We are now a few weeks removed from The Rosie Health Scare, and as my grandmother reminded me this morning, I’ve neglected to update you on her surgery. My sincerest apologies :) I’m happy to report that she is as rambunctious as ever. Her complicated dietary needs have quadrupled, but it’s manageable. We only regret saving her life once or twice a week now. Only kidding. For real, no hate mail please. We love our dog.
Even though Rosie seems to be 100% back, there is still the big issue of her hips. The vet is floored by the insane deterioration and can’t reconcile the Rosie he sees on her xrays with the Rosie gallivanting around his office. The only conclusion he can draw is that she has an enormous tolerance to pain. While I agree, there are times I notice little things that she does to make herself more comfortable: she doesn’t sit straight. Instead, her hips are always thrust out to the side; she runs with a horse-like canter that makes her look like a hopping bunny; and she can’t sit in one position for too long. I’m guessing she gets stiff. The plan is to start her on glucosamine injections this month. Lots of them at first and then tapering off to a monthly dosage. Thankfully, these shots aren’t terribly expensive which helped keep us away from the original “how much is too much” question.
You know those YouTube videos that show kids after surgery and everyone laughs at how loopy they are? I wish I would have made one of Rosie. This poor puppy was so disoriented; stumbling around like a drunk college dog. During the car ride home, she did this whimper/bark that was just pitiful. At first we felt badly for her, but then we quickly realized that if someone started talking, she would whimper/bark louder and more dramatically to drown their words out. No kidding! If I stopped talking, her noises quieted down to a whisper. Attention whore. Wow, that escalated quickly.
Hands down, we are glad we made the decision to go ahead with the surgery despite the hip findings. She has healed well and we’re adjusting to the new diet (4 feedings a day!). If all goes as planned, we should have several more good years with our little pooch! Yay!