- What It’s Like During a Dog’s TPLO Surgery Recovery
- How to Help Your Dog Heal After ACL Surgery
- Dog ACL Surgery The Second Time Around
- What to Expect After Your Dog’s TPLO Surgery
- TPLO Surgery and Recovery to 12 Weeks – Luna
What It’s Like During a Dog’s TPLO Surgery RecoveryLuna is a Female 8. I knew something was wrong. I had to carry her outside to avoid steps and back in. A manual test showed she tore her Cruciate Ligament. Meanwhile Luna is limping around. She was given Rimadyl for inflammation. He did NOT recommend the Traditional way based on her weight and activity 65lbs. He was ready to do it right then but I was too devastated to drop her off just like that. Luna was looking at me and wanted to get out of there. She was tow touching the whole time. And she was getting older so I knew now was the best time to do it plus being Spring, I knew weather was going to be good and she would be ready for Summer. The drop off was the hardest part. I had a ton of questions to ask. When they took her she got lose from them, wagging her tail limping right back to me. I lost it. I assured her it was ok and told them I would walk with them to the back, they let me walk down the hallway with her and then it was goodbye for now. They would not allow me to see her. They said she was doing fine, they took her out to pee and was even toe touching the leg already!! But they let me see her and pick her up at Those stitches would have popped right out. Doctor said she did well, all went well, and she recovered nicely. They spent time with me going over care instructions and medications. This surgeon is able to do TPLO with his eyes closed, its quiet amazing. Luna looked so drowsy still commonbut amazingly she pooped in backyard which was great. Usually after surgery constipation is the most common problem but it was nice to see everything was working normally. She could not put her head down to relax. Everything seemed enhanced as if she was hearing fireworks looking around worried, looking stoned. I felt so bad but I found out it was the pain patch. It was sending too much morphine inside her. They told me to take it off. Go gentle and use vegetable oil when taking it off. I do believe its the only way to help dogs relieve pain of the surgery but hard to say after seeing that. Light Massages on the leg started after 3rd day starting from toe up to back and to neck to stimulate the leg muscles.
How to Help Your Dog Heal After ACL Surgery
If you are considering ACL surgery for your dog or have already booked the operation then you will want to have a profound understanding of what to expect during the recovery phase. Learn in detail what to expect during each phase of post-operative care to ensure a full, speedy, and uncomplicated recovery for your dog. Your dog is undergoing a complex and invasive surgery to his or her hind knee and you will need to severely limit activity, particularly all jumping after the operation. There is a lot that you can do to prepare your home so that your dog can enjoy a safe recovery period. You will need to confine your dog for the first several weeks after surgery. Choose a room that will become the recovery space. Use a baby gate to block off entrances to this room, remove all furniture that your dog is habituated to jumping on or off of. Create a comfortable dog bed, as your pet will be spending a lot of time resting. There should be food and water easily accessible in this space. If you are not going to be available for full time supervision you will need to have a crate in this room that is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in. The confinement room should also be comfortable for you, as you will be spending significant time in this space providing hands on comfort to your dog. The recovery room should have non-slip floor, any slipping and sliding could harm the joint that has recently been operated on. If your home is not carpeted, you can put yoga mats, throw rugs or any other temporary matting down to prevent your dog from slipping and sliding. You may want to have some puppy mats on the floor for the first few days in case your dog loses control of his or her bladder. A short leash should be easily accessible in this room so that you can take your dog for short controlled walks. Remember, your dog has been under anesthetic during a complex and invasive surgery and may appear disoriented when you initially greet him or her at the veterinary clinic: Be gentle and kind with your words and movements towards your dog. When you pick your dog up after surgery you will want to have a crate in the vehicle that you are driving to ensure that your dog is limited in movement during the drive home. The crate should be lined with blankets so that your dog does not slip and slide around. Your dog will need to wear a cone around the collar area of the neck to prevent him or her from licking the sutures or staples at the point of incision. This must be kept on at all times until the sutures are removed. Do not be alarmed if your dog does not have an appetite the first day and night home, this is common and you can trust that hunger will resume within 24 hours. Have water available for your dog in the recovery space that you have prepared, like food your dog may not drink much in the first 24 hours and you should not be alarmed. Even if your dog is not eating or drinking in the first 24 hours have water and food available in case this changes.
