No ranting today I promise :0) Unfortunately though, Watson has had another mishap as some of you will know. In his usual puppy manner, he charged about whilst on a walk with the walker and has sprained his elbow. It was when Kev tried to take him for a walk and he couldn’t even make it past the main door without limping that we realised it wasn’t just a bruise. The vet told us he had sprained his elbow and gave us some anti inflammatory tablets and instructions to keep him rested for a week. He could go on a few walks per day but only on lead and absolutely no play dates. I was really upset at this because it is hard enough just now only feeding him pork & potatoes and not having his usual treats to play games with, but to deny him the play dates and off lead running that he loves was awful.
Thankfully my sadness didn’t last long as I found new ideas on how to entertain him – the best idea was to take him to new places on his walks. It could be anywhere as he wouldn’t need to run around, but being new it would have new smells and that wears dogs out as much if not more than running. We also found that he did like the kibble he was originally prescribed, but only as a treat. He wouldn’t eat it in a bowl either dry or with water but in games he will work for it. Out came the many boxes we save for this very thing :0)
I’m counting down the days now till we can resume normal activities and I think that will be this weekend. We couldn’t send him to daycare of course as although they could have put him on his own in a quiet room, he’d have seen all his pals and not been able to play with them. That would be like putting chocolate in front of me and asking me not to eat it! Torture! We did at first still send him with Andy but after 2 days Andy said that he was desperate to play with the other dogs and spent the whole time walking on his hind legs to try and get to them. Again, not really fair (we had originally thought it would be ok as at least he was walking). Thankfully there is a lovely new dog walker nearby and she has stepped in to take Watson on a 1-1 walk and that works out great as she can fill in when Andy is on holiday.
I’m so proud of Kev and I for sticking to the exclusion diet with Watson, but so far there has been zero improvement. Its only 2 weeks today though and the vet said there could be improvement week 2 to 4, but more likely week 4 – 6 would be the real difference. Every morning Watson attacks his paws and tries to pull the hair out. There are little cuts in between the pads poor thing. We are giving him the apoquel which definitely helps but it of course takes a while to take effect.
Oh, and my boy also got groomed this week but I’ll save that for another blog since I promised I wouldn’t rant! The photos are him sulking after his new cut, and then me trying to cheer him up.