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MacGyver's Mom
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MacGyver is having surgery on his leg on Tuesday, and we've been told we should keep his activity level down for 3-4 weeks afterward. He's 10 months old, and I can't imagine how we're going to do that. He loves to play fetch and romp with his big brother (a Golden Retriever). Does anyone have any hints?
 

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An exercise pen (x-pen), a wire crate or some other type of way to limit his freedom.

By the way, you may want to avoid an x-pen if he likes to jump up and greet you. He may beg to be picked up.

Is this a back leg or foreleg surgery?
 

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MacGyver's Mom
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Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, he would be constantly jumping up to be picked up, so we'll probably use the crate more. We got steps for him to use for getting into the chair with us -- his favorite pasttime (other than playing) is to sit in a lap and look out the window.

It's his right front leg.
 

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Oh dear! That sounds like it's going to be challenging! I often think that if it hurts, the animal will stop doing it, but I suppose that there is still the risk he might push himself or accidentally do something too strenuous.

Sorry, I have no ideas here! Good luck and please let us know how MacGyver does next Tuesday!!
 

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Ouchie! Poor MacGyver getting surgery. :( What's wrong with his leggie? I hope he comes through the surgery just fine and listens to you about not getting too active on it!
 

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Technically, his ulna stopped growing but the radius kept going and is now bowed. It's pretty significant, and the orthopedist recommended surgery to try to prevent more serious problems later.
MacGyver looks very funny right now -- we had him groomed on Friday, and they trimmed him way down since he won't be able to be clipped again for a while. All his beautiful curls are gone (for now, anyway).:eek:
 

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Hopefully this surgery will do the trick .
It is so challenging to keep them tranquil even after surgery I think the best recomendation is what was already mentioned a crate . Also I would not leave him a laone for too long .
My friend left Tulip alone for just a few minutes and she was able to remove her sutures ..
Keep us updated as to how things are progressing
 

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Good luck with the surgery tomorrow. :) I actually think the recovery period is more difficult than the surgery itself. I agree, don't let him spend too much time by himself.

Please keep us posted.
 

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Good luck tomorrow, will MacGuyver be in a cast? I think most dogs are smart, they seem to know they need to rest. Keep us posted.
 

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MacGyver's had his surgery, and the vet reports he's recovering nicely. I can't wait to get him home. He will be in either a splint or cast, and we won't take our eyes off him! Fortunately he loves his crate and sleeps in it every night, so that's a help.
His big brother ( a 13 year old Golden) is missing him already!
 

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Samson & Delilah's Mom
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Good news, keep us posted on how he gets along.:)
 

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Hi MC Guyver
Cosmo and Ahnold say Hello and they are so happy to hear all went well . They hope he will be home soon to give you little snorts and ear lickies ..
Take care and keep us posted
 

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Yeah!! I'm happy for you to hear that MacGyver came through it all well. I hope he is home with you soon to snuggle up and get the love!
 

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We're picking MacGyver up at 1 pm this afternoon. They said he's doing great.
 
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