This week Kara had surgery to repair her torn ligament. (It’s called TLPO surgery, if you want to look up the gory details). The good news is the surgery went well and in about 8 weeks we should be able to start (gradually) hiking and running again. The bad news is that she doesn’t get any walks until her stitches come out 2 weeks post-surgery, and then only short walks. Aaaand she’s already almost back to her pre-surgery energy levels.
So this week we’ve been figuring out our new routine of supervising and containing a dog who’s supposed to avoid most of her usual activity but doesn’t understand why she’s not allowed to get on the couch, or run around the yard, or, or, or… The first few days while her leg was completely bandaged she was quite the pitiful sight, but now that the leg isn’t immobilized she attempts to do pretty much everything that she isn’t allowed to do. Oy. Here’s how our week went:
Monday: Gym, and usual weekday stuff.
Tuesday: I dropped Kara off for her surgery before heading out for a speed run.
Wednesday: The vet wanted to give Kara her breakfast and make sure she was keeping her food down before they sent her home, so I headed to a nearby trail for a few miles before I picked her up.
I spent the rest of the morning getting Kara settled in at home and keeping her under supervision to prevent, for example, jumping on the couch or chasing the cats. (We have not been 100% successful at either.)
Thursday: I slept downstairs with Kara Wednesday night, and neither of us slept well since she kept getting up and rearranging herself to get more comfortable. It was my day to stay home with her, so we both had a chill day. For Kara it included laying outside for a while for the first time since her surgery.
Friday was my husband’s turn to stay home with Kara, so I headed out for my usual Friday steep trail run. Strava says I ran a ton of route PRs, but I`m not sure what it’s on about since this run was actually slower (though just by a few seconds) than last time I ran this trail. The uphill is starting to feel easier though, which is the more important part.
I took care of all the lab work and errands that accumulated while I was home with Kara, and managed to fit in a quick gym workout also.
Friday night we both left the house for a couple hours, for the first time since the surgery. Kara was content to take a nap in her crate.
Saturday Kara got her bandage off. She was ecstatic until she learned that the cone of shame had to come out to prevent her from licking her stiches. Fortunately she’s not actually all that interested in licking, so she only has to wear the cone when she’s unsupervised. The tricky part is that her cone doesn’t really fit in her crate, where she’s supposed to stay when unsupervised. We’ll probably improvise by barricading the living room.
Sunday I got in my long…ish run. I went out to a trail that I thought was quite a bit longer than it actually was, so what I ended up doing was going up the trail, down the road, and repeating with a parallel section of trail for 6.2 miles. I had planned on 7-8, but I wasn’t feeling like running part of the same route for the third time…not to mention the rain interspersed with bouts of graupel.
Meanwhile, Kara thinks she’s feeling well enough to be allowed to run around the yard unsupervised….when actually she has to stay on leash any time she goes out for another 5-6 weeks. Send help. Maybe a dog whisperer?
How do you feel about running the same route multiple times in a row?
Any tips on doggy surgery recovery?