Monthly Archives: May 2021

Quick Kira Update

Kira had her TPLO surgery just over six weeks ago. I haven’t posted much because there hasn’t been much to say.

She made slow, slow improvements over five weeks or so, then she seemed to have a set back of some sort. Limping more when she walked, not putting much weight on her leg when she stood still.

After a week of that, I called the ortho vet to express my concerns. I mostly wanted to know if she is just healing slowly but she’s on track, or if she is having problems and there is something we should be doing that we aren’t.

So she got her eight weeks xray two weeks early.

The vet said the bone is healing well, though it isn’t done. He said there is nothing that is setting off alarm bells and it may be a matter of time and we can slowly start walking her again to build up the muscle. All good news to me! My dread was being told “if only you would have called us sooner, we could have addressed it when it was easier”.

I walked her to the end of the block and then turned around. She seemed happy to go beyond where we had been taking her to pee. She pulled like a maniac, and I think I will use these short walks to try training her to heel. She has rotten, horrible leash manners. She’s also very trainable and I’m hoping if I stick with training, something that was basically impossible when I had her and Camp, by the time she’s ready to go for a real walk, she may be better behaved on leash. And if I can train her to not pull, maybe I can train her to be less reactive around other dogs. We would love to get a second dog again one day. We are so not a one dog household.