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at recent giro sicilia last stage passing through town on way to mt etna i was surprised to see loose dogs roaming streets.....here in uk not seen
such a thing since 70's when very few folk had pedigree dogs and there was no dog catcher!

dogs in sicily were streetwise keeping off road....i guess they learn by experience

here a neighbour has a lovely friendly sloughi not at all a common breed ....it's 14.5 and still active amazing! for such a big dog...
 
on3m@n@rmy said:
That is so great, and so true! :lol:


Well, here's the champ after his surgery earlier today, he looks so sad, tired and confused. :(


They did some repair on his cruciate ligament cause it had some tears ( he was already limping), evidently it's a very common injury. He's got a fentanyl patch, plus a couple of other potent painkillers, somehow we're supposed to keep him as mellow as possible for a couple of weeks even if he starts feeling better. That will be the hard part - no squirrel chasing!



Hopefully he'll heal up okay, I removed the cone and put his inflatable donut around his neck, if he starts licking on that leg that stupid cone is going right back on.
 
Today April 9th for Sir Tobes? Well he's gonna feel like crap a few days while the effects of the anesthesia wears off (I assumed he went "under" far that procedure). Sometimes anesthesia can make some internals like the digestive tract not "wake up" right away. A good sign would be if he's drinking, eating, peeing, and pooping. Paw fives for pulling through so far.
 
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poor toby ...............what a sad 'lil fella he looks......................recover quick son...................

many years ago my previous dog walked the mile home from the vets after general anaesthetic as though nothing had happened

recently i expected similar from my current dog pip after her precedure (spayed) and had to carry her all the way home she was so disorientated
 
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and well-wishes, if Toby wasn't so stoned on pain meds I'm sure he would say the same.

He's drinking, eating, and peeing (have to carry him outside for the peeing business right now), how I'm going to get him to poop I have no idea. He can't put any weight on that hind leg, so...

I think what makes me so sad is he has no understanding of what's going on. So I'm just trying to comfort him as much as possible, and I'm trying to keep his pain under control.

Thank you again, it means a lot.

Paw-five from us both! :)
 
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Tricycle Rider said:
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and well-wishes, if Toby wasn't so stoned on pain meds I'm sure he would say the same.

He's drinking, eating, and peeing (have to carry him outside for the peeing business right now), how I'm going to get him to poop I have no idea. He can't put any weight on that hind leg, so...

I think what makes me so sad is he has no understanding of what's going on. So I'm just trying to comfort him as much as possible, and I'm trying to keep his pain under control.

Thank you again, it means a lot.

Paw-five from us both! :)
When my old lab got to the point that she couldn't squat to do her business, I bought a sling device. Since Toby is much smaller and this is short term, you may not need anything, but just a thought.
 
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Robert5091 said:
Swedish Molly the doping control dog - can find e.g. testosterone and anabolic steroids. Was busy at the Biathlon World Cup in Sweden this year.

lol... if she could detect all the other stuff there would probably have been no competitors left.

Well, here at last is an update on Toby... I didn't really want to say anything until his sutures were out, today they were removed. At one point he got his donut off when no one was looking, he managed to dislodge a couple of staples and removed one entirely by licking on his wound. Thankfully this was about 5 days after surgery, so he didn't do too much damage.


I still have to do passive range of motion therapy at home with him because he's not using the leg, there was some muscle atrophy even prior to surgery because he wasn't using the leg due to the joint injury. And if I can't get him to use the leg he'll have to see the professionals, thankfully we have a clinic here in town that specializes in such things.

All in all things are looking okay so far - the incision looks good, the vet said Toby can even bathe now. (Thank goodness for that, tomorrow I'll be throwing Toby into the bathtub!) Still no jumping or chasing squirrels though, this is going to take a while.



PS - I don't mind the surgery site too much, but they also shaved a square on Toby's side where they had stapled the fentanyl patch. That's going to look stupid for a while, maybe I should just shave him all over and get it over with.
 
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Tricycle Rider said:
Robert5091 said:
Swedish Molly the doping control dog - can find e.g. testosterone and anabolic steroids. Was busy at the Biathlon World Cup in Sweden this year.

lol... if she could detect all the other stuff there would probably have been no competitors left.

Well, here at last is an update on Toby... I didn't really want to say anything until his sutures were out, today they were removed. At one point he got his donut off when no one was looking, he managed to dislodge a couple of staples and removed one entirely by licking on his wound. Thankfully this was about 5 days after surgery, so he didn't do too much damage.


I still have to do passive range of motion therapy at home with him because he's not using the leg, there was some muscle atrophy even prior to surgery because he wasn't using the leg due to the joint injury. And if I can't get him to use the leg he'll have to see the professionals, thankfully we have a clinic here in town that specializes in such things.

