Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Latest

Riley's next hock x-ray is next Tuesday.  I am very hopeful that it shows a healed fracture.  It will have been exactly 11 weeks of healing and no activity.  The fracture happened on July 26th... exactly three years after Travis died and that Riley ran her last race.  It sort of seems that good things don't happen close to home, but there might be something good happening in the universe.  I think next year I will sit home on July 26th and let the universe do its thing.
"My Kong is empty."

All in all, I think Riley is doing well.  I believe I see a little hitch in her walk, but I can make anything look lame if I stare at it long enough.  I have seen a couple of trot steps here and there and everything looks okay.  The cooler temperatures are making it more and more difficult to keep her calm.  I put a coat on her most mornings and nights just to help keep her cozy and calm, but she has had a couple of explosions.  She can spin three times on a four foot leash before you know what is happening. However, the good news is that none of her outbursts has caused any lameness.  She carries on like nothing happened.
Riley's feet are so rough from lack of wear.  She can scratch with those pads.  I finally gave her a pedicure.  Of course, I already do her nails once or twice a week, but I had to buff her pads to smooth them out... just for my own safety.
We are also doing cold laser or k-laser.  It is suggested that it encourages fractures to heal.  It just depends on who you ask.  Dr. G and Dr. C said it could not hurt, but that there were no studies proving it increased the speed of healing.  The price was right so I opted to give it a try since it is a painless, low stress treatment.  She has had six sessions.
Riley still works hard on her tricks most days.  I think we have defined them a little better now and we have added a new one I think you will all love.  It is very cute.

14 comments:

Jennifer said...

Fantastic!!!! Love "Bang" and "Bite" your hand, lol.

My greyhound Jack is currently undergoing laser treatment for an injured Iliopsoas muscle. Combined with passive stretching exercises, it seems to be helping a lot! Hope Riley is enjoying her laser too.

Jen

jet said...

hahah so cute when at first she thinks your 'bang' is just another 'pig nose' hehehe

Kini_pella said...

We use the "therapy laser" at my office, and see very good results! Even the staff will use it on their own limbs to reduce swelling. The most success is seen in older pets with arthritis...they already look a lot better/less stiff when they leave the appointment :). Not sure about bone fractures, but like they said, it can't hurt!

Two Greyhound Town said...

Wishing you wonderful results next week!

EVAinDC said...

Lucky dog! I wish somebody would file my gnarly paws ;) These sessions never fail to bring a smile and a giggle. Keep 'em coming.

Winnie said...

We'll be crossing claws (maybe I need a pedicure?) and fingers in this house for Riley's x-rays.

Love and licks, Winnie

gyeong said...

Too cute. I can just see the wheels turning when she doesn't get it right the first time.

houndstooth said...

That is just a huge amount of cuteness right there! I don't think there's anything that Riley can't learn to do. I love it when she bit the gun! Maybe she's born to be a police dog. :P

BrittBeah said...

I know it's been a long healing process, but I've really enjoyed her new tricks! So cute.

Muttsandaklutz said...

Looking good, Riley! Pig nose is so cute. All fingers and toes crossed here for the best of news next Tuesday.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Good luck for next Tuesday. Everything is crossed here.

Riley is so cute. Love the 'bite' trick:)

Kristin G. said...

Too cute! I really liked "pig nose," and the reluctant reaction to "bang." How very greyhound!! Riley is a very talented girl. I'm sure keeping her activity level low all this time hasn't been easy. I hope she gets the "ok" to return to normal activity very soon.

andrea said...

so cute (both of you!)

thinking best healed thoughts :)

drfrosty said...

Gorgeous - really made me laugh. What a great way of keeping her from being too bored whilst recuperating.