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Here's the update from my vet after a new set of x-rays: probably no surgery needed (the orthopedist still has to look at X-rays), so 6 to 8 WEEKS mandatory crate rest.

Pardon my drama but O.M.G!!

Wtf am I supposed to do for 6-8 WEEKS? Esp given how stir crazy the puppy is after just 4 days of this? I'm starting to think surgery would be easier (I know that's terribly wrong, and I don't really mean it, but jeez!).

So here's my next question: having the pet sitter in 2x daily then I come home at lunch costs $34/day (full-day day care is $21/day by comparison).

Since I know the puppy can hold her bladder 4-5 hrs at a stretch, would it be cruel of me to nix the sitter and do only my lunch break during the days when I work (Tuesday,Thursday,Friday)? She's 5 months old. I'm home all day the other 4 days of the week.

I have savings to cover health emergencies (each X-ray costs $150 min., every 2 weeks till this is over plus the $300 ER visit when the injury happened)), but the pet sitter will start adding up over 2 months. But I don't want to be any meaner to Merlee than she already thinks I am for crating her so much...

Advice? Suggestions? Anything to give me strength would be very much appreciated ...
 

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I'm curious, did your vet have any suggestions as to what kind of exercise (if any) she can have, or if medication may be needed?


This does sound like a frustrating next couple of months for you; I empathize, really!
 

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Pretty much no exercise except walking on a leash in the yard just to potty. The meds are: Rimadyl for inflammation and Topomol for pain every 12 hrs.
 

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I know lots of vets have dogs/pups, but sometimes I wonder if they really impose full crate rest on their dogs, too (or maybe cheat a little to preserve sanity). ?
 

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I know lots of vets have dogs/pups, but sometimes I wonder if they really impose full crate rest on their dogs, too (or maybe cheat a little to preserve sanity). ?

I would think most do impose full crate rest for their own dogs when it's truly necessary. That said, having known some vets really well, they've mentioned that they do sometimes recommend full crate rest in the hopes that the dog will get mostly crate rest.

They see the damage that can happen when dogs make injuries worse by not being rested. One of the biggest pet peeves one vet I knew had was clients who were told to rest a dog completely for however many weeks and then to see the dog again, still limping, after the prescribed period of rest, and the owner reports that they saw the dog was better so they decided the rest wasn't necessary for the full length of time.

I've found that as time goes on, dogs adjust their activity level and their expectations. The adapt to the new regime. I do feel for you and for your pup. Hang in there and do the best you can.
 

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Thanks! I'm just feeling rebellious about the whole thing -- it's how I react in general to having my hard-fought routines messed with :) We had a routine set up and now it's in total shambles, which makes me sorta nuts till I adjust... kind of like how the puppy is behaving. I guess having 4 different vets, including an orthopedic specialist, look at the x-rays and tell me they don't THINK there's a reason to operate after all of them telling me last week that they THINK there might be a bone chip, it just leaves me with a sense that this is all a big case of CYA because she's a puppy and there MIGHT be some further effect from all this down the road. Well, there will always be something that could possibly happen down the road, whether it's from this injury or some other problem, or something totally organic that hasn't developed yet. So I'm not feeling the love from the veterinary community right now, more like they're guessing and I get to deal with it. But the puppy and I will both adjust :)

I also have a call into a highly recommended holistic vet (she incorporates both modern vet medicine and more holistic treatments like acupuncture and supplements). The owner of the doggy day care where both my dogs go or were going raves about her agility dogs responding so well to this vet's treatments.

Anyway, thanks to everyone for their support and suggestions!!!
 

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Here's the update from my vet after a new set of x-rays: probably no surgery needed (the orthopedist still has to look at X-rays), so 6 to 8 WEEKS mandatory crate rest.

Pardon my drama but O.M.G!!

Wtf am I supposed to do for 6-8 WEEKS? Esp given how stir crazy the puppy is after just 4 days of this? I'm starting to think surgery would be easier (I know that's terribly wrong, and I don't really mean it, but jeez!).

So here's my next question: having the pet sitter in 2x daily then I come home at lunch costs $34/day (full-day day care is $21/day by comparison).

Since I know the puppy can hold her bladder 4-5 hrs at a stretch, would it be cruel of me to nix the sitter and do only my lunch break during the days when I work (Tuesday,Thursday,Friday)? She's 5 months old. I'm home all day the other 4 days of the week.

I have savings to cover health emergencies (each X-ray costs $150 min., every 2 weeks till this is over plus the $300 ER visit when the injury happened)), but the pet sitter will start adding up over 2 months. But I don't want to be any meaner to Merlee than she already thinks I am for crating her so much...

Advice? Suggestions? Anything to give me strength would be very much appreciated ...
I think you not using the sitter the 3 days a week you're not home all day is totally fine. (I did it that way from the time Tucker was 9 weeks old to about 5 months old - although in a x-pen) Would leaving her in a small pen be an option? As long as she's not jumping trying to get out I don't think he'll be able to hurt herself...
 

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Unfortunately, she does tend to jump up and put her paws against the side of the x-pens I have set up around the place, whereas the wire crate is tall enough that she can stand up with no problem but can't jump up any farther, so that seems a little better in terms of keeping her from using the knee joint more than she should. But thank you for the input!

What the pet sitter and I agreed on was the afternoon that usually runs long for me (I'm home at noon every day then have to work till after 6 on Thursdays vs. 5 other days) is Thursday so she will stop by around 2:30-3pm on Thursday afternoons, but then not the rest of the days or mornings. So ultimately, Merlee will be alone for 5 hours at the longest. Hopefully she will adjust okay to this over time.

Another thing that happened yesterday was the dosage on her pain meds was increased because she's put on another pound in weight (up to 10.6 lbs now). She had her first larger dose last night with dinner and was out like a light about 45 minutes later. So hopefully, while she's taking these meds every 12 hours, she will sleep through a lot of this, which makes it go a little faster.
 
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