All in all things are looking okay so far - the incision looks good, the vet said Toby can even bathe now. (Thank goodness for that, tomorrow I'll be throwing Toby into the bathtub!) Still no jumping or chasing squirrels though, this is going to take a while.



PS - I don't mind the surgery site too much, but they also shaved a square on Toby's side where they had stapled the fentanyl patch. That's going to look stupid for a while, maybe I should just shave him all over and get it over with.
Keep getting better Toby! Move that leg! :)
 
Hi Robert and jmd, look at me now - I get to spend some time outside, wheeee!

It sucks that I'm all anchored down and on a leash, but at least I get some fresh air. And if I can't chase the squirrels at least I get to look and bark at them.

Paw-fives,

The Tobes



PS - Physical therapy sucks!
 
Here's the latest update on Toby from the human - I'm diligently massaging, icing, and doing physical therapy on that leg, today Toby got his last rimadyl. He'll still be on tramadol for a while (crikes, I'll have to send him to drug rehab next), but with each therapy session I feel like his range of motion is getting a little bit better. He just needs to learn to trust that the leg won't hurt when he lets it down.



I decided to not give him a bath just yet... he'd probably throw one of his world-famous conniptions afterward, and I can't have him running around like a maniac. So I'm just using baby wipes for now to clean him up a bit, think the rimadyl gave him the runs.

I also set up a playpen for him to keep him contained, he's learned to sleep in it and actually seems to like it. :)



To all y'all who are following this latest chapter of Toby's life paw-fives from us both,

The human
 
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Tricycle Rider said:
Here's the latest update on Toby from the human - I'm diligently massaging, icing, and doing physical therapy on that leg, today Toby got his last rimadyl. He'll still be on tramadol for a while (crikes, I'll have to send him to drug rehab next), but with each therapy session I feel like his range of motion is getting a little bit better. He just needs to learn to trust that the leg won't hurt when he lets it down.



I decided to not give him a bath just yet... he'd probably throw one of his world-famous conniptions afterward, and I can't have him running around like a maniac. So I'm just using baby wipes for now to clean him up a bit, think the rimadyl gave him the runs.

I also set up a playpen for him to keep him contained, he's learned to sleep in it and actually seems to like it. :)



To all y'all who are following this latest chapter of Toby's life paw-fives from us both,

The human
Fantastic to hear, I hope Toby's recovery continues to go well.
 
Magnificent news!

Okay, you guys may not find it magnificent, but I think it's a step in the right direction.

Yesterday I took Toby our for a poop in the backyard, he was kinda using his bum leg to support himself. Yay! (For the uninitiated - animals with four legs usually use their hind legs to squat in order to do their pooping business, the first time Toby tried to poop after his surgery he fell on his butt because he couldn't use the bum rear leg. So him at least trying is progress.)

Also, I'm keeping the grass in the backyard extra long because it forces Toby to bend his joints more because he has to wade through the deep grass, he is putting some weight on the bum leg now. So that's a baby step as well. I'd like to be able to throw him into a pool for some aqua-therapy, but I don't have a pool, so may have to check out what they have at that animal therapy clinic here in town.

What we're ultimately working toward is Toby eventually being able to rotate the joint like you would when riding a bicycle, maybe watching the Giro next month will inspire him. (I did catch some of the Spring Classics, but it was too soon for any kind of moves like that.)

So that is all for now, paw-fives from The Tobes and the human

PS - Toby really does like his man cave, jmd, each time he wants his peace and quiet he just goes in there and takes a nap. :lol:

Also, thank you Robert and pricey sky for your kind thoughts, will keep you posted on Toby's progress.
 
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Tricycle Rider said:
Magnificent news!

Okay, you guys may not find it magnificent, but I think it's a step in the right direction.

Yesterday I took Toby our for a poop in the backyard, he was kinda using his bum leg to support himself. Yay! (For the uninitiated - animals with four legs usually use their hind legs to squat in order to do their pooping business, the first time Toby tried to poop after his surgery he fell on his butt because he couldn't use the bum rear leg. So him at least trying is progress.)

Also, I'm keeping the grass in the backyard extra long because it forces Toby to bend his joints more because he has to wade through the deep grass, he is putting some weight on the bum leg now. So that's a baby step as well. I'd like to be able to throw him into a pool for some aqua-therapy, but I don't have a pool, so may have to check out what they have at that animal therapy clinic here in town.

What we're ultimately working toward is Toby eventually being able to rotate the joint like you would when riding a bicycle, maybe watching the Giro next month will inspire him. (I did catch some of the Spring Classics, but it was too soon for any kind of moves like that.)

