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hozy 04-04-2014 01:46 PM

ACL Surgery one month ago
 
Our seven year old had ACL surgery a month ago and he still doesn't want to put weight on that side or when he does he kind of limps on it... I have noticed that when I take him out to go to the restroom he walks on it then and it doesn't seem to bother him,, it's just when he is inside .. Is it to soon for him to be walking on it like normal or should I be concerned about it??

K9POPPY 04-04-2014 01:53 PM

Acl recovery
 
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT MANY, MANY TIMES. Give it time, may take up to 6 weeks or more for the dog for full recovery- but it's always worth it- IMHO, BOB:):):)

hozy 04-04-2014 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by K9POPPY (Post 5324497)
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT MANY, MANY TIMES. Give it time, may take up to 6 weeks or more for the dog for full recovery- but it's always worth it- IMHO, BOB:):):)

Thanks for your reply,, I guess I am worrying to much ,, I feel bad for him, last year he had 2 surgeries for luxating patella and now acl .. He hasn't had much of a life with the long recovery times and restrictions.. i'm hoping he can get past this and not have any more problems...

Nigel 04-04-2014 02:08 PM

I'm gonna guess the recovery rate will depend on the dog and maybe which type of surgery was used. We decided to go with the TPLO and Ranger started using his leg right away. He limped of course, but gradually the limp has disappeared. We did surgery mid December and we are still keeping him leash restricted, though he seems healthy enough to run now. The odds of blowing out the other side are high unless you ease them back to full use of both legs. As long as the surgery went well, I'd take your time. Are you doing physical therapy with him?

hozy 04-04-2014 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Nigel (Post 5324545)
I'm gonna guess the recovery rate will depend on the dog and maybe which type of surgery was used. We decided to go with the TPLO and Ranger started using his leg right away. He limped of course, but gradually the limp has disappeared. We did surgery mid December and we are still keeping him leash restricted, though he seems healthy enough to run now. The odds of blowing out the other side are high unless you ease them back to full use of both legs. As long as the surgery went well, I'd take your time. Are you doing physical therapy with him?

No physical therapy yet, his Dr just says to keep him leash restricted,and restricted in the house also..

hozy 04-05-2014 04:09 PM

Thanks for the replies !!

Nigel 04-05-2014 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by hozy (Post 5324593)
No physical therapy yet, his Dr just says to keep him leash restricted,and restricted in the house also..

Our doc let us go for short walks up and down our street, can't recall at what week that started, wasn't long after the surgery. What type surgery did you go with?

hozy 04-05-2014 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Nigel (Post 5329977)
Our doc let us go for short walks up and down our street, can't recall at what week that started, wasn't long after the surgery. What type surgery did you go with?

He had the tight rope surgery.. The surgery went well.. I think I will call and ask about short walks.. I can tell that he misses walking.. We live near a park and it is the perfect place for him..

Nigel 04-05-2014 06:51 PM

Here's a recent thread with someone who did the tight rope, might be worth a look. Best to take it slow like you are. I think the PT would help once he is able to do so, I know it's made a difference with ours.

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...rgery-not.html

Gretchen 04-05-2014 07:50 PM

Our dog was 3 when she had a tplo, the end of March 2013. She did not bear full weight until mid of July 2013. She would toe tap on her surgical side. The ortho vet felt it should have been sooner, the end of June - so 3 months after surgery, you are only one month out. Keep your dog off the stairs and on controlled walks and you'll be OK.

Our dog was doing well in healing up until middle of December when she re-injured her surgical knee. Lots of exercise restriction but no surgery needed. Even though some minor inflammation in the knee, she is still bearing weight equally.


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