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  • #68012

    GoldenMack
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    Hi all,
    have been away from here for a while – drop in from time to time to see how everyone and their furkids are doing.
    Well the update from us is that Mack needs TPLO on his other knee. We were warned 3 and half years ago that it was a possibility, and both Vet and Surgeon have been impressed by Mack since then.
    Anyway here we go again, 16/18 weeks with no off-lease. No jumping up, careful on stairs for first few weeks…
    Let’s say he is really putting the Golden into Golden retriever
    Please send him good thoughts and Karma for his op
    We are going for a nice beach hike and lots of swimming tonight as well as plenty of on the sofa privileges
    Than

  • #68013

    laurie
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    All paws crossed that surgery goes well and hoping for a speedy recovery although Ripley and I know that knee surgery takes awhile for recovery. Keep us posted as to his recovery.

  • #68015

    GoldenMack
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    Thanks Laurie!
    Here are some pics of him enjoying his last walk/run/swim/fun/sillyness until Mid December.
    Cheers

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  • #68022

    Mom2Maddie
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    Sorry to hear Mack needs another knee surgery. Sending lots of good thoughts out west for him. Hoping that the surgery goes well and the long recovery is uneventful.

    The pictures are great, he is such a good looking boy and obviously in his element in the water. How old is he now?

  • #68038

    GoldenMack
    Participant

    Hi – he is 5 and half now.
    I won’t post pics of his shaved back – just to say we have a fabulous surgeon (who phoned us at 9pm the night before the op to put our minds at ease), when we picked Mack up the surgeon spent a long time explaining to us what he did, what the prognosis was (good going forward thank goodness), how much arthritis Mack has and how we can approach it, spent a long time putting our minds at ease by going through the XRays (which he is sending to us so my son can have them for a future show and tell – how cool is that! )
    Mack is totally out of it – but we have the sofa upside down, ice packs at the ready, sling to take him outside, and we are all sitting around him watching a movie. Each time my wife leaves the room he tries to get up and whines – poor thing.
    Thanks again for all the kind wishes
    Now the 18 weeks begins..

  • #68039

    GoldenMack
    Participant

    Hi all
    He is five and half now and is safely back with us!
    I won’t post pics of his shaved back – just to say we have a fabulous surgeon (who phoned us at 9pm before the op to put our minds at ease), when we picked Mack up the surgeon spent a long time explaining to us what he did, what the prognosis was (good going forward thank goodness), how much arthritis Mack has and how we can approach it, spent a long time putting our minds at ease by going through the XRays (which he is sending to us so our boy can use them for a future show and tell – how cool is that!)
    He called us later that day at home to see how all was going, and the next day both his office and his own vets office called – we are so lucky to have these great professionals looking after him.
    Mack was totally out of it day one but coming back to himself – we have the sofa upside down, ice packs at the ready, sling to take him outside, and we are all sitting around him watching a movie. Each time my wife leaves the room he tries to get up and whines – poor thing. We take him out to the yard for five minute walks, we give him basic physio (move him legs whilst he lays down)
    The challenge has been the meds – he has worked out each of our tricks to get him to take the meds so far 🙁
    It is so great to have him home
    Thanks for all the kind wishes
    Now the 18 weeks begins…

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  • #68040

    GoldenMack
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    Here he is – chill in’!

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  • #68048

    Claudette Kinkade
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    He is in such good hands with you and your wife there to look after him. He doesn’t understand why he can’t go out and play. The pictures of him in the water are beautiful. A present at Christmas time for you and your wife will be Mack being able to be himself again. It is going to be a tough 16-18 weeks but everything you are doing is so well worth it, he is your furkid.

  • #68049

    GoldenMack
    Participant

    Thanks Claudette,
    yep it will be best Xmas gift ever.
    Cheers

  • #68052

    cheslyn1
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    Well fingers and paws crossed that this is the last surgery and he can be the active golden he wants to be forever—once those long 16-18 weeks are done.