So that is all for now, paw-fives from The Tobes and the human

PS - Toby really does like his man cave, jmd, each time he wants his peace and quiet he just goes in there and takes a nap. :lol:

Also, thank you Robert and pricey sky for your kind thoughts, will keep you posted on Toby's progress.
Good news! :D
 
Tricycle..Toby sent me an email..in it he was very specific about what may make him feel better..first he said that a homemade dog food of ground ribeye ,brown rice and carrots may help. He said don't go crazy with the vegetarian part of the mix!
He said that the Spring bike races are cool but keep the volume low because he can't make out those silly euro commentators accents.
He said that if it were up to him Air Bud,Benji, A Dog's Life..and to my surprise he said Godfather..1 and 2!!
Toby also said don't be trying to toss him in any cold water therapy pool! He says he loves you, but dogs have limits!
He says that if you leave him alone please play Meerkat videos on repeat..
Toby also asked if while driving down the road you can stick your head out for even a couple of minutes, he says you might understand him better..

*all the best to both of you..
Toby says that Philippe Gilbert is incredible! and that
 
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Unchained said:
Tricycle..Toby sent me an email..in it he was very specific about what may make him feel better..first he said that a homemade dog food of ground ribeye ,brown rice and carrots may help. He said don't go crazy with the vegetarian part of the mix!
He said that the Spring bike races are cool but keep the volume low because he can't make out those silly euro commentators accents.
He said that if it were up to him Air Bud,Benji, A Dog's Life..and to my surprise he said Godfather..1 and 2!!
Toby also said don't be trying to toss him in any cold water therapy pool! He says he loves you, but dogs have limits!
He says that if you leave him alone please play Meerkat videos on repeat..
Toby also asked if while driving down the road you can stick your head out for even a couple of minutes, he says you might understand him better..

*all the best to both of you..
Toby says that Philippe Gilbert is incredible! and that
:lol: ... that's great, thank you Unchained!

Toby's reply:

Hi Unchained,

I eat just about anything, including cauliflower and broccoli. But I especially like the meat part of your recipe, yum, I can never get enough of meat!

As far as my TV entertainment... I usually just zone out. Some of my family likes to watch shitshows like Judge Judy and American Idol, to me it's all just irritating noise. Maybe I can convince them to turn on some Meerkats or the first two Godfather movies, but not the third please, we seem to agree on that. The third movie was a mess that no one should have to sit through!

As far as the hydrotherapy I'll just let the human talk, paw-fives for now,

The Tobster

From the human - I checked into the physical therapy clinic, being there was some muscle atrophy even prior to surgery I think Toby might benefit from some hydrotherapy. He might not like it because it's an underwater treadmill, but that's too bad, I want him to at least have a chance to use the leg again.

I've emailed the clinic for some info, I'm just dreading the cost. The surgery already was $2,000 - ooof. Vets can be so expensive!

Btw, I fully agree on Philippe Gilbert!
 
Magnificent news!

Okay, it's just another baby step, but this one I think is kinda amusing.

As I was stretching Toby's leg out while he was lying on his side he wasn't sure what to do with it, so he just started scratching his ear with it. (It's almost like we're doing yoga or ballet stretches or something.) His range is getting much better, and he has some reflexes going on, so that's good.

I haven't heard from the PT clinic yet being the PT vet is out of town till next week, but Toby has an appointment with his surgery vet next Tuesday. Hopefully he'll be happy with Toby's progress, I certainly am.

Has anyone here ever had an ACL injury, btw.? I've never had any surgeries on my knees, so don't know what it would feel like and how painful it is.

Oh, here's a message from Toby:

I have graciously allowed the human into my man cave, don't know why I have to keep on doing these stupid stretches and the icing when I'm happy using just three legs. Hopefully the humans know what they're doing.



Paw-fives,

The Tobster
 
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Tricycle Rider said:
Magnificent news!

Okay, it's just another baby step, but this one I think is kinda amusing.

As I was stretching Toby's leg out while he was lying on his side he wasn't sure what to do with it, so he just started scratching his ear with it. (It's almost like we're doing yoga or ballet stretches or something.) His range is getting much better, and he has some reflexes going on, so that's good.

I haven't heard from the PT clinic yet being the PT vet is out of town till next week, but Toby has an appointment with his surgery vet next Tuesday. Hopefully he'll be happy with Toby's progress, I certainly am.

Has anyone here ever had an ACL injury, btw.? I've never had any surgeries on my knees, so don't know what it would feel like and how painful it is.

Oh, here's a message from Toby:

I have graciously allowed the human into my man cave, don't know why I have to keep on doing these stupid stretches and the icing when I'm happy using just three legs. Hopefully the humans know what they're doing.



Paw-fives,

The Tobster
:D
 
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