Chelsea has been recovering exceptionally well from FHO surgery! (If you haven’t read Chelsea’s story, click here.) Though adjusting to the “recovery rules” hasn’t been easy, Chelsea’s leg is healing incredibly.
During FHO surgery, Chelsea had her leg completely detached and put into her hip socket. This was for a preexisting injury and therefore, Chelsea had lost a lot of muscle mass in the bad leg.
Because we had to fundraise to pay for the surgery, we did not want her to lose more muscle mass as time went on. During fundraising efforts, we took Chelsea on long walks every day, encouraging her to use her leg. We wanted her to have as much muscle as possible and get used to walking on it. This continued for two months leading up to surgery.
Now, 5 days after a very successful surgery, Chelsea is walking on all fours beautifully! She still has an obvious limp but we don’t have to encourage her to use it as we were told we would. We walk her four to five times a day, around our yard, on leash. This will help her strengthen her muscles and get used to walking normally.