Ben had knee surgery yesterday. The doctor stabilized the knee, so it will not pop out of place anymore. He also repaired a torn ligament.
I picked Ben up this afternoon and brought him home. He is doing as well as could be expected. His leg hurts and he limps a lot. He also spends a good deal of time crying.
I took the above picture about 30 minutes after he took his pain medication, so he was in a good mood.
I put tie-down stations around the house and in the back yard. This will allow Ben to walk around, but prevents him from getting on furniture and from running.
The other dogs have been great with Ben. They each walked slowly up to Ben and sniffed him. They come and check on Ben from time to time and gently lick his face.
Ben’s brothers are all behaving well; however, Ben is not allowed to be unsupervised around any of them. I don’t want any of our other dogs to accidentally hurt Ben or to mess with Ben’s stitches.
I know the next few days are going to be hard on Ben, but his family loves him and we are all going to take great care of him.
Baby Ben’s knee is dislocated and he will need surgery to repair it. Apparently, the knee would pop out of place and then pop back into place. This explains why the regular veterinarian didn’t see it on the x-rays.
I took Ben to an orthopedic veterinarian, Dr. Newman, and he was able to diagnose the problem and said the only way to fix it was to surgically stabilize the knee.
Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday and then he will need six weeks of rehabilitation to ensure complete healing of the joint.
We are all praying for a quick and full recovery.
Joey is probably 9 or 10 years old. As a young dog, Joey would run for hours. However, that is no longer the case. Joey still runs, plays, and wrestles with his brothers. He just gets tired faster and needs more time to rest.
Joey may be an old dog, but he is still spunky. Like they say, you can’t keep a good dog down.
Joey and Buddy wrestling on the bed
A few months ago, Ben was playing and hurt his knee. I took him to the doctor several times. They examined his leg and took numerous x-rays.
It looks like Ben damaged a ligament. Luckily, it doesn’t appear to be completely torn. The doctor also found evidence of a bone spur.
Ben was prescribed two rounds of anti-inflammatory medication and pain medications. We tried various other treatments, but nothing worked. Ben is still limping and in obvious pain.
The doctor recommended putting Ben on strict bed rest for 6 to 8 weeks. If that doesn’t work, our only option will be surgery to fix his knee.
Enforcing strict bed rest at home is an imposable task, especially with four other dogs in the house. We decided the best thing for Ben was to let him stay at the veterinarian’s office.
I packed a duffle bag for Ben, so he could have his own bed, blanket, and his favorite dog food. It was sad to leave him, knowing he might not be coming home for two months. I felt like crying, but managed to hold back the tears.
This is going to be hard for Ben, his doggy brothers, and his family. However, it is the best thing for Ben. I look forward to the day when Ben comes home. I hope to watch him run and play with his brothers, without limping in pain.
We love you Baby Ben and we can’t wait to see you again.
The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment. – Robert Falcon Scott
A boy can learn a lot from a dog; obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down. – Robert Benchley
I told Blue it’s time for bed, so he grabbed his teddy bear and jumped onto the bed. How cute is that?
Buddy and his siblings had been abandoned as new born puppies. They were taken to a veterinarian hospital in Mobile, Alabama. The puppies received medical treatment and care until they were old enough to be adopted.
Gwen’s dog T-Bone had recently passed away and she missed having a canine companion. Arrangements were made for Buddy to be transported to Huntsville, Alabama.
Buddy has become a wonderful friend and companion to Gwen. He also gets along great with the other Thaler dogs. Buddy is friendly, caring, energetic, and intelligent. He is a wonderful dog and is loved by everyone.
Today, Buddy turns 3 years old. Of course we had a special doggy birthday cake and all of the dogs got a new toy.
Happy Birthday Buddy