a sedative though on the flip side of that I have serious concerns about making this dog an addict! :-p
Oh did I mention we had to e-collar him? Yeah... puppies don't understand not running with a gimp leg, not playing, and not licking wounds! When we had the bandages on the hardware changed the doc fitted him up with this oh so glamorous accessory! It looks like crap now, six days later, as he has chewed on it and rammed it into every surface around the house; including our legs. It's like it's not even on him! Which makes for some degree of hilarity at times.
So we are in a routine now and things are working out. It is difficult though and it tries my patience in SO many ways! However, he's worth it. There is no question in my mind why I'm doing this and why I should be so anal/OCD about his care. I want him to recover as quickly as possible, get him back to training, and get him back to his playful, normal, puppy self.
Not going to lie- I wanna get back to normal too!