So you read the title and you think, weight gain, sure, maybe a pound, right? Two at the most. Well, listen to this, Sweetheart has gained 3.4 pounds in that many days. We got her to the vet Friday at 11:30 a.m. and she weighed 31.4 pounds. Today at 4:45 p.m. she weighed 34.8 pounds! Truly amazing. I am still smiling at that one. Today was the first day Dr. Kolar felt comfortable allowing her to eat as much dry as she could and at 5 p.m. she was on her third bowl of dry dog food (in addition to the canned she got this morning) and was eating that as we were chatting with him. She is no longer wolfing her food like a starving dog either but savoring it. She is also drinking plenty of water as the picture below can attest to.
|All this eating makes a girl thirsty|
When Les ( my husband and our greyhound's loyal servant) and I got to her crate she again wagged and wagged her little rope of a tail. We opened the crate and petted her. After posing for a few photos, she got up and wanted to walk around. I scooped her up and weighed her (see above) and then sat with her in the lobby. She stood quietly the whole time while people were coming and going and Les was taking her picture. She let us pet and fuss over her like it was just a normal day for her. She is just the most alert and yet laid back grey there is. If you were to just look at her face you would never in a million years know that she was in such terrible physical condition. Her eyes just shine and she is eager to stroll around and take in all there is to see. She is truly an amazing little girl.
|Have you seen a more beautiful face?|
After we made a fuss over her, I walked her back down the hallway towards the crate room. She was checking out all the open doorways and the smells on the floor. When she saw Dr. Kolar's resident office cat Lightening she perked up and started checking him out. He weighs about 16 pounds and I am sure she was thinking how tasty he must taste. :) Through it all she was walking on all four legs and putting just a little less pressure on her hurt one (check out her snazzy red bandage).
She got back in her crate and sipped some water when I closed her door. We left her to eat and relax. I talked to Dr. Kolar and asked him some of questions that you guys have been wanting to know so listen up!
He has not done blood work yet because she was so loaded with fleas that he is waiting for her counts to go up. He will be doing blood work as soon as he feels she is ready. He will most likely give her her regular vaccinations tomorrow or in the next couple of days. Dr. Kolar said that if she didn't have this wound on her leg she is doing so well she could come home in the next few days. However, the leg needs to be wrapped for three days between dressing changes. He wants to be able to get through 2-3 dressing changes before I take her home. Then I will need to take her in every three days for a dressing change until he feels we can go down to one dressing change a week. She has good blood flow to her paw when he wrapped the leg so he sees no reason why she would lose her leg unless some infection pops up later in her recovery. Dr. Kolar and their staff are amazed at her spirit and at her remarkable progress. Keep thinking of her and spreading the word about this neat little girl.
|Just looking at her face you would never know anything was wrong.|
I want to thank everyone who are officially following her blog and for those of you who may not have registered as a Sweetheart follower. We have had so much outpouring of support for her via the blog, emails and phone calls. I am so touched by how many greyt people are out there. One person may have caused this but 100s, if not 1,000s will cheer her into a full recovery. Thanks again everyone!!
|Typical haughty greyhound look when they are being crated!|