Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Friends - Mattie Update

It's been more than a week since Mattie got the stitches out of her leg and I am happy to report that she is doing very good.

It has been unseasonably cold here this week, which has aggravated her arthritis. But other than some stiffness, she has been getting around much easier and is no longer acting as if she is in pain.

We all feel like she dodged a bullet this past month. It was touch and go for awhile. Now we are inspecting her leg each morning and also looking for signs of other cysts forming, as they tend to abscess on her.

Her badly abscessed leg is no longer infected. It is red and a bit raw from the bandages but now that the bandages have been removed, it is healing quickly. The incision is completely closed and looks terrific - although it is the length of her entire leg.

Mattie is a foxhound. When used as hunting dogs, their average lifespan is only three years. When they live as part of a family, their average lifespan increases to eight years. Mattie is over ten years old. She is shown here with Eddie, the Jack Russell, keeping watch in the background.

When we built our house, we had wall-to-wall carpet installed so it would be easy for elderly dogs to get up. Hardwood tends to be slippery for elderly dogs.