Post-Op Update: Workin’ Hard, But Not Too Hard

Well, it’s been pretty well exactly 4 weeks since “I went under the knife”, which still gives me shivers just saying that. I’m doing pretty well, and if you’re following me on Facebook you’ve probably seen a bit of how I’m doing – but I wanted to write this post as an official update.

[Progress Video at Bottom]

I’m also getting a bit more freedom as time goes too, which is nice because at first I was going a little stir crazy! The first two weeks were pretty strict in the crate and play-pen, only to be allowed out for controlled exercises and stretches. Now I’m on more of a “room rest”, which is nice.

Kind of like going from solitary to regular jail cell.

It also means I get to spend less time in that dang stroller.

crusoe in the stroller

But, I would have had a much harder time if it wasn’t for all my fans who’ve been thinking about me and wishing me well, not to mention all the people who sent me get-well cards and little toys to keep my spirits high.

In fact, it’s been absolutely incredible and heartwarming to see the reaction from people…

crusoe dachshund receives fan mail

I always knew I had amazing fans but this is even more than what I ever could have expected! Especially when looking at some of the creative lengths people went to!

Just look how happy it made me! 🙂

You know what they say, “squeaking is good for the soul.

Or maybe I say that, but anyway, when I’m not squeaking I still need to find ways of entertaining myself.

I do a lot of snooping around the kitchen, including test-testing, criticizing, and making demands. Home-made coconut ice cream was my latest craving.

crusoe dachshund on crate rest

I watched a lot of the Olympics, which sparked the bright idea that I should become an Olympic swimmer one day.

dachshund swimmer

And my upcoming water therapy would be a perfect way to start training!

I also took up squirrel watching, since I can’t actually “chase them” just yet. So instead I’m studying their habits and routines, developing a comprehensive attack plan for the day I’ll be “released from the joint”.

dog with binoculars

I’m just counting down the days…

But between all the relaxing and squeaking at home, I’m taking my rehabilitation therapy quite seriously! I know a lot of other pups go through exactly what I’m going through as well, so hopefully my routine might help educate others to the possibilities and importance of rehabilitation following surgery or a disc episode.

Here’s what I’m doing:

  • At-home exercises and stretches, to keep the muscles working, strong, and flexible. Like any other part of the body, nerves heal when they’re stimulated and moved (appropriately), as opposed to just sitting dormant for months. Some people still advocate for 100% strict crate rest for two months, but this is somewhat old-school thinking. Don’t get me wrong – I still need plenty of rest and time to recuperate and any exercise needs to be fully controlled (no jumping, leashed, etc), but physical therapy is very important in helping to keep musculoskeletal strength and regenerating nerves. Even for humans nowadays, physical therapy starts immediately following back surgery. Always consult your vet though!

dachshund leg stretches

“Hey, watch what you’re pullin’ on back there!”

  • Electro-acupuncture, helps relax the muscles and alleviate pain so the body can heal easier.

electro acupuncture dachshund back

“I feel like frickin’ Frankenstein!”

  • Laser therapy, stimulates blood flow to the area to promote healing.

laser therapy dachshund back

“The only reason I’m so happy to do this is because Dad promised it would give me super-dog powers so I can join the X-Men.”

  • Water treadmill, works a whole bunch of muscles and stimulates the nerves in a variety of ways! (motor & sensory).

water treadmill dachshund back surgery physical therapy

“I don’t love swimming, but if it gets me to the Olympics, I’m willing to do it!”

So, let’s take a look at everything I’m doing and my progress in this video!

So things are going well, and I’ve come a long way from where I was just 4 weeks ago…

dachshund ivdd rehabilitation

Thankfully! Sheesh.

As much as this was a dreadful experience that I hope never occurs again, the unfortunate reality is that IVDD is a common issue for dachshunds. So I hope that out of this experience, perhaps I might educate pet owners out there to how to help avoid this, and some good options for care and rehabilitation if it does.

Things are finally starting to look up again. I’ll be going to visit my fans in Calgary come October as the final part of my No Bite is Right tour, I have a little trip planned in November, my 2017 calendar is now available and is bigger and better than ever, and fans are loving their new Keep Ballin’ t-shirts!

So thank you all so much, for all the support you’ve given in all these different ways.

This picture says it all.

squeaking good for the soul

“Keep ballin’,”

~ Crusoe

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27 Responses to Post-Op Update: Workin’ Hard, But Not Too Hard

  1. Where will you be appearing in Calgary? So glad to see how you are healing. Having experienced a ruptured disk and surgery myself, I sympathize with the pain and recovery. It is awesome to see pet parents invest such loving care in their fur baby.

