Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Post-amputation healing #3

21 days post-amp!

15 days post-amp – day after getting stitches out

Dixie is all healed up! Her hair is growing back and it's probably 2/3 as long as it will be. There is a little round spot near her belly that is darker than the rest and the hair isn't growing back as quickly. I think it's just a different kind of hair that grows there, and more belly-type skin.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Post-amputation healing #2

15 days post-amp – day after getting stitches out

14 days post-amp – morning before getting stitches out

7 days post-amp

Dixie's lookin' good! Her bruising is just about gone. I can't tell if the part near her belly is still a little bruised. I noticed her tan hair is coming back on the front of her shoulder. I cannot wait until her hair totally grows back!

Proof that dogs are AMAZING

I read before Dixie's surgery that it's easier for tripawds to walk at a faster than slower pace. Dixie walks so fast that it's hard to keep up! Either we're going to become super great race-walkers or be really good skateboarders. Well, we are already skateboarders, so never mind.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dixie can jump high!

Look who I found on the bed this morning? Jumped up there all by herself. Dixie is definitely milking this recovery for all it's worth!

Guess she can do stairs now, according to my mom. Must get video of that!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Zip-lock dog food bag.

Smartest thing ever. Why doesn't every brand do this? I met one of the women who's family is involved in producing this dog food, Pure Vita, at Pet Food Depot awhile back. She gave me a bunch of samples and Dixie seemed to love it. I bought a big bag today at Pet Food Depot with a $2 off coupon. I'm completely blown away by the zip-lock bag.

PS Dixie scarfed down her bowl.

Post-amputation healing

7 days post-amp

5 days post-amp

4 days post-amp

It's amazing how quickly dogs heal. Dixie hasn't had any excessive fluid or a seroma develop. Her bruising is starting to go away. I really can't wait for her hair to grow back. I don't think we'll even notice a scar.

We are meeting a lot of new people lately because of Dixie's missing leg. We spoke to two different neighbors for the first time the other day while walking Dixie. Today everyone at Pet Food Depot wanted to know her story and give her treats. She's definitely getting a lot of attention!

Holy medicine!

As you can see, Dixie is on a variety of medications. We even have a "Dixie" medicine cabinet in our house now. I wanted to share with ya'll Dixie's medicine regiment we go through twice a day. One of the pain meds and two of the supplements are chewable. The rest go down with a little chicken!

After laying this all out, I said to Adam, "It's like Dixie is a cancer patient!" And then I remembered she is.

Once monthly:
Interceptor - heartworm medication

Once daily:
glucosamine, chronjointin, & MSM - joints
fish oil - skin & coat

Twice daily:
Cepha - antibiotic
Tramadol - pain medication
Rimadyl - anti inflammatory & pain medication
multivitamin - general health
tri-biotic gel - ear infection

Dixie seems to be doing well with her pain, so I think we may cut down on the Tramadol to once a day. It's hard to say because it's only a 12-hour pill. Maybe we should just keep up with it until she gets her stitches out next Tuesday. She needs to finish the Cepha to ward off infection. The Rimadyl she will take on "sore days" from here on out. And of course, we'll keep up with the vitamins and supplements.