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Theo has a soft tissue injury

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My trainer in obedience class noticed Theo was walking funny throwing one leg out as he heeled next to me. Then I saw he was sitting funny, like a floppy puppy so we made a vet appointment.

He was sedated for an X-ray which was normal. The vet called it a soft tissue injury and he’s on two weeks of bed rest and Galliprant medication. No running, jumping, stairs etc.

I have no idea when or how he was injured. He never cried, I saw no accident. He was jumping and bouncing around like normal. I assume he wasn’t feeling much pain, or enough pain to avoid jumping on and off couches or rearing up to walk on his hind legs when he wanted.

I have him tethered to me on a 6’ leash. I’m so glad I had him tethered as a puppy for several months because he understands what it means and doesn’t fight it.

However he still wants to be active. It’s driving me nuts trying to stop all his jumping. I have to be quick to get him up or down before he does it himself.

I’m also thankful I can carry him up and down stairs.

What I didn’t expect was how it would change the dynamics with my other minipoo Babykins. I’ve had to stop them playing and they miss it terribly. She’s upset because Theo is often in her spot (tethered and can’t move). The dogs are used to going back and forth between couches and dog beds so they each get special time with Me and that’s disrupted.

We normally have an active schedule, and now we stay home, doing nothing. The only thing we have been able to do is a little Scentwork. But I have to be careful where I set hides so he doesn’t jump up or want to run and bounce while hunting.

We have one more week to go and I can’t wait. It’s exhausting to keep a 2 yo minipoo on bed rest when he doesn’t understand and wants to be active. I hope we all survive this last week.
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Ouch - crate rest is so important but can be such hard work. Ottosson toys, Kongs to chew and - as you have found - carefully staged scent games worked best for us when Sophy was on three weeks complete rest for her back. By the final days she was trying to run zoomies on a 6' leash...!
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We have a daily pill round for all three dogs - Poppy gets Denamarin and a vitamin B+E pill, Sophy a glucosamine supplement broken into two pieces and Freddy half a B+E - all are wrapped in chicken or a blob of tinned food and Freddy gets an extra taste to keep things fair. It means that medicines are considered treats and greatly anticipated which makes life so much easier when there are drugs they have to take.
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Hurrah for Theo feeling better!

In my early teens I had a Siamese cat who was nigh on impossible to pill. On one vet visit the patronising and supercilious male vet prescribed AB tablets and I explained how tricky she was and asked him to show me how to get them into her. "It's extremely simple", he said "you hold the cat like this and the tablet so then you just open the cat's mouth and..." There was a split second of violent activity, then the pill was in one corner, the cat in another and the rather less supercilious vet was sucking a long gash on his thumb. Back to the burrito after that.
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