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So I haven't done a Perry update in a while.
1) ACL - as you've seen in other posts, Perry has re-torn his ACL. I was taking him to an orthopedic vet in the US when we were home for Christmas anyway because of the injury during the summer where we saw 2 vets here in Kampala, both of which assured me that it wasn't the ACL, but which took 3 months of crate rest before he even started to use it... When we were in the US, I noticed that he was once again not using the leg - he was fine when he was walking, but when running around or going down stairs he wasn't using it at all. So, the vet visit was very timely. This time, with an orthopedic vet, she said that it was a tear and that the summer injury was as well (she could see some of the scar tissue on the xray). So, 2 more months of crate rest. Incidentally, she also mentioned that the right leg was also a little unsteady, so hopefully the crate rest will fix both - meaning that with rest they usually form enough scar tissue to stabilize them. She said that with the small ones (under 30 pounds) she didn't recommend surgery for a tear, but that if it happens again (3 strikes) then she'd want to do surgery on it. I'm hoping that we can avoid the surgery because it will be a logistic nightmare from here, especially since with the other leg also a bit unsteady, I can easily forsee the 2nd one going while the first is healing.
2) car sick - He's still getting car sick, though I'm getting better at not feeding him beforehand (like at all that day) if we need to travel. The last car sick meds the vet gave us did absolutely nothing, so we got different ones this time (basically over the counter dramamine and one other option). he was better this last trip, but still very drooly, so I don't think it's solved it. I'm starting to wonder if it's more anxiety (I've thought it was a mix of motion sick and anxiety) than it is motion sick and if we should try some anti-anxiety meds for traveling next.
3) Perry and my husband. So, as many of you know this has been an on-going issue as Perry has been afraid of my husband. My husband has also taken that very personally which has always been reflected in his reaction/ mood afterwards. Even though he's never been at all demonstrative about that (he internalizes), he mostly refused to believe me when I told him that Perry could sense how he was feeling and that he didn't understand the difference between 'I feel bad and this upsets me' and 'I'm a big scary person who hates the dog'. However, for other reasons, my husband on his own decided to stop letting Perry's reaction bother him... and surprise, surprise, Perry has basically stopped growling at him. He's still a little afraid, mostly if my husband looks at him, but he's been making his own little overtures toward my husband... going on the couch between the two of us on his own and sniffing my husband (Perry has a very strange habit of wanting to smell people's breath - it's partially how I tell if he trusts someone - is he trying to smell their breath). Yesterday he went as far as letting my husband pet him multiple times (all with my husband not looking at him), and even grumbled a few times when he stopped, until he started petting again.
I do expect that they'll be more setbacks in the future, but it's a few steps in the right direction.