So remember how Lucy was able to do this?
And then remember how she started limping after she’d run and played too hard? And how we took her to the vet to have her checked out and we were told she had Hip Dysplasia? We had to decide whether to have her nerves clipped so she simply wouldn’t feel the pain or whether to have surgery to correct the problem. It took us a while to decide what to do, but we finally made a decision.
Lucy now has some new hardware in her bones and she’s sporting some pretty ugly stitches. She had her first surgery yesterday and we brought her home today. Thankfully she’s pretty groggy today, since she’s supposed to keep still for a while.
I felt really bad leaving her at the vet, where she was SO excited to see Lindsay who’s always at the front desk. I felt really bad thinking about how she must have felt when she realized I’d turned her over and left her there so that the surgeons could inflict pain on her. It felt really lonely at home last night without my sweet, furry little pal around. But she’s home now and happy to be here with her family. She’s walking, albeit gingerly and she seems to be managing way better than I expected.
We have to restrict her activity for the next 8 weeks. No running. No jumping. No stairs. No playing! This could get interesting. Lucy is not one for sitting still. She’s curious and energetic and slightly ADHD. Can’t wait to see how she handles the physical therapy we’ll be doing with her for the next 12 weeks, after which… the other hip gets done.