Mika - An Alaskan Malamute

Mika - An Alaskan Malamute
Mika watching a squirrel in our backyard. January 10, 2011

Mika is a Moonsong Malamute Rescue Dog

Please read the first two Blog posts (In the Blog Archive on January 21) for details about Mika's amazing "Miracle" rescue.

Note! Mika has been adopted. I will miss her.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

January 18, 2011 Mika gets her new knee operation

Early this morning we drove Mika to the Sun Valley Animal Center near Ketchum, Idaho where well respected Dr. Randy Acker will perform the knee operation she needs.  This procedure is a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy).  Here is a link to a web page that describes TPLO.

I will report that Mika moves around a lot in the back of the car, even when we have her constrained by a harness and anchor point.  She also made quite a bit of noise as we started out.  Eventually she settled down and slept for the last part of the trip.  When we arrived at the Animal Center it was icy and slick in the parking area.  Plus there were lots of dog smells Mika wanted to investigate.  We had a little tug-of-war for a few minutes getting her to pay attention to where we wanted to go.  As I mentioned before she is a really strong puller, especially when she smells something beyond the end of the leash she wants to get to.  Sometimes it is almost impossible to stop her even on dry ground let alone an icy parking lot.  She might make a great "Freight Puller" if you could get the right incentive in front of her.  And this is with a bad right rear leg!

We took her into the Animal Center about 9:30 AM and waited until about 4: PM for Mika to be ready to go home again.  We had drove around the Sun Valley area for awhile, had lunch at a restaurant in Ketchum, and visited an outdoor and pet supply shop before we went back to pick her up.  At the pet shop we bought her a new very tough felt "Whale shaped" toy to enjoy on the way back home.

Dr. Acker showed us x-rays and explained the operation and her recovery process.  As she walked out of the recovery room she was still pulling as always.  The photo below demonstrates this.  She also wanted to smell the dog smells in the parking lot again, but we controlled her activity and got her into the back of the Subaru station wagon.  She was generally more quiet on the way home.  Part of this is probably due to the various drugs, etc., she was given during surgery.

Inside the Animal Center

Mika "rushing" out of Holding Room after operation

Ready to go home

Mika's surgery scar

Mika with her new toy going home.

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