Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pre-surgery weekend

This weekend we've been doing some things around the house to get ready for Kahlua's surgery. We needed to make an area to confine her, make a sling to help pull her up from the floor, and then make a potty box to have on the patio for her. Firs up is the sling. I found a really cute sling online, but wanted to try to save some money and see if I could make something myself. I took some of my extra fleece and bought some vynal straps and sewed up this lovely little contraption. These next few pics are of the area we sectioned off to keep Kahlua. Her crate is too small to keep her in after a surgery and we wouldn't EVER be able to help get her out of the crate so we went with blocking off an area of the room we've already been keeping her. We put a painters tarp down to help keep the carpet clean. It was something that was recommended on the 'orthodog' blog on Yahoo. I've been reading the dogs get sick and make messes the first few days so this should help keep the cleanup to a minimum.. I hope..
While looking over things other people have done for their dogs after TPLO surgery I came accross someone who made a 'potty box'. Kevin had originally made a ramp to help her get down from the patio to the ground, but afterwards he wasn't feeling comfortable enough using the ramp. Kevin decided to make a 'potty box' for kahlua. We have it filled with 6 bags of dirt and we'll be putting grass over the top. Hopefully she won't have to use it for too long (cross your fingers) and will become strong enough to be able to use the ramp.

I got some floor rugs for her path from the room through the kitchen out to the patio, hopefully this will help her to have a safer walk when we need to take her outside.

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