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    That crate doesn't look like he could comfortably stand up in it. Which is a guide - given most of them are roughly as wide as they are high, to whether he could lie down in it like he is on that pillow bed.

    You might be able to help him outside to pee if you organise a towel sling under his tummy tho it might take two of you to wield it. Anything that helps support his back end would be good.

    Otherwise - there are dog nappies called "belly bands" or ask the vet for some advice.

    Does not look like fun.

    do keep us updated - something like this could happen to any of us.

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    The crate I had my cattle dog in was 60cm by 91cm. I would just let him have a bit of time to recover from the immediate trauma. My cattle dog found her feet pretty quickly.

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    Looking at the crate, its too small for Nero, i think you are right. But it looks gorgeous, and clearly welcomed by your other dog lol

    OMG that p/c to the vet and hearing your dog screaming < THAT would of been a very low moment for you.

    There is another OMG moment coming, be prepared, when they take the bandage off. And you see the butchers job on the outside sutures, they dont go for pretty sutures at vets that heal fast and well, its like they let the vets 6yr old daughter stitch it up. Or pohms was!

    Hopefully he's being a good lad and taking his meds nicely for you. Unlike pohm who'd throw a fit to regurgitate her morphine.
    Speedy recovery Nero!

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    Hopefully the stitches will be good, on my dog they were perfect, but it was done by my good friend who is a perfectionist when it comes to surgery. I have had a situation where a young local vet did a very average suture job once on a small wound on one of my dogs. I could see my friend frowning as she took them out for me. They were hard to get out because of the bad job.

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    OK. First week in... the crate is big enough. It's 1m x 75 cm, the same size as his bed. He was just struggling to maneuver on soft surfaces and therefore wasn't game to try and get in.

    Last weekend the bandage came off, scary stuff. Everytime he accidentally looked at his leg he freaked out and needed a hug He had a nasty rash all over his leg which I think bothered him a lot more than the plate that was screwed into his bones. Go figure... As far as the sutures go... I don't really know enough about sewing to tell. But they look as if I had tried myself, so not pretty. Who cares as long as it heals ok. It doesn't look red or very swollen. So I take it that's good.

    Since then he has been getting better steadily. It's now 1 week and he is walking almost normal (!!) He is off his pain killers for a few days and it's getting more difficult to keep him calm. He really does not understand why he can't go for a walk just yet. Having said that, he is definitely not as strong as he thinks he is. After every bathroom - trip into the garden he sleeps for a few hours. So I get at least some work done here...

    With the bandage off he seemed to be more mobile right away, so he claimed his crate. And he must like it because he didn't want to come out anymore. I ended up shutting it. Not to stop him from leaving, but to stop Rox from squishing her way into it as well and cramping his space. But now he seems to feel a lot better and is not so sleepy anymore so he prefers to lie outside on the deck in a makeshift run. Fair enough... I can see him through the window.

    I'm starting to wonder how we can keep him quiet for five more weeks...

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    It is not easy, I went through it twice as often their other cruciate goes down the track. You just have to make sure that bone heals. You totally dont want anything fracturing around the screws and plate. It is pretty solid hardware but bones can fracture if there is a sudden load on them. An ortho friend once told me that one of his patients jumped off a couch because the owners got a bit lax and felt sorry for their dog and fractured the bone badly all around the screws and plate. The leg came very close to having to be amputated, he said it was his worst nightmare to try and repair the damage and save the leg. That story made me very careful!

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    Hi Margoo n your hero Nero
    This is lovely news. Ive been locked out of the forum as page wouldnt load, so wondering how Nero's op went. Really glad to hear that its over n done, and that he's off pain meds in one week. And weight baring. This is such a good positive in recovery. As weight baring will save the other ACL from busting with all weight on one leg.

    And i see you have changed your mind on your dogs being scarred for life. As Nero has claimed HIS crate, and other is trying to squish in also lol
    Dogs absolutely love crates! especially if you have 1 crate and 2 dogs!

    Now the pain is under control, this is where it gets tricky to keep dog 'resting', in ever increasing frustration for your dog. Who believes he can sky dive and you're being over protective mum.
    Well, mum's know best, so keep him rested.

    Good outcome so far!

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    Haha! I actually never said a crate will scar him for life. Just being locked up in one for 6 weeks would. I still stand by that But yes, he does like his crate... and so does Rox. Tomorrow it's back to the vet for the second cartrophen injection and to get his stitches out. I'll have to ask her how far he is allowed to walk - it would really help if I could at least take him to get the post or something. Doing a few laps in the garden isn't going to cut it much longer.

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    Be patient and be conservative. It really pays. My dog was able to get back into agility after 2 cruciate surgeries, but I took my time and took no risks, She was a super high drive dog and she coped and was definitely not scarred for life. Mu orthovets both were very strong on the conservative approach and allowing time to heal.

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    Sigh... order from the vet: It's healing great, but at least 4 more weeks of rest are in order. Nero is not amused. I have to watch him more closely now because he'll wait for the second when I turn my back to sneak out of the back door if he gets a chance. During the day he is in my office with me anyway. But at night when we're in the living area he is with us. We plastered the whole house with awful (but cheap) carpet pieces. They're truly awful 60s style red and brown, dusty and smelly pieces of carpet... the things you do for love!

    Rox isn't amused either. She hates our walks without Nero, some days I don't even bother and let her just hang around at home because I by myself am clearly not sufficient entertainment. If I don't watch her she'll run back home as soon as she gets a chance. She must be about the most atypical border collie on the planet.

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