Post ACL Surgery
One of the most important post ACL surgery rehabilitative treatments that people need to be aware of is how crucial it is to confine their dog. As hard as it may be, your dog needs to be confined to an X-pen and not be allowed to jump up or play and run loose in the house.
Your beloved pet will be uncomfortable and not the happiest camper. Some of the things you can do to help them is entertain their mind instead of their body. There are games you can play with them that teaches them to use their muscles in their brains and not their muscles in their bodies.
You can play soft relaxing music to ease their anxiety. Their is all sorts of music designed with dogs in mind. You will need to use a cone on their head if they tend to lick the incision constantly. They hate it, we hate it, it is only temporary and in their best interest. Rubbing Traumeel Gel on their leg will help with healing and any pain. Be careful to avoid the incision area itself.
Your dog will need assistance in going outside to defecate or urinate. A towel sling under their belly will help greatly since they will not be able to squat very well. You will become a very important caregiver to your dog. They will look to you for comfort and company and the bond between you will only grow.
It does not matter whether it is a TPLO surgery or regular dog ACL surgery, canine cruciate surgery is a serious operation requiring the utmost in post surgical care. All it takes is one jump up to undo everything that was just done in the operating room. As difficult as it may be, your dog needs to be totally confined and always on a leash. Soft bedding and non-slip flooring and lots of TLC!
It is a very good practice to keep a record of all the days activities:
- this includes the feeding schedule
- potty breaks
- the time you take them out and for how long
- did they defecate or just urinate and were they straining
- were there any difficulties with relieving themselves
All of this helps should anything ever come up and you need to make a visit back to the vet for some unknown reason. In Chapter four of my ebook I go into great detail about all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to a canine cruciate operation. Having been through it so many times myself, I know what works, what doesn’t work and how to save money on the rehabilitation end of it all!
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