Wow. Kaz's leg looks so much better. Days 4 and 5 Post TPLO made us feel much more optimistic. Even though we were reducing her heavy duty narcotics (Tramadol), she seemed to be in less pain. The swelling and bruising had gone down drastically. Her overall attitude seemed more normal. She started chewing her Nylabone again (one of her favorite activities) and acted more social and interested in what BJ and I were doing. She's had a better appetite and initiating her own potty breaks 2-3 times a day. It is such a relief to visually see her improving. Since the reduction of her pain pills, she seems to baby her bad leg a little more, but the vet reassures me that's a good thing, because she will be forced to be more cautious with that leg while it heals.
Still a lot of bruising and swelling on Day 4, but a noticeable difference from Day 3.
Look at the difference from Day 4 to Day 5. Drastic reduction in bruising and swelling. It almost looks like a completely new leg! She's still favoring it, but using it and putting weight on it when eating and going outside.
I had to go back to work on Monday, so BJ was in charge of taking care of her for the weekdays. He built her a couple walls for a pen. Since Kaz is afraid of pretty much everything, they need to serve more as a boundary marker than an actual barrier. She will most likely be too afraid to ever get too close to these walls.
Hopefully the healing keeps going as well as it has. It's been 5 days since surgery and we only have 5 more weeks of recovery...