If you haven’t seen my original two posts, be sure to checkout my first article, read Treating a Torn/Ruptured Cranial Crucial Ligament (CCL) in Dogs (ACL), and my second article The Recovery Process – Keeping an Active Dog Inactive.
It has been a week now and our dog is finally getting used to being confined to her small cage. Our Veterinary doctor couldn’t stress enough how important it was to keep the dog without activity, so we’re doing our best to keep her caged up all day and all night without any activity. It’s hard, but with the help of some sedative pills, it has become manageable. As you may know, pit bulls have very persistent and stubborn personalities, so keeping a dog who has been extremely active all her life penned up in a cage all day is somewhat difficult.
Today, we went in for her one week checkup where they remove her bandages from the leg she had surgery on, and they removed the pain patch that was applied to her opposite leg. They checked the staples (sutures) and after deciding that everything was fine, they let us go – no charge too! With our dog becoming more and more restless with each day that passes, we found it necessary to ask for more sedatives for her, which the veterinary clinic gladly provided. So far, she has been very mellow since having her bandages removed, I just hope it stays that way. She hasn’t paid much attention to her 6-inch wound on her hind leg that has been stapled shut, and I’m really hoping that it stays that way, because I really don’t want to have to put her in the “lamp-shade”.
After the first couple days, it has gotten easier, but the hardest part is just leaving your dog locked up – with no activity (other than bathroom breaks a couple times per day). I hope those of you who read this find this information helpful, and I’ll try to post pictures if anyone is interested.