Need advice with a dog recovering from..

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Need advice with a dog recovering from..
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:52am
Hi...My dogs name is Gizmo. She is a year old. She only weighs 3 pounds. She had to have both back knees operated on Tuesday. Her back legs are in bandages and she cant bend them.

Anyone know anything about this surgury and how I can help her. She is so pitiful! It breaks my heart.
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Registered: 03-20-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 11:23am
Welcome to the Dogs Board Brynn311...and I'm so sorry about your little Gizmo. Poor have such an operation at so young an age. Has your vet given you a list of dos and don'ts....luckily she is such a small dog that it is easy for you to carry her wherever she has to go.

Are you having a problem keeping her quiet...if so, then a crate would be the answer until she has healed completely; or at least a small room where she can't get into any trouble.

Please tell us more about little Gizmo and we'll try to help in any way we can....



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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 11:58am
Well, I got Gizmo for my 10 year old daughter last year when she was 7 weeks old. I would have never dreamed that a dog would mean so much to me. She has become such a BIG part of our family. I dont know what we ever did without her. Anyway, last week I noticed her back leg bothering her. So.. I took her to the vet where they explained to me that with yorkies, it is comman for the knee caps to pop out of joint. So, they did surgery on Tuesday morning. I was able to pick her up Wed. A.M. When I get there to pick her up, I see her back legs and how they are bandaged up....straight like 2 sticks. I ask the nurse.."How is she supposed to go to the bathroom?" The nurse shrugged her shoulders and said" I dont know".... The doctor gave me all the instructions about carrying her back in 7 days to have bandages removed. She has a patch that is stiched on her back for pain...that last for 3 days. I feel like i wasnt given any information on recovery... I didnt mean for this to be so long...Im sorry
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 8:12pm
Hi there,

You don't need to apologize for a long message (it wasn't long, anyway) but it sounds as though your vet owes you an apology for not providing you with enough post op information.

If your dog seems to be in pain after 3 days, don't hesitate to contact the vet and either get a prescription for main meds, or a recommendation as to what over the counter pills (and the correct dosage) you can give Gizmo.

As far as how to go about walking the dog, keep it to short leash walks for elimination purposes only. Sure it will be awkward, but when your dog has to go, she'll manage- dogs are resourceful like that. If it looks as though she's having trouble walking, a towel or scarf can be used as a sling to support her in a standing position, as you walk beside her. Keep your dog from playing with other dogs while she is healing.

You should reduce your pet's food intake to prevent weight gain during the inactivity. Generally cutting their food intake in half will allow them to maintain their current weight. Water consumption should remain normal.

Keep your dog from licking or chewing on the bandages. If she won't leave them alone, you may need to apply something like "Bitter Apple" to deter her.

When you see the doctor again be sure to ask about how much exercise to give the dog, in particular passive range of motion exercises that will help strengthen the dog's knees.

Let us know ho wit goes. Best of luck!


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:14pm
Hello, there, Brynn311, and *WELCOME* to the dogs board!!! I feel soooo badly for little Gizmo ~ she's been through so much for being so young! My heart goes out to her and you!

Please stay in touch and let us know how Gizmo is progressing, okay? We really care about both of you!

Hugs, *C*, Mr. Higgins, Mandy, and Bob

For the Love of Dogs Homepage and Welcome Center ~



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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 11:52am
Thanks for the support! I brought Gizmo to work with me today, so when I leave, I am going to the vet's office and get her pain patch removed...While I am there, I will ask if there something I can give her for the pain. She whelped a little earlier when I picked her up. It is nice to have a place to come to with my questions... I will take a pic of her in a few minutes (when she wakes up) so you all can fall in love with her, the way I did! lol
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 12:52pm
heres a pic of her that i took at lunch... poor thing

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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 9:51pm
The best thing would be to talk to your vet that performed the surgery. I'm not sure what kind of surgery she had. But with most surgeries the less movement possible is the best until they are totally healed. A crate is probably the best choice to use while you're gone, but definately call you vet.