Injured Dog in the City 🤕
When we took Jordi to the vet for his first visit, we decided to get Lucy's leg checked out too. The vet told us she actually had a partial tear in her ACL. This is pretty common with big dogs who are sporadically active and frequently reckless like Lucy is.
Of course we got home from the vet, and googled right away. This just took us to a bunch of stories of other dogs who had the same injury, got surgery and had a bunch of complications--no online story seemed to end well.
Still, the vet assured us that if we kept her under strict rest, scar tissue would grow, and she would be back to normal in a few weeks.
So we kept her under strict-(ish) rest, and after a few weeks brought her back out on a longer walk because we thought we were in the clear. It turned out to be a bad idea. Lucy tore her other ACL :(
This is very common. When one ACL tears, the dog shifts weight to the other leg, putting way more pressure than usual there. So there's a ton of excess stress, which leads to more injury.
Then we had to put Lucy back on rest. This time strict rest for real. We understood that this was the best thing fir her, but we were growing impatient. I mean, there must be something to be done. It's so sad seeing your one year old pup stuck inside. We were worried that Lucy was bored, or jealous that we were still taking Jordi out for his regular play and exercise while she was just at home alone.
In hindsight, most of this was probably just me projecting my own feelings. Lucy was still happy. But I wanted to find a way that I could help her get stronger faster.
That's when I found Martial Arfs - a dog gym that helps you work on your dogs fitness, training and agility. Ideally I was looking for a place with a pool that would give her low impact exercise to keep her entertained, as well as somewhere that had experience with dogs who had ACL injuries.
Lucy's fitness regimen at Martial Arfs didn't turn out the way I imagined it, but is still amazing! I'll go more into detail in another post.