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Our sweet Logan, the most handsome dog every (in my opinion :bounce:), 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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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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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:hug: 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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wishing him the best, he couldn't be in better hands.
 

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Logan's Delaware Valley Havanese Club Friends send their love and wish him a speedy recovery. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.
:hug::hug::hug:
 

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Well, he is in good hands and he will be ok. Just give him lots of love, attention, cuddles, talking to him to keep his spirits up and maybe look into doggie massage or acupuncture as an adjunct (just a thought, not sure if warrented here).

As far as shaving him down and his recooperation period, well, once he is back in action as a therapy dog, he will have lots of stories to tell his humans, who can most likely relate to having injuries/illness/rehab stories and the humans will be able to empathize, offer extra love and support and also he will be a role model for dealing with adversity. Heck, you could even do a 'form letter' with an update to send to his therapy clients to let them know what is going on and they can root for him from afar. Dont underestimate the power of group dynamics and others rooting for somebody (or furbaby) on the mend :)

Good luck to you both!
 

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Let me know how I can help! Do you think Logan will want visitors? If you need an afternoon/day off -- call me and I'll come stay with him. I'll keep in touch.
 

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Oh Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear about Logan's injury. As one who has recently been through a similar situation, although without the surgery component, I feel so bad. It was very upsetting to see Tyler struggle during the first couple of days or so. In his case, I think the pain med, Tramadol, was making him worse than the bad knee and I took him off it immediately. He perked right up after that. I know it's going to be hard to keep Logan quiet after the surgery, but you will both get through it. I think his being shaved is the least of it right now, but I feel your pain on that too. You are right about the water therapy, especially during the winter months. No matter how much drying you do with a hair dryer before leaving rehab, it's never enough. They are always damp and it's important not to have the injured leg get cold. You will be amazed at how well he will do with rehab. It definitely makes a difference. Tyler is walking fine now, but I still don't allow him to use the stairs or his ramp because I don't trust him to not jump off them. Just a few minutes ago I went to pick him up in the backyard to bring him in and he decided to play keep away with me, running around the yard like a wildman. I get so frightened when he does it, but it doesn't seem to harm him at all.
Best of luck to Logan and if you want to pick my brain anytime, you can PM me and I will try to help. Do I see a home gym in Logan's future? Tyler and I are having a lot of fun with his new treadmill and he's getting the exercise he needs for his muscles. Take care and chin up. We're all here for you.:grouphug:
 

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OH NO! That poor baby! :( I know you are just sick about what happened to him. My heart goes out to you. I know how you feel about having to cut him down as I would feel the same way if it were Whimsy.You are a good Mom and he will get the best of care and be back up and around before you know it. His hair will grow back as pretty as ever! Keep us posted :)
 

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Oh Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear about Logan's injury. As one who has recently been through a similar situation, although without the surgery component, I feel so bad. It was very upsetting to see Tyler struggle during the first couple of days or so. In his case, I think the pain med, Tramadol, was making him worse than the bad knee and I took him off it immediately. He perked right up after that. I know it's going to be hard to keep Logan quiet after the surgery, but you will both get through it. I think his being shaved is the least of it right now, but I feel your pain on that too. You are right about the water therapy, especially during the winter months. No matter how much drying you do with a hair dryer before leaving rehab, it's never enough. They are always damp and it's important not to have the injured leg get cold. You will be amazed at how well he will do with rehab. It definitely makes a difference. Tyler is walking fine now, but I still don't allow him to use the stairs or his ramp because I don't trust him to not jump off them. Just a few minutes ago I went to pick him up in the backyard to bring him in and he decided to play keep away with me, running around the yard like a wildman. I get so frightened when he does it, but it doesn't seem to harm him at all.
Best of luck to Logan and if you want to pick my brain anytime, you can PM me and I will try to help. Do I see a home gym in Logan's future? Tyler and I are having a lot of fun with his new treadmill and he's getting the exercise he needs for his muscles. Take care and chin up. We're all here for you.:grouphug:
Oh, Laurief and Mary, if you can bear it, please do post your correspondence publicly, I know we'd all like to know what you are saying, how Logan is doing, and what advice you have, Mary - if that might be alright? Re Tramadol - I had the same experience with Pamba, my first Coton; she reacted dreadfully badly to it and I took her off it, with my vet's agreement, except when things were really really bad.
 

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That is interesting with Tramadol - Logan has been on it since Thursday am and has not problems. In fact it seems to be helping him considerable! I am so glad he is not having any reactions. The Orthopedic Surgeon said that he will be in horrible pain the first few days so he will have a pain patch but I am sure he will need Tramadol later on when he starts therapy.

He just got his shortie haircut and actually he looks really cute. Almost like a totally different dog. :)

Thanks for the support guys, I am sure that I will need all the advise I can get when the time comes. 10 1/2 years with Havanese, and this is our first injury/surgery that we have had to deal with .
 

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Really good if Tramadol is ok, it's certainly effective and useful. Watch out, as with any painkillers, for constipation - maybe ask the vet what's best in those circumstances, should they occur, just in case?
 
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