  • #68055

    Mom2Maddie
    Participant

    Hoping the next 18 weeks go by quickly and without event for sweet Mack. I know it will be a challenge to keep him quiet during the recovery period but it will be a happy day when he gets the all clear to run and play again.

    Keep us posted on how he’s doing

  • #68056

    GoldenMack
    Participant

    Will keep you all posted – he now has had both knees done with TPLO – so unless he does a major injury he is set for life with these ops. He has arthritis, but looks to be hopefully manageable in the long run with diet, supplements etc.
    He is doing quite well – has already tried to put weight on his leg, his appetite is a little strange – on and off – but to be expected.
    Giving him his meds is a nightmare with all his allergies – started with putting the meds in steak, but he’d chew the steak and spit out the tablet 🙁
    Any suggestions much appreciated

    Thanks again

  • #68060

    Pat
    Participant

    Glad everything is going well….except the meds….can’t give you any suggestions as Carmel also became very good at spitting them out this past month. Did not matter what we used…hubby had to start giving them..the last thing we tried that worked for him..was wrapping well in a small piece of sandwich meat and putting it far back in her mouth..holding her mouth closed till she swallowed. Had been using peanut butter…but now she won’t even look at that.

    Hopefully the next 18 weeks will pass quickly and he will be able to get out and jump in the snow.

  • #68070

    laurie
    Participant

    So glad everything went good for Mack and may the next 18 weeks be pain free and easy breezy for Mack. I love the pictures of Mack in the water. Good luck and speedy recovery Mack .

  • #68073

    Lynne
    Participant

    So glad everything went well for Mack! I hope the next 16 to 18 weeks flies by for you guys! He is so handsome and will be good as new once the weeks are up.

    As for pills we find wrapping them up (like folding all sides in) in lunch meat works great for the cat. For Rylee we’ve always embedded it in cheese or meat without any issues. Sounds like Mack knows what you are up to – might be no way to fool him!

    I look forward to hearing updates on his progress!

  • #68077

    GoldenMack
    Participant

    Oh he is too smart for all our tricks.
    We have been crushing the tablets and mixing them – so far with Shepard’s Pie, pasta sauce, and Marmite – which have worked – although when he hears the crushing sounds you can tell he knows something is up 🙂
    More weight being placed upon the leg today, and he seems more himself thank goodness. One week in and 17 to go worse luck.
    Thanks for all the well wishes
    Cheers

  • #68082

    Mom2Maddie
    Participant

    Mack you be a good boy and continue to take your medicine. We’re thinking of you.

  • #68200

    laurie
    Participant

    Ripley and I are just wondering how Mack is doing? Keep us posted.

  • #68207

    GoldenMack
    Participant

    Thanks for thinking of him! He is soooooooo bored. The walks are way to short for him. We decided to take him in the car to somewhere different so that he could have a different place to walk. He spends most of his time in the play stance, barking and chatting up a storm, running around in circles on the carpet.
    He is due his check up XRays soon, he sees the vet regularly for cartophen shots, they are watching his weight very carefully and he is slowly dropping a few grams each visit (which is a good sign)

    Here is a pic of him looking very pensive and calm – it was a fast shutter speed LOL

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  • #68209

    GoldenMack
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    Oh, you’d never realize that he had the op the way he is placing his weight or walking. Although the leg is still fuzzy as the hair regrows – which means he gets lots of awwwwww and poor puppy when we meet people (boy does he suck up when that happens)
    If we have a visitor over he snuggles with them (even if they are not dog people 🙂 ) and makes them the centre of his attention

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  • #68211

    laurie
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    So glad that Mack is doing good and I know just what he is like when he meets people on your walks, they really do soak up the attention. Keep up the good work Mack you will be able to go for longer walks soon.

  • #68212

    laurie
    Participant

    Oh by the way that is a beautiful picture.

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