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At least I hope it will be his last.  We had our vet appointment this afternoon.  The first thing Doc noticed was that he wasn't putting much weight on his leg.  Uh-oh.  They took an x-ray and saw that the rod had migrated down a little more than it should be.  So, the rod will be taken out a few weeks (2-4 weeks) early. 


Gizmo goes back to the clinic on Monday morning.  Doc will operate and take the rod out.  Then, he will manipulate the leg (while Gizmo is still under anesthetic) to be sure it's strong enough and healed well.  He has to really work the leg to see if it will break.  If it does, another larger rod will have to be put back in.  They can't put the same rod back in because it will just fall back down where it doesn't belong again.  This is a dangerous thing because it's possible that the larger rod would cause the bone to break or splinter.  That could mean really bad things for his leg. 


But, I'm not going to go there.  I trust our vet and know he is extremely skilled in these types of surgeries.  Gizmo will spend the night and come home on Tuesday.  Then, he has to be kept quiet and no rough playing or slipping on the floors, etc.... So, he'll have to stay on the carpeted area of the house.  Doc said it will take about 4-6 weeks for his leg to completely heal after the rod comes out.


Physical Therapy after the rod is out will be walking, walking, and more walking - which is what he loves to do.  Doc said swimming will be very beneficial, too.  Luckily it's starting to get warmer, so we'll have to find a public access lake that allows pets.  The swimming is good because it's a low impact exercise for the knee and leg.


Keep your fingers crossed for us.  I'm anxious to have him TOTALLY back to normal.  I miss our long walks and play without fearing he will hurt himself.  sigh.

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Comment by Jo Bill on May 20, 2012 at 6:45pm

No, Grace.  Gizmo has not been on pain meds since his first surgery when they put the pin in.  He was only on them for 10 days.  He's really walking very well now.  YEA!

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 20, 2012 at 5:52pm

Oh Jo, I'm so happy that Gizmo is really doing good.   Is he still on pain meds?  He sure has mended quickly!

Comment by Jo Bill on May 20, 2012 at 2:51pm

Thanks, LaWonda.  Gizmo is doing great.  It's about 90* here today, so we took him to a park and let him wade in the creek.  It wasn't very deep, but the sides were high.  He found a place that wasn't too bad and jumped in.  Then we had to find a lower, less steep area for him to climb up.  He did very well.  He's actually walking instead of hopping on his leg now.  Yea!!

Comment by LaWonda and Lucie Peppermint on May 20, 2012 at 2:24pm

I hope Gizmo is doing better. I am so sorry that you are going through this

Comment by Jo Bill on May 19, 2012 at 2:42pm

Yes, Pedro & Pemon ... I am almost back to my old self.  I decided to try and walk on my sore leg, and you know what?  It didn't hurt a bit!  Infact, I'm using it to walk on most of the time.  Of course, I still hop sometimes just so Mommy & Daddy don't think they need to pamper me.  I did something today that REALLY scared Mommy, but it was so much fun!  I followed her into the bedroom and when she had her back turned ... I jumped on the bed!  Then I ran around in little circles until she saw me and told me to get down.  Darn!  I was just soooo excited because I had just been outside running in the sprinklers!  That was tons of fun!  I'm feeling so much better that I feel like playing ALL the time!  Yea ME!

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on May 19, 2012 at 2:18pm

Hi Cousin Gizzy!! This is me, Pedro... Mommy and Daddy and I are SO happy to hear that you're recovering and that you are getting back to your normal, playful self. So cool that you got a chance to swim and drink some fresh water from a creek! That is so much fun! We send you hugs, cuddles and loving paws to share with your Mommy and your Daddy too because you must all be so happy that you are doing so much better! As we are all! - loving paws from Pedro

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 18, 2012 at 10:39am

Oh Jo, so glad Gizmo is on his way to a speedy recovery.  I'm also very happy with all the patience and love you had when he was an impossible puppy.  It is all paying off.  Hope he slept well for you last night.  Hi to Terry!

Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on May 18, 2012 at 10:09am

What wonderful news! And there is nothing like playing in a creek. Happy to hear that Gizmo is doing so well!

Comment by Jo Bill on May 17, 2012 at 8:45pm

Gizmo is doing great!  He is putting a little more weight on his leg and more often, too.  We went to a park tonight after dinner.  He didn't want to get in the car ... I think he thought we were going to take him to the vet AGAIN.  LOL.  He was off leash most of the time at the park.  I used his training collar and he was wonderful.  There are several wooded trails that we could walk.  He'd run ahead, sniffing all excited, and then stop and wait for us....just like he does when we go on walks at home.  He came when called and had a good time racing all over the place.  He didn't bother other people when we saw them.  He got to wade in a creek and get a cold drink of water.  We were there for about an hour.  I think he fell asleep on the way home, but when we got home he was FULL of mischief!  I finally got him to settle down....after his popsicle........  Hopefully he'll really sleep well tonight.  Was a great day!!!!

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 17, 2012 at 8:29pm

Hi Jo, how is Gizmo doing?

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