My new girl Keiko that I adopted around Thanksgiving just had UAP surgery Thursday. We are very relieved to find out that it's only ONE elbow! Hooray! They x-rayed her other elbow, and it looked perfectly fine. The vet showed me the two x-rays for comparison, and it was amazing the difference.
The ortho vet removed the UAP from the bad elbow, and cleaned up the joint a bit. I was surprised at how BIG the UAP was. It was about the size of a marble! No wonder her elbow was hurting, with that rolling around loose!
We brought her home yesterday, and we are to have 4-6 weeks of crate rest. I'm hoping for 4... We're only on day 2, and she started using the leg almost normally today. I have to keep her on a short leash to prevent her from trotting. She doesn't limp when walking at all. Yesterday, she was hopping around on 3 legs.
My other dog is so happy to have his friend back, even though he isn't able to actually be around her, except through a closed crate door.
When she was at the vet's, he kept checking the space where her crate goes, and he was looking pretty depressed. Now he's happy puppy again, though he won't get to play with her for quite a while.
I'm hoping she'll learn to pee on command. I'm praising like crazy and saying, "Good pee-pee!" when she pees.
This morning, I've taken her out twice and she hasn't peed yet, but she did pee a huge river yesterday afternoon when we got home - all those iv fluids. She had peed once more that evening. At bedtime, I went to take her out, and she looked at me like, "Really? It's bed time. Go away." That's normal for her at bedtime.
Hopefully she'll pee soon. She has a bucket of water in her crate, but it doesn't look like she's touched it yet. I put water in her food last night, and she did consume all of that.
Anyway, thanks to those who shared their experiences in my first UAP thread. After seeing that piece of bone, I'm glad we did the surgery. As the vet explained it, it's like having a rock in your shoe... He removed the rock, but the shoe still doesn't fit. But at least she's lean and muscular, so that should help. I will continue her on glucosamine and fish oil for life. Hopefully, this next 4 weeks will go by quickly!
Here she is, waiting in the lobby for her dropoff appointment: