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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckie View Post
    Good luck newfsie. Can I ask what surgery Katy is having?
    TPLO......99% sure she has torn her cruciate ligament, final diagnosis next week pre-surgery

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    Well lil is on day 3, and I think she is sorer than yesterday she is holding the leg out infront of her when she stands more now too. She dropped one of the med ( pain) today so that is probably why she is so sore, hope she starts to improve soon.....

    Her skin is inflamed, so have started putting some anti inflamatory, antibacterial cream on and it is starting to clear up. Cant win there, leave her naked and she scratches put the tshirt on and it rubs no matter how big it is....And have uped the icing after each time she goes out to the toilet and have started putting arnica cream on to help the pain and healing........

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    My girl had bilateral surgery and she came home with a big soft cast on each leg - Soft but stiff. I just had to cut the top of the cast where it was rubbing a little. I think from memory they stayed on for about 5-7 days. They were there just to give a bit of protection and support.

    Just be conservative and dont allow her to do too much. You need to allow everything to settle down and to heal. Have you got her crated or is she free ranging? I kept my dog pretty much well confined inh the beginning.

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    She had been free reining, the vet said just to keep her inside and seperate from our other dog, and only outside for toilet......but i think she was just wondering too much, so I have confined her into a pen we made out of a cot for most of today. And when let out she seems much better. I have also applied the arnica cream more frequent too.

    She is much better today, perkier in herself and her skin is not irritating her at all today......fingers crossed things keep looking up

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    My orthovet told me that it is common for dogs to be allowed to free range. However he told me that because I was look at trialing and competing with my dog that he would personally be a lot more conservative. He said that the surfaces where he had taken the bits of cartilage from need to resurface, form scar tissue and heal. This is more difficult if the dogs are allowed to do too much to early as the surfaces never get the opportunity to properly resurface. He also does the police dogs and had got one with ED back into work, so I figured he knew what he was talking about with regards to working dogs.

    I took him at his word and I was very focussed on my dogs rehab. It was a pain in the arse at times but I think that it had something to do with the favourable position that my dog is currently in despite having reletively large chunks removed from both elbows. People I knew in similar situations were out letting there dogs do as they pleased while I slugged it out with a high drive dog at a much slower pace. I also did a stack of swimming with her to burn that energy up and lots of obedience training to exercise her mind, benefits being is she is also a nice little obedience and potential Rally O dog.
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    I also think strict rest is a good idea, except for potty on leash....Be careful with arnica, it should not be anywhere near open areas. it is mainly meant for bruising.

    As soon as the sutures are out and the suture line is healed we will be swimming........Lots

    Icing is the best, there are some bache flower remedies for quicker healing that I will also use. And I always use T-touch and Bowen for everything with my horses and dogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I also think strict rest is a good idea, except for potty on leash....Be careful with arnica, it should not be anywhere near open areas. it is mainly meant for bruising.

    As soon as the sutures are out and the suture line is healed we will be swimming........Lots

    Icing is the best, there are some bache flower remedies for quicker healing that I will also use. And I always use T-touch and Bowen for everything with my horses and dogs

    Big hug to your pupster....
    Newfsie- Just check first with the swimming before the bone from the osteotomy is healed. I waited till the bone was knitted before I did much with my dog. But then I didnt do my swimming at a hydrotherapy centre where getting in and out of the water is going to be totally controlled. The period of bone healing is the real danger period for the TPLO dog. If things are going to go wrong this is the period. I was super conservative and potty walks were all I did for the first 6 weeks. She was back to full strength and competing in agility by 5 months so it didnt delay her rehab.
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    My vet said he does'nt alow pool swimming, but allows swimming from a beach...Slow walk on the beach in water and into water for swim. She will have a sling to control her walking and Katy has a life vest that she can use. It will be all very controlled
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    My vet said he does'nt alow pool swimming, but allows swimming from a beach...Slow walk on the beach in water and into water for swim. She will have a sling to control her walking and Katy has a life vest that she can use. It will be all very controlled
    Interesting how vets differ so much. The vets I know recommend starting in a controlled hydrotherapy situation - they suggest the water treadmill which can be moderated to suit the dog with a dog physio , so it is not swimming in a pool so to speak and to stay away from the beach because of unexpected waves, currents and uneven surfaces that you cant see and the possibility of other dogs that you cant control running up.

    My dog did her second cruciate at the beach when she hit a patch of soft sand in a gutter entering the water at a normal walk, so do be careful. I have spent years on the beach as a surfer and I wouldnt trust what was under the surface or even on the actual beach - can be very uneven with soft patches that you cant see untill you put your foot in them.

    I hit the beach at about 12 weeks post TPLO.

    Yes I know I am super conservative but I have 2 close friend who are orthovets and they scare me with a few disasters they have seen that happened in a blink of an eye.

    Flat, even surfaces are what you want particularly if the dog is toe tipping after the surgery. There is absolutely no rush, just let that bone knit together.
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    Sorry have to correct myself...this is a beach at Lake Hume No waves, no sandy patches.......Steady angle from no water to water. And she goes in initially with the sling.......The hydrotherapy does not fit Katy (the closest one in Albury. And she would have to be lifted in if she fit or step in...So we decided it was not suitable.

    Funny, I live so far from a beach with waves, I did not even think of that kinda beach
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