George is home! And he is bionic!
Belinda and Fred took Mum to the Royal Vet Hospital to collect George. When they were called into the consultation room, the nurse gave an update on George’s progress. Mum couldn’t wait to see George. His nurse went to bring him to meet Mum.
Mum gingerly held him …
The nurse showed Mum how to give him some Physio during the mend …
Mum supporting his “chicken leg”
The nurse showed us his x-rays – the nuts and bolts and metal plate that are inside of George’s leg.
Those stainless steel nuts and bolts – wonder what would happen if we put a magnet next to his leg. Hmmm.
Well, its one last goodbye for nurse Emma.
Look at how he’s walking! No more limping!
Checking out at the Reception – and making a follow-up appointment.
Getting ready to re-enter the world, George!
We stopped for lunch at the Hospital Restaurant – and Mum and Belinda had a good laugh – of course they didn’t let dogs inside!!!!!
And then the long ride back from Potters Bar back to London.
I had been for a walk with Joanna in the morning and then waited for his return. I was happy to see George and gave him a kiss when he arrived. Very quickly, Mum put him in the crate. And he didn’t seem to mind.
Welcome home, George. We’ve missed you but we knew it was the best thing to have left you at the the Vet over the weekend.
May’s comment: It was really sweet when we were leaving the Hospital, the staff at the reception desk were all saying how sad they were to see George leave. They loved him and as always he endeared himself to them.
It was quite nerve-wrecking going to pick-up George from the Royal Vet Hospital. I was nervous about how to handle him while he was healing.
George was diagnosed with degeneration of the cranial cruciate ligament causing his stifle joint (knee) to be unstable. A Closing Wedge Tibial Levelling Osteotomy (CWO-TPLO) is a surgical procedure designed to dynamically stabilise the stifled joint (knee) as he walks, removing the need for the damaged ligament. The surgery involves making a cut in the upper part of the tibia bone, changing the alignment of the top of the bone, and fixing it in a new position with plates and screws.
Healing will take up to eight weeks – to allow the bone to fuse properly. For the first two weeks, he needs to be in a crate or small room when unsupervised and 5 minute walks 3-4 times a day. Then increasing it to 10-15 minute walks 3-4 times a day. From week 5-8, he can be on lead for 15-20 minute walks 3-4 times a day.
We have a follow-up appointment at eight weeks to see how the bone has fused – maybe that will give me any reassurance about letting him get on with his craziness.
He was terrible in the car home – panted all the way. Once home he settled into his crate quietly – only anxious when he hears me getting ready to go out. He doesn’t want to be left. And the first night I carried him while walking Darcy – think I need to walk them one at a time. He’s small but he’s not lightweight.