Dog ACL Surgery The Second Time Around
His first surgery was 18 months ago and the second about 1 year ago. Recovery went well in both cases, though he managed to break his fibula both times. In both cases, though, the fibula healed without any troubles. After the second surgery, he began dragging his toenails occasionally on both sides. Things were going well until about 6 months after the second surgery. At about 6 months, he developed a limp and more proprioceptive deficiencies. He drags his toenails occasionally on both sides and knuckles as well. The side of his second surgery is a little worse than the other side. These symptoms have increased and decreased over time, but never gone away. Perhaps pain and weakness associated with the surgery can cause these symptoms? Keep in touch with your community. Enter your email address to subscribe to our monthly newsletter. I have a dog that just went through a double TPLO and he does this as well, but only on one side. Usually if they are dragging the toes, it is one of two things, muscle weakness or nerve damage. To check for nerve damage, when the dog is standing, pick up their back foot just enough to turn it so the pads are up and the tops of the toes press against the ground. As soon as you let go, the dog should immediately pick the foot up and put the pads back down. If there is a delay, or if the dog stays knuckled over on that back foot, it usually means a nerve issue. You can probably You Tube a video on how to do this. Nerves take an average of 6 mos-1 year to heal if they are damaged, so if you are past that time, you may have something permanent or maybe even a different problem unrelated to surgery. That can cause coordination problems, and makes more sense if the dragging is on both back feet instead of just one. I would also get him tested for all the tick-borne diseases. Have you tried Rimadyl or any other anti-inflammatories? Do they help? They are good at hiding their pain!
What to Expect After Your Dog’s TPLO Surgery
Thank you for this post! I wish we would have made the sleeve for Klaus. So creative good tip! You gave great advice and it felt so nice to know someone else was going through this, too. And since you were a few weeks ahead, could tell me there was a light at the end of the tunnel!!! I also cried, too. My husband and I went out for breakfast after dropping Klaus off and it was a bit anxious as we thought about what Klaus was going through. We were SO grateful for the GingerLead. Lifting a 75lbs dog with a towel would never have worked. We also created a space in our living room AND bedroom to limit movement. The bedroom has always been his sleeping spot so he felt more comfortable sleeping night and afternoons there. We also did lots of brain games. He also only ate from a kong and another brain game while he was on rest. Helpful for an active dog who thought he was ready to go out to play well before the Vet gave an OK. My husband came home and I heard the scurry of nails on the wood floor. This happened a few times before we got hip to his tricks and modified the nest to keep him in. We love TC Rehab. They have been doing a great job with Klaus. We chose them partially on your recommendation but partially because they have evening hours-which we need with our work schedules. I am so excited the tips were helpful. Tell Klaus he will be running and playing soon. This is some great information, and I appreciate your advice to get any necessary recovery equipment for your dog before the surgery. Thanks again for sharing! If you can get the GingerLead, I highly recommend it. It saved our backs and make walking Hobbes easier. I really liked your tips to help me, and Bunter, deal with the surgery. One thing you mentioned that I really liked was to create a recovery space for my dog where he can go once the operation is complete. Thank you for the great tip! I am sure Bunter will enjoy his recovery place. I started a routine with Hobbes that each morning I would sit with him and do my meditation. It calmed both of us. Have a very successful recovery. Remember to take care of yourself too! Thanks for sharing your experience with your dog getting ACL surgery! Lillian, the GingerLead is worth it. Try to get it before surgery, so you can practice using it.