  2. So very glad you doing well I have loved your book read it 4 times you make me smile that is such a gift for anyone thank you

  3. Wow, Crusoe, you are doing great! Seeing you doing so well brings a smile to my face. Keep it going and you’ll be chasing those squirrels in no time. Thanks to your mum and dad (and Drs. and PTs) for taking such good care of you!

    Eagerly awaiting your calendar and t-shirt…..

    • Love you Cruso! You bring so much joy to our lives. And you are very handsome. But you know that. I’m so glad to see you are doing so well since your surgery. ?

  4. I love watching you Crusoe. here in Virginia,we were extremely interested in your surgery and how well you have come thru it. Keep up the good work and making us smile. Love,love from,Cissy On Hurst Little One

  5. Does anyone know what kind/brand of harness Crusoe is wearing in the videos? My doxie is 3 years post op (fully recovered!) and I haven’t found a harness he can constantly wear.

    • You may be interested in a Hug-A-Dog Harness available from Dachshund Delights. All 10 of my dachshunds have worn these harnesses over the years and I use no other. They are custom made to you dogs measurements and are lightweight and very strong/secure.

  6. Thank You for your entertaining and informative update. One of your life’s missions is teaching others; you are doing it all very,very well, Crusoe. I am thrilled to see your progress and how you go about it. ‘Pace’ yourself a little more from now on, relax more; we will all understand and will always still be here for you – – whenever you feel like it. By the way, your little, yellow swim-cap is so cute! With lots of love and good thoughts to you and your family as you are healing, dear, sweet Crusoe.

  7. trouble and i love you we are going to buy your new book and trouble is writing a book from petstore to service dog she will send you a copy

  8. Our doxie Duke just had the same surgery two weeks ago! We were starting to lose hope but hearing your story has truly lifted our spirits! (And we all know what a spirit lifter YOU are!). We wish you the best and hope our Duke recovers as well!!!

  9. I am do very happy to see you getting better. My sister and I love your blog & videos. Hoping you can make a tour of the Midwest USA. Would just love to see you in person!! Take care & God bless you and your whole family

  10. Hello,

    Spoke to you on Instagram and you told me to come here for the exercises. Don’t see them listed or described anywhere. Can you help me?

  11. Caruso so glad you’re getting along better each day take it slow buddy slow wins the race sometimes speckles and joy and I think you’re awesome take care

  12. Hi Crusoe, you Superstar! I teared up (happy tears) a bit reading your latest wonderful news.
    My 16 year ols Doxie Heidi has recently recovered from sickness. Thanks to her wonderful Vets Dr Kato & Dr Davis at Kato Animal Hospital for sending us to VEC – the very best Emergency Vet Clinic in Toronto. I thought I was going to lose Heidi. My 18 year old Chihuahua Dory was confused when Heidi didn’t come home for a few days. I thought she had pancreatitis but it turned out to be an enlarged liver. After a few days I got to bring Heidi home with some heavy meds & wet food. Heidi slept so much. It was such a relief to have her home & see her cheeky personality come back. So I know how worried your wonderful parents felt when you were injured.
    Thank you for bringing attention to back problems, especially in Doxies. A very selfless thing to do for other Doxies parents.
    Keep ballin’, sweetheart!
    Tracy, Heidi & Dory

  13. Crusoe…! So glad you’re back ! Fred, and Moto send their most sincere congratulations. They are the second generation of Doxie’s at our household….and YOU are their idol. You all are “brothers of the wiener !” Never, ever, ever give up ! You are the best ! ! ! Fred and Moto believe so…! ! !

  14. Love love love you Crusoe from Savannah , Ga ! I wish you would come here ! I have a dachshund named Channing Tatum lol! Keep the videos coming!

  15. I’ve adored Calyso’s adventures – my boss got me hooked, and he doesn’t even like pets. I saw the recovery video tonight only tonight.

    We have five mini dachshunds – three longhair, two shorthair. One of ours has developed IVDD. We have managed to get him walking again three times without surgery. So I guess we’ve been lucky so far. We have only recently found the trigger – he is epileptic, and we believe muscular contractions in unobserved seizures have been been triggering the trauma in his mid-back.

    Your use of the balance board is wonderful, and I’m going to either make or buy one.

  16. Having had 9 back surgeries, I know what you went through and how you feel. Please take care as I am looking foward to see new adventures.

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