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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.