It’s been five months since my French Bulldog had IVDD surgery for Grade 5 IVDD with no DPS and this is our recovery story.
Another month has passed.
Aside from the first month, this one has probably been the hardest of all. In another sense, it has simultaneously been one of the best ones of all too.
First, we got out of town and took Albus’ on vacation with his best pup friend Tuck, the sweetest chocolate lab. It was nice to get Albus (and us!) out of the house and do something enjoyable. We do spend so much more time at home in this time simply because right now caring for Albus is really a full time job.
It was fun to get some time to relax and just hang out.
But unfortunately, we were still dealing with the foot sore issues. Only now the foot sore has gotten even worse. We really felt like we were turning the corner.
But because he has open sores, he bleeds, so we wrap his feet. One of his feet ended up getting infected and the infection basically disintegrated his skin so you can see some bone or tissue.
It’s really horrific. I really get down on myself because I feel like how can I let this happen? But it really is more difficult than it sounds.
Thankfully, I really feel like we’re going to get a hold on this now. We’ve got some great medicine that’s helping him and his leg is wrapped very well. He also continues to do laser therapy and acupuncture to help ease some of the pain he’s been feeling.
Since we began the new medicine he does seem to be doing much better and his wounds do seem to be healing much better.
Some people have asked if we’re getting him a wheelchair since it’s been five months since his surgery — my answer continues to be no. I think wheelchairs are great for paralyzed dogs but in my heart I know that Albus will walk again.
I already saw him walking and correctly at that. Our neurologist has gently mentioned that this may be as far as he comes but I know that he’s not walking right now because it hurts with his injured foot. I know once we get that under control, he will walk again. I have no doubts.
So I am hoping that with this new medicine and new technique for wrapping his feet, we are going to turn this very difficult corner and get him walking soon.
If you’d like to follow along and see Albus’ progress, you can follow him on Instagram @albusandweasley.