Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Using the Atrac brace.

Got the brace yesterday! At first, Girlie was all excited to put it on. I think she thought it was a harness, like the kind you put on when we're going out for the day. I felt bad because clearly that wasn't the case. It took a bit to figure it all out.

There are two videos in particular that need watching. The first is what to do before you put it on. That does make your adjustment time amazingly quick. I was too impatient and just started putting it on. Then it took forever to get it right.

After that, there is the cute Jake video where Dr. Spatt puts it on his dog. It could use some editing, but when I got the actual brace, I realized the video was more helpful than I expected. Looking at it before you get your brace makes it seem a little awkward. However looking at it after you get it seemed much more helpful. Whatever. The point is that it's helpful.

Oh and yes, those are my comments there. :)

The #1 tip I recommend is what he says during the first 60 seconds about keeping the tether tight. That's the part I missed and that's the part that screwed me up to begin with. I couldn't figure out why mine wasn't fitting like his. Finally I watched the video again and that was the one thing I didn't do.

It's surprising how one tiny detail throws the entire thing off. The cuff kept falling off of her and I couldn't figure out why. I tightened it and it would fall. I twisted it around and it would fall. All that and it was due to a tether. DOH!

How is Girlie taking it, you ask? Well, let's just say she's been happier. lol! At first, she acted like a little old lady who was being all pitiful. She took baby steps like Tim Conway (Andrews) here. You only need to watch the first 30 seconds to see what I mean, but trust me, it's worth the whole time to watch.

ROFL!!! Gawd that man used to make me laugh until I cried.

Anyway, so Girlie walked like him until I said, "Better hurry, I think there's a kitty cat outside."

Now before I go on let me say that I wasn't teasing her. There is nearly always a kitty cat outside. I have a neighbor who is a really sweet well-intentioned woman, but she feeds the strays and they have multiplied... by the freaking thousands. The cats lounge around on her porch roof that faces my yard, as well as her main roof, and tease my dogs, who bask in pointlessly barking at them. I'm in the process of trying to trap them and take them to the shelter.

As I was saying, I told Girlie that there was a kitty cat outside and wild horses couldn't have stopped her. She flew to that back door. ROFL! I sure wish I had video taped it because that was HILARIOUS. Needless to say, she can move just fine. She's just acting like she's all pitiful right now.

She's getting lots of encouragement, love and treats.... just as always. <3 p="">
So far, it appears to be working pretty well. She is bearing weight on her leg, which she wasn't doing before. She walked exactly like Zep here, but her affected leg is her left one.

She still limps, but she can definitely walk on it. There are two sets of rods for the brace. One set bends more easily than the other set. When she is consistently bearing weight, then switch to the more stiff rods. We've not gotten there yet, but I'll keep you all updated.

God is good! The ever wonderful and adorable Russell Wilson (yes, the Super Bowl winning quarterback of the Seahawks) posted this on Twitter the other day. Enjoy and you have a blessed April Fools Day!
P.S. The Twitter widget doesn't seem to be working for me, but just click the link. You'll probably enjoy it. Cheers!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dogs and Knee Braces for cruciate injuries.

Well, it's unfortunate but I have a sweet dog that has torn her ACL. We're not sure how much it's torn, but it's torn none-the-less. I thought that because there is really little information on the web about this, that I would record how it goes.

There were three options given to us by the vet:

  1. Do nothing and hope that it heals; few do.
  2. Get a brace, which would eradicate pain, and hope that it heals; about 50/50 chance.
  3. Have surgery and hope that it doesn't happen again; some do.
Surgery is expensive. I know the surgeon, he used to actually be our vet, but his prices were very expensive so I had to switch to another vet. How ironic that we'd end up right back where we started. Maybe.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Weird searches 2

I call it the "Oh what's this? Click!" syndrome. The best example is when you go to Wikipedia to look up some small fact on lavender and two hours later you find yourself reading about the Nigerian Civil War of 1967. We've all done it, right?

So I started out reading about pH skin levels on dogs and next thing I know I'm searching online for soap molds and I don't even make soap!

Anyway, so out of pure curiosity, I wanted to see what these looked like:

Then I clicked it and voila!

Wait, what? It said on the previous page that there were 10. Where'd they go? You see? Weird search, or should I call that frustrating search? Maybe I shouldn't call these searches as much as glitches. Perhaps I'll change the name, next time.

Weird Search Results 1

You know, I search the web on a daily basis. I do a lot of product research before I make purchases too.Today's entry, will be the first. I've come across dozens of these weird search results over a period of time. I decided it was time to start sharing them.

So here we go!

My dog is sick and in a few minutes, I'll be heading out to buy some Pedialyte for her. This article at WebMD mentioned that there are some dog electrolyte replacement products so I thought I'd see if Petsmart carried it. The name of it is K9 Thirst Quencher. Looking for K9 will likely find too much so I typed in thirst. Here are the search results:

Since when did thirst have a synonym or a similar spelling of stairs? Huh?

In any case, I take it that they don't carry it.