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    I have one of my dogs going into surgery for a partial tear and I am consulting with our Dr this week. For those of you who had this done with your dog(s) what did you do for rehab after? and was there something you could have done different or wished you would have done? This is our first so Im looking for opinions and thoughts. I did some searching here to the surgery itself but wanted to hear some others point of view on the process of rehab.

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    Acl repair and recovery is unfortuntely all too regular.
    First your vet surgeon should be well versed in rehab and may suggest someone to help several weeks out for therapy.
    Second / lots of good material out there to read

    We have a dog going though Acl rehab right now. Grace is 5 weeks out.
    We are still walking her on lead and taking it slow
    We happen to live near Birmingham where a great repairman is. His advice to us was go slow and not rush. Grace was walking normal the day after and she thinks she is ready to go now but we still have the lead on.

    Follow the surgeons advice would be a good bet
    Good luck
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    Like Dave said of slow and don't take chances. All should end well if you don't get in a hurry.

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    I've done knee surgery unfortunately on 2 dogs. One was a pet, the other our hunt test/agility dog. All went fantastically. Listen closely to your vets suggestions. Just because your dog looks fine doesn't mean they are ready.

    Our first dog was cleared to swim before she was cleared to walk. We would get her in the water where she couldn't touch bottom and toss her bumper several times. We would do 3-4 sessions a day. The second dog (hunt/agility) had winter surgery. We got ok'd to take her for physical therapy. It was a bit expensive but do not regret it. She worked on "Pilates" balls, through ladders, and with an underwater treadmill. Her recovery went very smoothly. Her surgery was Oct, by Feb we were doing simple agility exercises, and by April she was back in full field training and competing in agility again.

    Rehab takes a minimum of 8 weeks. Then it's strengthening and conditioning.
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    While I second everything already said, I will add this. Let the dog, within reason, dictate the recovery pace. Conventional wisdom would dictate the younger the dog, the more aggressive you can (with a vet's guidance) proceed with the recovery plan.

    We have all heard the horror stories about recoveries gone wrong, so I will give you a ray of hope. My baby girl had her CCL torn for almost a year (bad vet misdiagnosed) and went through LSS at 12.5 years old. She was bearing weight after a day, doing stairs at a week, and cleared by the vet for full activity, including ducks, at 4 weeks. Pretty sure that's the exception though.
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    Thanks everyone for your input, greatly appreciated.
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    no advice, just good wishes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxs Mom View Post
    Listen closely to your vets suggestions. Just because your dog looks fine doesn't mean they are ready.
    This is the best advice you will receive. Do what they say when they say it. If you have questions, call them and ask. I've been through it 3 times and my dogs recovered 98% because I listened to the surgeons. Also, make sure the person doing the surgery is a surgeon and not just your local vet. You wouldn't ask your GP to do a heart by-pass. Make sure the surgeon is well versed in CCL surgeries.

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    Just a bit of an update, my dog is doing well and his surgery went good, he is home resting. Our Dr found a fairly large bone spur as well which was causing some of the discomfort which was removed. He had a partial tear and the knee tightened up nicely so here we are and he has a bit of arthritis. I have to do weekly shots of Cartrophen and if all goes well, we get the stitches out in a couple of weeks, for now lots of rest ....so this is Ozzy my other hunting buddy

    ozzy ccl.jpg

    and a photo of him I took while duck hunting a couple of seasons ago

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    Thanks again for all the advice
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    Going through TPLO recovery now. Surgery was done Monday, and we are following surgeon's advice. Rest for now, and only out for bathroom breaks. We do some stretches and then ice, 2x daily.
    After 2 weeks and he goes back in to have stitches removed, we can start short 5 minute walks.

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