The road to recovery, after a big surgery, is rarely a straight one. Bucky is no exception. He was doing fabulously the first 4 or 5 days of recovery. The tendons in his leg were stretching back out and nearly reached the ground. He wasn’t putting any weight on his back leg, but it would touch the ground a bit. And then, by Wednesday, it was all swollen again and back up close to his abdomen.

For a couple days he was a very quiet dog, which isn’t like him. He howls and has a lot to say when he’s happy. For a couple days he had little or nothing to say, and he wasn’t even that interested in leaving his crate. Back to the surgeon on Friday to check him out, and we all breathed a big sigh of relief (the surgeon most of all!) to find that he hadn’t dislodged any pins or wires. That would have been a huge deal, and another surgery on the leg, one that may or may not have worked.

The surgeon isn’t sure why his leg swelled up, but she switched him to a different antibiotic to ward off any infection. (There weren’t any outward signs of infection, but you never know.) And he got a cold laser treatment while there, which really seemed to help. About 5-6 hours later his leg was about halfway back to the ground. He meets with his PT team this Wednesday and I hope and expect that cold laser therapy is going to be a regular thing for him for a bit.

Over the weekend we have been letting him out of the crate on a leash or tether, trying to get him to be a little more active but not jumping or running and such. I’m just thinking that some movement, on flat ground, is good for the body in general and definitely good for his spirits. He is back to howling and protesting his crate, and that’s absolutely fine with me. His leg is just a couple inches from the ground now, though there is still some swelling. I’m hoping it continues to improve. The surgeon wants an update on Monday so we’ll see what she says then.

In the meantime, Bucky has learned to wait for his meals!! He sits and waits for me to put his dish down and release him. He’s a smart dog, and should be very easy to train as he continues to recover.

PT assessment Wednesday, and sutures out next Saturday, and we will just keep on walking the recovery road, hopefully without too many twists and turns.

21 thoughts on “The Fosters: Bucky’s Road to Recovery

  1. Oh Bucky…..your road to recovery has just begun little guy and you are ever so brave really. Having to wear your “contraption” on your head is one thing but having pain is another and you are no stranger to that way before you came to the wonderful foster home where you are now! We continue to hope that your “road” will not be rockier than it MUST be. When I see your eyes, I see so much including hope and trust.

    Love, Pam and Teddy

  2. It is his eyes. It makes me wonder if he’s thinking what did I do to deserve this? Nothing brave pup, but hang in there. Your human blog friends are pulling for you.
    The end is a bit far off with probably a few more bends in the road at this point, but one paw after the other will get you there.

    1. He does look a bit pathetic, doesn’t he? Belly rubs are his favorite, and we’re trying to give him plenty.

  3. Bucky–you are the handsomest little guy… I smiled that he is howling again. Those puppy eyes…hang in there, cutie. Slow and steady wins the race.

  4. Oh! That face! Makes me want to scoop him up and love on him!

    Glad he’s howling again – at least you know he’s back to somewhat “normal” – and protesting about the crate.

    Like Connie said, all your human blog friends are pulling for you, Bucky. Hang in there, precious boy. You’re in the best foster home you could ask for. Debra and Marley will continue to do their best for you. Ducky, Bogie, and I send you constant POTP, healing energy, and love.

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