One thing on top of another

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by reedysue, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. reedysue

    reedysue Registered User

    Nov 4, 2014
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    On top of having mum's 1st respite cancelled my dog has ruptured his cruciate ligament and will have to have specialised surgery to cut his shin bone and reposition it, it will mean at least 8 weeks in a crate only being allowed out to toilet.
     
  2. Dimpsy

    Dimpsy Registered User

    Sep 2, 2019
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    It never rains but it pours! I really hope you've got someone who can give you a big cuddle, sounds as if you could do with one right now.
    xx
     
  3. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

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    Oh dear Sue. How sad!.
     
  4. LynneMcV

    LynneMcV Volunteer Moderator

    May 9, 2012
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    I am so sorry that you have all this extra worry on top of an already stressful situation. I hope all goes as well as it can do.
     
  5. nellbelles

    nellbelles Volunteer Host

    Nov 6, 2008
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    Oh sue! Think about a dog play pen As well as the crate To restrain him
     
  6. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
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    That's hard on top of everything else, sorry Sue.
     
  7. Bunpoots

    Bunpoots Registered User

    Apr 1, 2016
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    Oh no. Poor doggy! I hope it’s not going to be as stressful as it sounds for you all.
     
  8. reedysue

    reedysue Registered User

    Nov 4, 2014
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    Thanks for all of your kind thoughts, I have now ordered a dog pen and brought his old crate on wheels in from the garage to get him used to it again, I will have to sleep in the sun room with him until he is allowed upstairs so I hope it does not get too cold, it could be 8 weeks, I also hope that mum does not keep walking around downstairs all night.
     
  9. jugglingmum

    jugglingmum Registered User

    Jan 5, 2014
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    So sorry to hear about doggy. Keeping an active dog confined for that long sounds hard.

    Could you get a second crate upstairs for night time (assuming he doesn't need night time toilet trips) although it might be too much to carry him up and down.
     
  10. reedysue

    reedysue Registered User

    Nov 4, 2014
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    I will speak to the vet and be advised by his opinion but I don't want to risk anything that would affect his recovery, he is only 6 years old.
     
  11. Jale

    Jale Registered User

    Jul 9, 2018
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    So sorry to hear about your dog's bad luck. One of my previous dogs managed to rupture both her cruciates (not at the same time) and she too was only allowed out to toilet on a lead. It is important that they don't do anything that will put pressure on the leg, no jumping, going upstairs, getting on furniture. I hope that the 8 weeks pass uneventfully for you and your dog
     
  12. Donkeyshere

    Donkeyshere Registered User

    May 25, 2016
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    My dog had these done on both knees within 8 weeks this year (she was 7 at the time) and the result is like having a puppy again, mine was crated for 6 weeks each time but I carried her upstairs and down in between. Dogs are very resiliant and within 2 days of the second knee was jumping around like Bambi (on a restraint!). I know you don't need this on respite care being cancelled, but end result for your dog will be worth it, take the dog to bed with you and put puppy pads down if you need to - they have an innate understanding of what is happening. I am sure it will be worth it and things will get better all round. X
     
  13. jugglingmum

    jugglingmum Registered User

    Jan 5, 2014
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    I was thinking of effectively transferring him from downstairs crate to upstairs crate assuming you think you can safely carry him upstairs. We had to keep our dog away from stairs for a bit -- dislocated hip 4 years ago - not confined to a crate and we got a stairgate at top and bottom, but carried her up over night (she has always slept in our room)
     
  14. reedysue

    reedysue Registered User

    Nov 4, 2014
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    Unfortunately although normally the sweetest dog, when he is hurt or stressed he turns into the dog from hell so carrying him upstairs is a not going to be an option, he also weighs 21kg. Taz has always slept in our bedroom too.
     
  15. jugglingmum

    jugglingmum Registered User

    Jan 5, 2014
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    If he's not going to let you carry him out of the crate, doesn't sound like an option, ours has always been very docile and trusting.
     

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