Friday, December 16, 2011

A Grand Day Out

What a busy day it has been.  This morning Luna visited the vet to check in.  The doctor was very impressed with her progress and was grinning from ear to ear.  She said we totally made her day.  :-)  The doctor's recommendation for the next step of recovery was hydro therapy.  We located a rehab place that had an underwater treadmill and got an appointment for this evening.

Luna did way better than I had expected.  I figured she would be terrified by the whole experience (and she was pretty freak out at first), but once the cheese treats came out she forgot her fear and focused on getting the food.

"Mmmm...cheese!"
Basket muzzle just in case she got scared.

"I'm liking this thing."
We did some work on her legs while she was lying down, worked her while she was standing on a peanut ball, used a laser to help the muscles, and tested out how she would do on the underwater treadmill.  At this time she is very good at standing and she really wants to move.  The problem is her flexer muscles in her left legs are not ready yet.  The underwater treadmill was no good since she couldn't step with her left legs so we will have to focus our rehab on those muscles while she is on dry land.

video


Her time at therapy showed me how much she has improved in just two weeks.  She can curl herself up into a ball, move herself so she is lying on her stomach, and stand on her own as long as she has the strength.  We have another physical therapy session scheduled for next week.  In the mean time, Mike and I have a lot of homework to keep us busy.

11 comments:

What Remains Now said...

Hurray for Luna! The water therapy sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing Luna's progress.

Hiking Hounds said...

All the therapy sounds great! I can't believe how she's improved. She's such a sweet girl.

Sue said...

Luna looks happy and it sounds like she is doing well.

Looking forward to reading more of her progress.

Sending hugs (((Luna)))

gyeong said...

Ah, the power of Cheese!

Declan said...

She's one lucky girl to have parents who take such good care of her! Deccy x

Two Greyhound Town said...

I'm so happy for all you! She's doing great!

Anonymous said...

This is a great report. Loved the video. Thank you for sharing.

terriknits said...

Luna, gorgeous girlie! I'm glad she's making such great progress. I lol'd at the exercise ball photo. I often (after a long day in front of the computer) drape myself over the ball both front and back to stretch the kinks out. Feels good.

Hiking Hounds said...

I've passed the Liebster Blog award on to you. You can pass it along or just enjoy receiving it. Come check it out. :-) I hope Luna is doing great.

Chris Molnar said...

So happy to see the improvement with Luna. She is one strong girl.

houndstooth said...

I've heard a lot of people raving about how much they like hydrotherapy for their dogs. We don't have anything like that here near us, and I'm so glad that you do have something like that near you! I'm betting she's going to keep making great progress!