We brought Chelsea home this afternoon!!! She is doing considerably well and we are amazed at her resilience. She is one little trooper!
For the next ten days, Chelsea needs to take it easy. That means no running, jumping or playing. Chelsea will be crated at night to make sure she’s safe. She will be separated from Harley and Scarlett when we aren’t around and even though she’ll hate it, it’s for her own good. We don’t allow them to interact with Chelsea beyond a little sniff or lick when they’re together. Harley and Scarlett have been very good with her but we still need to limit and constantly monitor their interactions.
When we take Chelsea outside, we leave the other dogs inside and walk her a very short distance on leash. The doctors told us to encourage her to use her leg with “mini-walks” around the yard 3-4 times a day. We’ve also been massaging her leg to stimulate muscle growth.
We look forward to sharing Chelsea’s progress with you! For now, we are so relieved she is home and happy that she finally has a chance to live a healthy pain-free life! Thank you to everyone for all the prayers, encouragement and support; it has been truly amazing and we can’t thank you enough!
Here are some pictures of little Chelsea post-surgery.