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Sad news in our house

Our sweet Logan, the most handsome dog every (in my opinion ), is in for a very rough winter and spring.

This past Wednesday he took off after a deer that was in our back yard. Somewhere between the house and the fence, he must have stepped in a rut, or slid in the mud and completely OBLITERATED his knee We went to an orthopedic specialist and she feels that surgery is the only option He is unable to put any weight on the leg at all. He destroyed his ligaments, injured the patella and the band around the knee. Soo... she cannot operate until the 27th. To make this as safe as possible for him, we are taking him for a teeth cleaning this Tuesday to get rid of any bacteria that might be in his mouth, and then will have his leg surgery next Monday.
I am so worried for this sweet boy. He has the best personality, he is so loved by his patients that he sees as a therapy dog. I pray that this hardship does not change him in any way.
I am also so upset that I need to shave him down. They will shave his leg, and his side for the pain patch. The specialist also suggested it since he has so much hair - that it would get in the way, and with him laying down so much for the recovery he will mat terribly. Also he is scheduled for physical therapy afterwards, which includes underwater treadmill, so a shorter coat will be best.

I so welcome any suggestions on how to help keep him calm, get him around, get him to potty - from people who have been through this.
We plan on keeping him in our puppy pen, so he has room to move, but not much. following is a picture of our sweet boy, and the puppy pen we will keep him in.
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post #2 of 154 (permalink) Old 01-18-2014, 08:17 AM
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I'm so sorry to hear this news. You are a strong, caring and knowledgable fur mom who will be an awesome caretaker for Logan, no doubt in my mind. Things won't be easy but you have a ton of support out there for you guys don't forget. Hair will grow back it's what's on the inside that counts, Logan will have his good days and bad but with you there there's no doubt he'll come back as sweet as he is now. Keep your chin up and take care of yourself too, he needs you! I don't have any advise in the recovery process but you know I'm here if you need anything!

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I'm sorry to hear that and wish you, Logan and the rest of your family the best

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I'm so sorry Logan is injured! The hair will grow back, it's good healing and comfort that's important. I wish you luck!

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Oh, I am so terribly sorry for you all, and especially for Logan; but it sounds as if you are incredibly experienced, Laurief. I have nursed a seriously sick Coton de Tulear for two years, but due to a very different set of circumstances. Boredom will probably be a big issue and very gentle shaping is a great way of exercising the brain without any physical straining - I found incredibly useful with Pamba, my Coton, and thinking up new things for her to work on became a game in itself for both of us, that could be controlled very carefully. It's also the best way gently to introduce any physiotherapy that you might be required to use. Please keep us all posted on Logan's Progress. I know you will get a mountain of support from everyone here.
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Oh no! Poor Logan, I hope he will have a really speedy recovery!! I remember when Chester broke his paw/leg, we kept him out of boredom by feeding him treats, snuggling, and helping him to wherever he wants to go. But Chester was only about 12 weeks old and was very playful. I don't know how it happened but he was running everywhere in his cast, playing fetch and getting around perfectly well. Your case is definitely worse, as Logan needs surgery. Hang in there!


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Oh no! I hope Logan has an easy recovery and does not drive you crazy while recovering.

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Poor baby I'm so sorry. I can see why it would be better to have a hair cut maybe not shaved but scissor cut down to about two inches. How long after surgery can they have a bath?

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Sorry to hear of impending surgery for Logan. CLeaning teeth is a good idea.
Please give him little head scratches for me.
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They are going to shave the whole leg for the surgery , and his side for the pain patch - Also with the water/treadmill physical therapy, if he is long it will be so hard to keep up. I am sure he will look funny for a while because I refuse to cut his ears or tail. He has the most magnificent tail, so I will never ever cut that. He is a sweetheart no matter how much hair he has
I Plan on cutting him down tonight in prep for his teeth cleaning Tuesday so I will try to take before and after pics.

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