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I'm so sorry for what you went through. It sounds like it was traumatic for you both, but Arlo is especially affected.
I don't have great advice for how to deal with his fear and trauma. But it might help to find a veterinary behaviorist sooner than later to get some tips about what you could do to help him get by this.
About his being protective of you - this I can relate to. I had a cycling accident a few years ago and had several broken ribs and two broken wrists (two casts). My then 10-year-old Golden became very protective of me, too, even with people she had known for years. She barked at anyone who approached me (even people she knew) and she put herself between me and anyone else until I spoke to them and she was confident that I was not at risk. As soon as I was well and healed, this behavior stopped. My guess is that this will be the case with Arlo, too. Right now, he is very focused on you, you both went through a lot, but my guess is that once some time goes by and once you are feeling better, he will ease up and relax. I don't think he loves anyone less - he is just more focused on you for the time being.
I hope you feel better soon and can get some professional help for helping your pup. Try to be confident and upbeat with him, as opposed to babying him, if you know what I mean. I don't mean to sound cold at all - but the more he feels you are good, he will be good. This will be hard while you are in so much pain, I know. Again, so sorry about the accident.
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