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Kaiju's Right Knee

Kaiju's Right Knee

We have found out the cause of Kaiju's slow recovery. He actually has had a fracture on the right knee all this time. Here is more info.

So the clinic not only dropped him (due to a careless maneuver of an already injured puppy) and fractured his right knee, but also did not find out with the first set of Xrays and the examinations that it was a fracture. As a result, they encouraged us to move him around while masking his pain with the pain medication. We did just that for 10 days, making the fracture even worse and therefore harder to fix, until they called us back for another set of X-rays. As far as I am concerned, those two very unfortunate errors broke our poor Kaiju.

We took him to an emergency room at the biggest animal hospital in the area, based to our vet's referral. We walked in with the X-ray pictures taken today at the clinic. I had never been at this hospital. It's huge. And it's set up just like a human hospital (I guess it's normal). It was clean, and everyone was very nice, but at the same time, a lot more business-like than our regular clinic.

Kaiju has been admitted and we'll wait for a call tomorrow morning from an orthopedic surgeon about more specific plans for him. We just hope that our vet clinic will do the right thing and cover all costs for the surgery, as wellas any cares/treatments necessary after-(long-after)ward, without making it difficult for us. We won't be covered by the insurance now for those problems, either, because this is a big fat pre-existing condition.

Tibial Tuberosity Avulsion Fracture

BY nobuko   Sat, 6 Mar 2010

Kaiju is finally putting some weight on the right hind (worse) leg. He keeps a lot more weight is on the left (less bad) leg at all times, so his body is contorted while walking. He also cannot keep walking for more than 20 seconds. He needs to sit down. He walks like an old dog. It makes us very sad. It has been 5+ days. The vet originally said he'd bounce back to normal in a few days. It does not look like the case.

What really is unfortunate is that his socialization progress seems to have been reverted. He is a lot more skittish with strangers. It's no wonder. He spends most of the day cooped up in his tiny gated area in our apartment, for 5 straight days (this is to restrict the use of affected leg). We used to take him out for at least an hour walk every day. Now it's just potty breaks and a little bit of stumbling around during the breaks. We keep him away from other dogs because we don't want him to get too excited. It is a major set back for a lot of things for which he made such good progresses in the past month and half.

It was 50+ degrees and sunny out today. We took Kaiju to the park and sat/walked around. We wanted to encourage him to use those bad legs so his muscles will stay flexible and strong. We also wanted to give him some mental stimulation. He'd been cooped up in the apartment all week, and probably was bored to death.  Outside on the grass and in the sun, Kaiju seemed happy smelling everything, biting into tree branches and pinecones, and sticking his nose into every hole he found.


BY paul   Mon, 1 Mar 2010

Nobuko and I are both so distraught right now... Kaiju was playing with his half-sister, Stella, at the dog park, when he suddenly sat down. It was obvious something was up... but, he was determined to keep playing. That's when we noticed him limping around. We immediately took action to keep him from over-exerting his injured left hind leg. It obviously was bothering him, but he seemed well enough to carefully ride it out the rest of the day (a Sunday) until the morning when we would take him to see his vet. The doctor said that it seemed his knee was a bit swollen, but that he was putting 'some' weight on it. It all led him to believe that some anti-inflammatory and some rest would do the trick... or at least to start with that, and we'll see how he progresses. After the diagnosis, he asked the vet technician to weigh him (having just turned 4 months old today, he just grows and grows).

... but that's when the unthinkable happened.

Just as the tech was putting him down, he squirmed, and she let him go and dropped him from maybe just below waist height, to the hard tiled floor! He let out a HUGE shiba scream... and now... well, now, his OTHER LEG IS EVEN WORSE,  probably because he was compensating for his originally injured leg on the landing. What a horrible, horrible turn of events... the poor guy can't walk at all right now, as both hind legs are injured. He's currently getting x-rayed... so we are just left hoping for the best. Nobuko and I stepped out of the office and just held each other tight.

mr. chunkyhead spends his 4 month birthday in a crate at the vets


x-rays came back negative... so the vet says it is most likely soft-tissue injuries to his rear knees. We were given some medication that will hopefully make him more comfortable, and we'll see how he does over the next day. What a morning this turned out to be.

UPDATE #2...

Kaiju is back with us now, but he can barely walk at all. Thankfully, he seems content just sleeping all day! We are hoping to see big improvements tomorrow. Hoping.

UPDATE #3...

10 days later we find out, it was fractured after all...

Pedigree commercial. Well done...

See more information on this video here. The style of this ad is extremely close to this Vitalic video, and the music is pretty bad compare to Vitalic, but hey, this one does have a beautiful Shiba Inu in it, so I call it a tie.

BY nobuko   Tue, 23 Feb 2010

Vet visit today. On the 1/8 visit, he was a little over 8 ponuds. On 1/27, he was 10 pounds. And today (4 weeks later), he is 13 pounds! He is a super growing puppy!

i am 8 pounds!

i am 13 pounds!

I just did a quick search on "KAIJU THE SHIBA INU" and look what came up.
I guess people think they can take advantage of his extreme cuteness! But did they have to steal his name too?
Just another example of why you should always get your puppy from a REPUTABLE BREEDER!

BY kaiju   Mon, 1 Feb 2010

My humans have been playing with me correctly these days. They throw a round object for me to go and fetch. When I come back with it, they give me treats. I don't really want to give it up sometimes. Because it's mine. But then I don't get to go grab it again, so I let them have it just temporarily.

BY nobuko   Thu, 28 Jan 2010

Kaiju wants to go up on sofa... and can't.... JFYI, eventually, we helped him up and he happily sat there with us for a while.

BY paul   Thu, 14 Jan 2010


Kaiju meets June 1

Kaiju meets June 2

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