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An Australian Shepherd recovering from Myxosarcoma. Badger (or “Mr B”) is a 9 year old Aussie Shepherd. He has lived with his two humans, James & Libby, for 18 months.

Day 30: What a milestone!

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I can’t quite believe it’s been 30 days, and wow, what a month! Apart from our own doggy dramas, we are also coping with the mind boggling fallout from the Corona Virus. On the positive side, I am “stuck” home with Badger so I’m do not have to worry about leaving him home alone. We also have a beautiful space to wander around so being confined is less of a challenge.

Badger and I went for his follow up appointment with his surgeon today. It was all very surreal as they collected him at the door wearing gloves and masks and I was not allowed in to see the surgeon face to face. We chatted by phone afterwards!

The good news is that MrB had his stitches out! YAY! He is still bandaged up, as you will see in the video, but after his next dressing change we can leave half of the bandages off. There is still an area of open wound that we will have to keep covered for another couple of weeks. The skin is regrowing, and his surgeon is happy with his progress.

The frustrating part is that he is still quite lethargic and showing pain when he gets up and down. You can see in the video that his back leg is still really stiff. When he stops, he starts curling, and that leg is on an awful angle. After watching a few of the physiotherapy rehabilitation videos (thanks Tripawds!) I have started doing some gently stretching and range of movement exercises. I think it is helping with the pain and stiffness. It’s much easier to move that stiff back leg now and he’s not so defensive when I touch him. He is definitely less jumpy. He is also showing a bit more interest in what’s happening around him. Sniffing the trees, giving visitors the hypnotic “FEED ME” stare, and warning us when someone walks by. It’s so good to see these little flashes of personality again. For the record, his treat of choice is cat food. Ha!

Nice to have a more positive report this time!! I hope the next 30 days get better and better.


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4 Comments

  1. benny55

    YAY FOR SRITCHES OUT AND YAAAAY FOR REGROWING SKIN!!! Sounds like maybe….just maybe….that improvements will continue! 😁😁😁’Bout time, right?
    And I hear what you’re seeing about his gait, but he actually looks pretty darn good all things considered!! I would think the incision area is still tender and feels kind of “tight” maybe?
    Keep up on any stretching, massaging, etc you can do at home.
    I remember Frankie’s Rehab Vet said to make sure I did the movements slowly and while supporting the leg underneath with my hand.. If he showed any tension, don’t push it. Now, his case was different as it was on one of his remaining back logs that had knee surgery , but I think still good feedback in general.

    Mr B looked engaged and alert on his little walkabout. He seemed to be enjoying himself and fully present in the moment. And I love how he’s doing some good “stretches” to get his car food trears. And he took them so politely and so gently.😊😥
    I cannot imagine how emotionally draining this haz been on you. -The patience and pawsitive attitude you have shown are to be admired. Mr B got so much extra spoilingk I don’t think he cares 😎
    Thanks for rhe update and sharing the good news! And we ALWAYS love pics and video of Warrior Mr B!
    Hugs
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    • badger

      Thanks Sally. His walking is definitely a lot better today, and yes, sniffing around more and seeming to enjoy it. I will keep on doing his movement and stretching exercises and hopefully get him to a Rehab specialist in the not too distant future.

  2. Gaurav Dash

    Hoping for Mr. B to make a quick recovery. He’s a strong boy and you love him so much. Thank you for doing so much for him

    • badger

      Thanks Gaurav Dash 🙂

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