Chelsea the Superstar

It has almost been two weeks since Chelsea’s FHO surgery and we are progressing into her recovery phase with wonderful success! Last week, we shared with you a video of Chelsea walking 5 days after surgery; she is only getting better!

Hello! I'm doing very well!

During the first 10 days, we focused on recovery from surgery. We massaged Chelsea’s muscles in her leg 3-4 times a day to stimulate muscle growth. We walked her around the backyard on leash to encourage her to use her leg and discourage running/playing with the other dogs. ย While there was certainly much less running and playing, I’d be lying if I said there was none. C’mon- Chelsea is a 6 month old puppy and sometimes it just happened. When we were at work, Chelsea was separated from Harley and Scarlett by a doggy gate. This avoided any contact when we weren’t around to supervise. At night, we crated her for extra safety.

On Thursday, Chelsea went to her post-op check-up with Dr. Sardinas at Miami Veterinary Specialists. Chelsea’s stitches were removed and he told us she was walking so well, he was amazed. He said her recovery will most-likely take less than 6 months because she has really adopted that leg as if it’s fine. Most dogs take weeks to begin putting weight on the foot and you must encourage them to use it. Dr. Sardinas thinks Chelsea’s injury was so bad and so painful, once they fixed it she was just so relieved and ready to go. He also said our daily walks with Chelsea before surgery helped, as she got used to walking on the bad leg and retained some muscle mass.

FHO scar, 2 weeks later.

He instructed us to move into the first rehabilitation phase of Chelsea’s surgery. We’ll continue pain medication, separating the dogs when gone and crating overnight but will add more physical activity to help Chelsea gain muscle mass. She needs to gain muscle mass in her leg that she lost as well as grow supporting mass around her leg that is now sitting in her hip socket, essentially unattached. To do this, we’ll take Chelsea on longer walks around the neighborhood 2-3 times a day. It’s important that we always stop walking whenever she stops using her leg (at that point, the walk does no good). Thankfully, that has not happened yet. We’ll also take Chelsea to do hydrotherapy. Swimming is one of the best things Chelsea can do to accelerate her recovery.

Chelsea is also allowed to run now but we must be very careful. We would never want her to re-injure herself so we limit the running (only on the grass). She can’t roughhouse with the other pups so we basically have to stop them every time they start playing. We can’t wait until they are allowed to play again–especially Scarlett, who is lonely without her pal ๐Ÿ™‚

We wish we could play with each other! C'mon, Mom, let us RUN!!!!!!!

Thank you all for the wonderful support, encouragement and prayers throughout this whole ordeal. We are blessed to have you all as friends and look forward to Chelsea’s complete recovery!


10 responses to “Chelsea the Superstar

  1. The little one is looking great and the fur is growing back nicely:) Thanks for the update.

  2. Thank you! It is so amazing to see her recovering so well– we are truly lucky she is such a little trooper!

  3. Wow! That’s amazing – way to go Chelsea! I can imagine how happy you must be feeling. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sure her speedy recovery is in no short measure down to what you are doing for her.

  4. Thank you H and Flo for your kind words ๐Ÿ™‚ We are so happy she is doing so well! Today, she’s getting spayed so we may have a slight setback but we hope she’s back to normal in no time ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. She is really doing well and you are taking such good care of her. Wonderful news.

  6. Thanks browndawgs! We are so happy she keeps getting better as each day progresses ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s one strong little girl!!

  7. I felt so bad for Chelsea when you mentioned how much pain she had been in before the surgery. So glad she is on the road to recovery.

  8. Chelsea the Superstar is such an amazing puppy! She is so lucky to have you. I am glad to hear she is not in so much pain anymore and she still enjoys her walks. I bet she can’t wait to play tug a war with Scarlett.

  9. Please stop by my blog when you get a chance as I’ve got two awards for you in honor of Chelsea! Chelsea, I hope you are doing well!

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