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#1 Kelly

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 09:01 PM

Sorry I've been a bit illusive recently, but my 7 month old pup has been up and down the vets... the end result being  extensive surgery. :(

 

I've virtually sold my soul to finance it.... and am keeping fingers crossed that I'll be reimbursed by the insurance. :fingers_crossed:

 

She's home now... and all looks good.... surgery is inevitable on he other leg in the near future, so I've got that to look forward to next.... plus I've got a uni assignment due on Tuesday, which looks in no way near to submission at the moment. :blink2:  :blink2:

 

Here's my baby when I brought her home yesterday, looking sorry for herself. :wub:

 

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:50 PM

Kelly

hope she's feeling better soon,lots of luck hope all goes well for your uni assignment,what are you studying?

 

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:18 PM

hi Kelly

it sounds like your having a hard time at the min, hopefully your puppy wont take to long to get better, she does look sorry for her self in the picture, bless her.

take care. x



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 09:00 PM

Sorry to hear pup is off colour!! What is wrong with her leg... I love the 'feeling sorry for myself' face.... Such deep worry furrows for her pretty face x x x hugs x

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 09:53 PM

Hi Kelly,
Sorry to hear about your little pup. Hope she gets better soon. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Take care.
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Posted 09 June 2013 - 07:06 AM

She was born with luxating patella's or "floating knee caps", which can be quite common in Staffordshire bull terriers.  :(  I got a cross breed because I thought these genetic problems wouldn't be as marked. Just my luck eh?  ;)

 

Anyway she's been having problems on and off and it was affecting her quality of life because I couldn't run her off lead any more and she was missing out on so much of her puppyhood.

 

The last time I took her to the vet her right leg had progressed to a grade 4, which meant that her knee cap was permanently dislocated.... hence her surgery last week. She will need the op on the left leg too at some point.... however that's graded at a 2 at the moment so isn't as urgent.

 

My assignments nearly there.... I've got today and Monday to finish it, so I should be able to crack on now. :) It's for my BA hons in Early Years, Jayne. x



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 12:07 PM

Hi Kelly,
We were planning to get a purebred staff pup last year but changed our minds because we feared that our tortoise 'Billiejo' could be the victim of some dog chewing. To be honest, I didn't realize staffs suffered from the problem you mentioned. I am sorry this has happened to your little one. Such bad luck. I hope her condition improves with surgery and she can have a good quality of life in future. Best of luck too, with your uni-assignment. I feel sure you'll come through. Take care, Kelly.
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Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:23 PM

Thanks Freddy :)

 

I've never had any problems with any of my staff crosses with small furries or tortoises. I've got three cats and they're well up the pecking order above the dog! :rofl:  I've always got them from a young age and socialised them well. I make sure the tortoises are enclosed with a wire mesh to protect them from both the dog and the cats.... in the inside and outside enclosures. However I'd say the cats are more of a problem than the dog.... If I forget to close my bedroom door, my cat always flips my little'un onto her back! If anything the dog actually sits and protects the tortoises and chases the cats off if they do anything naughty! :lol:

 

I did contemplate a rescue one... but didn't want to take the risk with the animals I have already. The trouble is.... by getting them so young you don't quite know if they have any problems then either. :unsure2: The good thing is, she'll be 100% when she heals.... she'll have a bit of stiffness in the joint all her life, but that's a small price to pay I think. I've started the glucosamine and green lipped mussel supplements already... and she'll be on them for life now to keep her joints nice and supple.

 

I swear by both.... I 've got dodgy joints from doing years of gymnastics when I was younger. I really notice it if I stop taking them!

 

Oh.... and the assignments done.... I'm on a roll.  Just a final proofs read by my partner then it's off! :yay:



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:35 PM

Hi Kelly.... Does pup have a name... I had to smile at the 'green kip mussel' tablets cos my mum used to swear by them in years gone by ...
Every sympathy for pups bad knees.... I suffer badly.... I have had three ops on my knee in the last seven years and suffering again big style. I fear I may be going bionic soon!!!
What do you plan to do with your degree!!! X x x hugs x x



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:45 PM

My little pup is Maddie. :wub:  We love her to bits.

 

I run a playgroup for 2-5 year olds in a disadvantaged area of the city and have found that we've ended up specialising in providing help and support to the children with communication and language difficulties and behavioural problems..... and now get loads of referrals.

 

I'd love to specialise in this area, branch out and support the settings, children and families as part of the early years support team ..... that's my plan anyway. ;)



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:51 PM

I had to smile at the 'green kip mussel' tablets cos my mum used to swear by them in years gone by ...
Every sympathy for pups bad knees.... I suffer badly.... I have had three ops on my knee in the last seven years and suffering again big style. I fear I may be going bionic soon!!!
 

 

Did you take your Mum's advice? I swear by my supplements. ;)

 

Maddie's bionic now. She has three metal pins holding everything together!!! :ohmy: The vet said now is the best time for her operation because her bones are still growing and she'll heal well.... hopefully with not too many problems. ;)



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:49 PM

I am vegetarian Kelly so limited in what supplements I can take.,,, but my knee clicked slightly tonight so feeling much better... I work with disadvantaged families.... Drug, alcohol abuse and neglect. It is quite tricky at times... How is Maddie tonight x x x hugs x

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 06:25 AM

She's far to leapy and bouncy for my liking! :unsure2:  I keep having to tell her off when she forgets herself and tries to run around the garden. I feel horrible having to put her back in the crate, but it's for her own good........ for at least the first week.

 

She's got her vet check up on Thurs, so hopefully he'll tell me that I can start doing some gentle exercise with her again. I think all this rest is driving her insane!! ;)



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:39 PM

hi Kelly,

how's Maddie doing. :)



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:56 PM

The vet was really pleased with her this morning. He said she's healing well and using the leg, so now she can start going out for excruciatingly slow, 5 minute walks, 3 times a day to start building up the muscles around the joint. The vet said if I don't look silly walking her then I'm not walking her slow enough! :rofl:

 

She booked in for physiotherapy in a couple of weeks and then the vet will see her again next month to check how she's getting on. :)

 

The hardest part is stopping her from running and jumping around. I feel horrible not letting her play, so we have been having lots of cuddles in the evening in front of the telly instead! :wub:  



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:50 PM

that's good to hear Kelly. :)



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 06:49 PM

[quote name="Kelly" post="57604" timestamp="1371135360"]

The vet was really pleased with her this morning. He said she's healing well and using the leg, so now she can start going out for excruciatingly slow, 5 minute walks, 3 times a day to start building up the muscles around the joint. The vet said if I don't look silly walking her then I'm not walking her slow enough! :rofl:
 
That's what David thinks when he is out with me... Maybe pup and I can get together ... X x x hugs x




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