I spent the night on the floor with Kaz again and woke to a hungry, ready-to-go-outside pup. This morning she needed a little help getting started with eating. We started out with the bowl on the ground, close to her, then she managed to make it over to her stand and finish there.
After she ate, she made her way over to the front door to go outside. We are still working on a smooth bathroom break routine, but each day gets a little easier. Today, BJ held the sling in the back and I led her from the front with her leash. Our sticking points are the initial step out the door, then the first step onto the grass.
Once she decides she's going, however, she's going. She walked me all the way around the corner of the house to pee, then back to almost the front of the lawn to poo. Her bowel movement was a success - the first since she's returned from surgery. This was a big enough adventure that she immediately went back inside to sleep.
I had to head back to work today, so BJ took care of her for most of the day. He caught her licking her right leg, so we had to break out the "travel pillow of shame" (inflatable e-collar). We'll have her wear that now any time we aren't in the same room with her. Sorry Kaz.
BJ said she was acting like her old self all day today - demanding to be petted. She even initiated another trip outside, just for the scenery though. He gave her a sedative around noon when he needed to leave for a meeting. It knocked her out for a good few hours.
When I got home around 6pm, she was ready for dinner, but she was noticeably more tired and stiff looking. I don't think she could stand for a long enough time period to eat from her stand or even her bowl. She tried to eat standing up from the bowl on the ground, but gave up after one bite and laid down. I hand fed her tonight.
She seems to be absolutely exhausted by about 7pm. Her eyes are red and droopy and she hardly moves around at all. It seems like it takes all her remaining energy to get back into bed after dinner.
WINS: Her walk is already looking better than before the surgery. It's looking better each day (at least in the morning).
CONCERNS: She puts all her body weight on the bad, right leg when she lays down. She'll sleep for hours on it. I worry that's too much weight, but then I convince myself that she wouldn't do that if it hurt. Both her legs look more swollen today and there is a fluid sac starting to form around her right ankle. Apparently both of these things are normal, but it's still a bit disconcerting. We also occasionally hear a little clicking noise, but that happened with the last TPLO as well.