We are now in Week 11 after R's CUE surgery (canine unicompartmental surgery). We feel that R's gait is quite variable. One day, he'll look "perfect" - as if he has no pain - and then the next day, he'll limp obviously. We try not to have our outlook vary with his limp! We just keep at the rehabilitation, helping him get stronger.
We were buoyed by our vet's opinion that he's doing better than any of the other CUE surgery patients she's seen before. She says that he's stronger and in less pain than the other patients at the same time in the recovery.
We still have a long way to go before he'll be living his normal life, which usually involves at least 30 minutes of trail running and one longish hike per day with some off-leash time to play with his sister. However, we can see that he'll be able to do those things in the foreseeable future, which is a great feeling!
Today I'm sharing a video of some of his rehab. He's turned into a Circus Dog with all the crazy tricks he's had to learn to do his rehab. You can watch it here or at Youtube.
You might remember that part of why I'm doing this chronicle of R's recovery is that I could find nothing on the web about dog owners' experiences after CUE surgery. I hope that my chronicle will help another dog owner someday!