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I took Itzl to the vet this morning for a blood test and subcutaneous fluids - and made it to work this morning on time!

Below are a couple of pictures of Itzl at work. Given the angle of the shots, he looks like his old self again.

On Call

Back at Work

He's at that recuperation stage where he's fussy and nothing makes him totally happy.  If I'm holding him he wants down, if he's outside he wants in, if he's inside he wants out, if he's in one bed he wants the other one...

Convalescence is not easy.

He is (mostly) happy that he's home, and back at work again. Except when he's being all cranky because he feels well but not well enough.  He's starting to use his left leg, not to put weight on it, but more for steerage.  Since he was carrying it tucked up so high under his body he looked 3-legged, that's an improvement.

Once his blood tests show a normal BUN rate, he'll transition from ICU to physical therapy.

In the meantime, while I already had ramps for Xoco inside the house, I have the materials and equipment to build ramps in the steps outside the house.  It's treated cedar that I'll paint to match the house, and I have some coarse sand to mix with the top coat of paint to give traction on it.  I'm thinking I might paint teeny paw prints on the outside ramp so people know it's a dog ramp not a person ramp - if the narrowness doesn't clue them in first.

And I have to mow - again.  This winter was so mild I got no break from mowing this year, and the grass is already as tall as Xoco's shoulder (4"), and a bit too tall for Itzl's comfort.

I'll do that when I get home this afternoon.  It should be daylight long enough after work to mow on a weekday now.  

And I have pics of him with his shaved leg exposed.

Working Itzl

And look:  he's lowered his leg.  Sometimes, he even puts it all the way on the ground.

Itzl at Work

Originally posted to Noddy and Itzl on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 08:13 AM PST.

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