The main purpose of this blog on homecare is to assist anyone who may be in the same situation. As I said yesterday, the key is to ask questions of post-op outcomes, check references and ensure there is a rehabilitation program in place. This was our attempt at home, and we did make some strides, but Grizzy never got up until he met my friends at Shaker Vet. They are now like family to Grizzy and us. I can never thank them enough. They saved his life as the suggestion of the surgeon was if he didn’t walk at four months he would not. Jenn, Kellie and Ken and the other members of the Shaker family proved him wrong. I continue to hear stories through channels of animals needing rehab and not being pointed in the right direction or understand the needs. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you ever have questions. We have to share our experiences to help our furry friends as they can’t talk for themselves.
As I look through pictures, I recall many nights of sleeping on the living room floor with Grizzy. He cried with anxiety, and almost every night like clockwork he used his bowels at 2 am. Grizzy is such a good boy; if he had a bowel movement, he felt bad. You could see it in his eyes. We probably went through 20 beds and comforters in 4 months. Taking care of him was very similar to a human quadriplegic. Toileting was constant, and you could not let him lie in it. There were some occurrences of urine “burn,” and it was painful to him. I found an excellent aloe spray wash shared below that is used for humans palliative care. Once I figured it out, I could manage it pretty well with quickness in clean up and use these products that were very reasonable in the purchase price. We also used the disposable pads/mats that you get in the hospital. It protected the beds somewhat, and it saved you on washing sheets and dog bed “life.” Each night or if I had to leave for a bit I lined his bed with at least 3 of them. Even if they claim a mattress is water resistant it is not. We bought $200 beds due to his size and comfort needs, and once they soiled long term, we had to throw them out due to the smell, or we donated them to the local shelter as the cages are outside and some of the dogs do not have beds at all. One thing I remember well is we could not go out for long periods of time. It might not be for everyone, but we were and are “Team Grizzy” so we adapted as needed. Because he could not move I had to roll him on his side, pull out the disposable mat(s), clean him and then flip him on his other side, clean and then re-line his bed with new disposable mat(s) and sometimes a new bed or comforter if it escaped the disposable pads. We developed quite a trust as you would a person that you care for in this capacity. He did not fight me, in fact the moment he went, he cried.
The cleaner line is great. The links are below as well as the disposable pads. I had a little trial and error, so I’d like to share it because it works great and works for people as well. 🙂 Aloe Vesta Perineal Cleanser. They also have skin protector cream and foam cleanser. The cream worked great to sooth any urine burns and prevented the skin from breaking down.
As you can see his canine family was very supportive too. His brother Sozzi (mastiff) and sister Maggie McPuppy (Bernice)