|Purred: Mon May 27, '13 5:00am PST |
|Lucy Liu's giving me another challenge now. As you can see in the closeup photo of her right rear leg in her profile, she has developed a degree of toe contracture, resulting in her curling her toes under. She does bear a little weight on the right rear but because of the toe contracture, when she puts her foot down on the ground, her weight is on the tops of her toes instead of her pads. She has to do physical therapy to try to relax the joint on top of her right hind foot immediately behind the toes and also to help stretch the toes.
After Lucy gained freedom of the house, she would often lay at the foot of my bed. But then she had to have antibiotics after she developed an abscess under her chin. She also has to use either metal or glass dishes, the abscess started out as a reaction from eating out of a hard plastic food dish. Lucy hated having to take the antibiotics. She started avoiding me and resenting being restrained for her physical therapy although her therapy doesn't seem to cause her discomfort. I've tried scratching her neck, giving her treats and doing other things she likes during her therapy, to try to make the experience more positive for her. But when she sees me coming to get her for her therapy, and somehow she always knows!, she runs, hides, and does everything she can do to avoid me. Now she tends to spend alot of time hiding in her cave under the couch or in one of several other hiding places around the house and only comes out when I'm not in the same room with her.
I can't lock Lucy up in the crate again because she's getting so much beneficial exercise being loose in the house. If only she would somehow manage to straighten her toes even a bit on her own so her right rear pads would take even a little of her weight instead of the tops of her toes, she might be able to straighten her toes again naturally through exercise. So far though, she still needs the physical therapy. The vet felt that therapy would be the best option. The joint does loosen up and the toes do become a bit more flexible for a short time after each therapy session, so the foot is responding at least somewhat. How do I counteract Lucy's negative reaction, running, hiding etc? She was very loving and social with me until she had to take antibiotics twice a day for two weeks.
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