She gets short walks every day as advised - nothing strenuous, no running or jumping.
We hope to be able to afford this - trying to save and look at other options, being retired and on a limited budget does not help. Were going to give it a few months and see how she does.
Right now were spending thousands on my son to go to college ( has 2 years left) and just about the same on the wife's horse - she is allergic to hay
Certain hay pollens cause her to have breathing issues, so we are doing allergy injections and currently strong antibiotics to eliminate a current lung infection. We did have a laugh at the Vets office that Emma just might be more expensive than her horse Lillie.
The after care will be hard on me, especially supporting her to go out and potty. At least being retired I will be home all the time. The rehab instructions do have her limited walking after a week or so, but doctor was very concerned about following things exactly and limiting her activity. Ill email him and ask about her walks now to build muscle mass as you suggest. However as bad as her hips are I don't want to get into any pain situation for her.
My local vet does have a therapy pool with a tread mill, so I will be checking on this. However she is afraid of the water, even jumping over puddles and streams on our Santa Fe vacation. She also hates baths too
. She also now hates the vets office too - wonder why