Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rosie injured her back while playing with the kids on July 7th.  Whe stayed at a friend's house for 3 weeks, then we brought her home.  When she came home, she was able to stand for about 30 seconds if we propped her up.  She would occaisionally move her legs and her tail.

Now, she can stand about 1 min.  We still have to prop her up and we are supposed to do it several times a day.

I did some research and found out that water therapy is very helpful for parylized dogs.  So we borrowed a horse feeding trough and have attempted therapy with her.  What we do is fill the container up just so that Rosie's back legs are extended, she is standing on her front legs,and her back is floating at a level position.  Then we entice her with treats to make her walk from one end of the container to the other, over and over.

The first day we did therapy, she shook her hind quarters for the first time.  She was shaking herself dry and I had only seen her shake the front part of her body before.  That was an encouraging sign.

We do have some concerns about Rosie.  One is that she has developed sores in several places from when she drags herself.  I put triple antibiotic cream on them, but they continually stay raw.  And I don't know that getting them wet from the therapy 2 a day is good for them.

I haven't seen Rosie move either leg in a while.  I don't know if she just doesn't want to, or if she can't.  I am concerned that one leg may be atrophying.  It just doesn't look right.  The other leg seems stronger.


Any ideas for the wounds or how to do the water therapy?

2 comments:

MyStory of HiStory said...

Hi Randi. Seems you are going to great lengths to do all you can do for Rosie...I can't imagine what else to try. So sorry!

GardenofGems said...

Praying for all of you.