Lily in Recovery

Lily was in to the vet last Friday and we return again later this week.  The shoelaces have been replaced with stitches and staples to repair some internal tissue and close the wound.  There is a drain in her leg to allow it to seep.  With the amount of muscle missing there was no hope of repair, that cavity will heal with scar tissue now.    She will not have full potential of that leg but she’ll do just fine with what she does have.  

The healing of the wound is moving in the right direction and we’re keeping infection at bay so far.  She remains at the house with us for further recovery.  


When I took her for a walk this afternoon she headed toward the sheep paddock and prepared to jump the fence.  She’s not able to but in her mind she doesn’t know it yet.   

With Lily off duty we’re trying to convince the other dogs that they can stay on pasture with Oakley, Whiskey and the flock.  We think it’s Lily who drove them away before but are not sure if Whiskey was backing her up.  We have the opportunity to try and find out now. 


Ticks have begun to crawl about so from now on it will be a regular occurrence to check the dogs over.  We will treat them with repellent product if the ticks prove too much to keep up with by hand.


We completed a half mile of new pasture fence this weekend which limits the ewes to grazing on one quarter section.  This will aid in grass management and will ease the work of the guardian dogs.


6 comments:

  1. Lily is a brave girl. She isn't going to like being on limited duty in the future. Happy to hear that the leg is healing as well as can be expected.

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    1. She is antsy and mentally ready to run. Yet is so calm in the house.

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  2. So good to hear about Lily! The road is long to recovery, but you did not lose her or that leg. She may be somewhat limited, but if she continues to heal well, she may surprise you.

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    1. I think she will, she still tries to jump the fence, bad leg or no.

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  3. Do hope Lily is getting plenty of Vit C and E with E being put on wound as well. Did you ever discover exactly what attacked her,or she attacked and it was fighting back..Having nursed many sick dogs and cats,I know how dedicated you must be..

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    1. We never found out for sure what it was that she tangled with. Two days later there was a beaver in the wetland next to our yard and the dogs and I have encountered others.

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