Thursday, June 04, 2009
A Major Milestone
Today is a significant day for us. The big fears are over. Reyna is 28 days post-op, which means we’ve crossed a huge hurdle. As of the 4 week mark, Reyna is officially out of the high risk period. Unless she starts chewing on her scar, infection is no longer a concern. Dislocating the hip is also a non-issue now. She’ll still be on leash or otherwise confined for the next 8 weeks, but that’s more to control the healing and prevent set-backs. Now we start building muscle mass. We’ve been taking short walks twice a day for the last few days, and we’re up to just over 4 tenths of a mile with each walk. That doesn’t sound like much, but I don’t want to push things. We’ll be building the distance as time passes. Reyna is really enjoying getting outside and sniffing the various smells (and occasionally being loved on by neighbors). Her limp seems to be fading just a bit more each day, and the walks are helping to relax her. Thank goodness for that, because she’s definitely feeling the confinement these days. Depending on how miserable the weather is each day, I’m going to try adding a third walk to our routine. We’ll see how that goes.