It finally happened. After nine weeks of X-rays and 11 vet appointments, my son got his cast taken off! The journey wasn’t easy or enjoyable, and I’m SO glad it’s over. Wynston appeared to become depressed toward the end of these nine weeks, so needless to say we were both ready to get back to normal life.
Wynston Got His Cast Off!
Dr. Beger at Oasis Animal Hospital took one more set of X-rays at Wynston’s last vet appointment. (Check out the previous X-rays here). I was amazed to see that his slight fracture from two weeks prior had healed up a considerable amount in that short period of time. Although I was disappointed a few weeks ago when I was told Wynston needed to keep his cast on, ultimately I’m glad we did it. It lead me to feel 100% confident in his recovery when he became free of his splint and bandages.
When Dr. Beger presented Wynston to me without his cast on at our vet visit, I was so relieved. His lack of bandages exposed a little bit of irritation from the tape, but that was normal. His foot wasn’t swollen and it looked great, which I was obviously incredibly pleased to see. Dr. Beger told me that he seemed to be walking normally on it, but lifted his foot when he sat down. Again, this behavior was to be expected. (On a side note, Wynston totally gave Dr. Beger kisses afterwards. It’s like he KNEW that she had taken good care of him)!
Since adjusting to regular life without a cast, every now and then I catch Wynston lifting his foot like a tripod again. Muscle atrophy is not unusual because he hasn’t used his foot or leg in nine weeks! He continued walking on three legs a lot when we initially got home from the vet, but a few days later it’s rare that he lifts it.
I still need to monitor Wynston’s activity for a couple of weeks. We cannot go on walks and I have to make sure he’s not jumping like a crazy man or playing to rough. Typically I don’t have a problem keeping Wyn low key, but sometimes I have to step in and be the fun police. We don’t need anymore fractures or displaced toes!
I’m super grateful to have Wynston back to being a healthy boy. The broken foot journey was a very interesting life experience and I’ve become much more educated because of it. We celebrated his amazing progress with some fun this weekend, so stay tuned for that post!
Thanks to all of our amazing readers and friends for supporting us and showing us love over the past couple of months. You all know how hard the situation was on me, and your kindness throughout the process meant the world. I love you all!