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Old 10-05-2017, 04:22 PM
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There are times when less is best, and she may well completely recover on her own, with some anti-inflammation and pain medication.
If she can heal on her own, that is far, better than having some one poking, prodding, twisting and cutting. Let's hope!
i want to emphasize that nothing my chiropractor did was painful -
he just gently put pressure on one area of my spine, I heard a soft 'pop!', & i could breathe.

All the pain was the result of the muscles being jammed in an abnormal position for so long, & they spasmed when they were at last back where they belonged -
he even showed me how to get them back in place myself, by lying on my back, bringing my knee across my body, & gently pulling my knee toward me with both hands laced across my shin.

On the rare occasion that it slips out now [over 20-years later], that self-treatment still works.

JME, YMMV,
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We're trying to avoid chiropracter/physical therapy because Delilah is very fearful of people and would not do well with a stranger touching her.

We're going to give her pain meds for two weeks to see if that helps her heal. Also trying to keep her from jumping but so far have not been successful. She is very fast and jumping on furniture is just how she moves through space. Like, couches, chairs, the bed, even the countertops. She just likes hanging out on high places. And just jumping on and off- she'll get excited, start doing zoomies around the house, and jump on and off the couch several times during the course of her zoomies. Not sure how to stop her. She can climb ex pens.
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We're trying to avoid chiropracter/physical therapy because Delilah is very fearful of people and would not do well with a stranger touching her.

We're going to give her pain meds for two weeks to see if that helps her heal. Also trying to keep her from jumping but so far have not been successful. She is very fast and jumping on furniture is just how she moves through space. Like, couches, chairs, the bed, even the countertops. She just likes hanging out on high places. And just jumping on and off- she'll get excited, start doing zoomies around the house, and jump on and off the couch several times during the course of her zoomies. Not sure how to stop her. She can climb ex pens.
Good for you.

Just follow the vets advice with regard to pain meds. The danger of using those meds, of course, is that the dogs may overdo it because they don't feel any pain, and actually do themselves some damage during the healing process. Sometimes it helps to wean the dogs off the medications, and let their activity be limited by any discomfort they feel.

I think you're right about any massage or manipulation therapy. This was surgery to repair a joint, there wasn't any musculature involved.
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Arrow tethered - to U, or something solid.

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... trying to keep her from jumping but so far, not successful.

She is very fast and jumping on furniture is just how she moves through space. Like, couches, chairs, the bed, even the countertops.
She just likes hanging out on high places.

And just jumping on and off- she'll get excited, start doing zoomies around the house, and jump on and off the couch several times during the course of her zoomies.
Not sure how to stop her. She can climb ex pens.
Waist leash.
4-ft long max, wrist-loop slid onto a wide sturdy belt & then buckle the belt.

Wall tethers -
3-ft max, clip her onto it anytime U can't wear her [such as in the shower].
Screw an eyebolt into the baseboard, clip a 3-ft long vinyl-coated bike cable to the eyebolt, clip the free end on the dog's buckle-collar or to the CHEST of a Y-harness.
the eyebolt makes only a 1/4-inch hole, easily filled if U rent & will eventually move.

If U don't want to screw an eyebolt into the baseboard, make a PORTABLE tether; screw an eyebolt into the center of a wide side on a 2-ft hunk of 2x4.
Clip the 3-ft cable [even 2-ft is adequate] to the eyebolt; put the 2x4 behind any door in the house, entry, closet, room door, _____ .
slip the cable UNDER the door, & close it.
Clip the free end to the dog's buckle-collar or to the chest of a Y-harness.
Move the tether anywhere U have a door; she can go with U to any room, as U work, clean, craft, cook, etc, & U can do remote-training to keep her occupied, give her a pacifier or busywork [stuffed frozen Kong, hoof, antler, ____ ] so she has SOMETHING TO DO.

If she's on a waist-leash or tethered, she won't be leaping like an eejit & re-injuring herself.

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