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    On the long road to recovery with my 2 yr old CBR after ACL surgery. What kind of conditioning did you do after being on leash for 3 months. I have a big fast girl and don't want to rush getting back in the field. I have nightmares of her going for a mark and coming back lame.

    I was thinking of doing a lot of swimming but no long marks until the 6 month mark.

    Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated. I am aware that the other one could go at any time.

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    Been there done that....will be again soon. Our lab is one week post op knee #2.

    If you can afford it, I highly recommend going to a physical therapist. They kept tabs on Quinn's muscle progress post op and made work recommendations and what we should still limit. We went weekly, and plan to go again once off crate rest.

    Big thing start back slowly, and avoid quick turns until the muscle gets strong. Swimming is excellent. With my first knee dog it was summer, so I took her into the lake where she couldn't touch bottom, let her swim out and back 15-20 not too long retrieves an hour to hour and a half. You do not want them leaping in the water. We also walked slowly increasing on a weekly basis until handling miles at a time. And I forget what eek we were at when they suggested biking. Strong trots on fairly straight lines.

    Doing "maneuvers" is good that's obedience for "heel" and "here" getting them to move their back end in and out. Walking backwards too.

    At PT we did walking forward and backwards through raised PVC, underwater treadmills, wobble boards lots off things of this nature.

    Quinn had her first surgery early Oct (2 years ago) and was back competing in agility in April. Also started her field training again. We waited on that a bit longer for field work as she is a hard charger and we wanted STRONG before she'd run, brake fast, and turn.
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    Any QAA dogs that went through this???

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    Yes, plenty of FC's have also. What Ann has said is similar to what others (me included) have done. I also have a pool and would do Ann's lake drill's in the pool with the dog, but I would not let the dog jump into the pool.

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    Just take it slow. If you can get to an under water treadmill I think it is beneficial just for the sake of professional eyes on your dog. I've been through it with mine, his was from an injury before aging out of the derby. He was running the Q less than a year later but physically he was good to go by 6 months. Surgery was November 2012 and he is going strong, knock on wood.

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    My AFC Dude was on lead about 30 days. We did one rehab session, learned the stretches needed & decided swims would be most beneficial, as opposed to treadmill work - along with the stretches. We began multiple long swims (300-400 yds) with NO land in and outs. Dude was always a good water dog & proficient with blinds so we did 4-5 long blinds, twice per day. I would walk Dude into the water and send him from neck deep & stop him at the same point each time. After 60 days of progressing in the water & long on-lead land walks (some on side hills with the injured leg downhill), I began jogging with Dude on lead, up & down my road (dirt). Then we started land work in addition to the swims, progressing to normal training. We entered our 1st trial approx. 5-6 months after the surgery, finishing with a JAM, 2 wks later a 2nd & the following week a win. No issues since & some 5 yrs later Dude is semi-retired & still doing well.

    Note: We did examines with Dr. Melton in Birmingham 2 wks post-surgery, 60 days & 90 days & were released for unrestricted activity thereafter. Doc seemed most interested in flexibility in the joint which was always excellent.
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    Glad you had a good outcome with your dog.

    This is what I was looking for. We are on the lake and I wanted to use swimming as part of her recovery. My surgeon released her for walks in the water starting on Tues. and we will wait a couple weeks before we swim her. So far, everything is going well. Just hoping we won't have the other knee blow out.

    Thanks Dave for this info.

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    We had BLM that ACL blow out & we had TPLO. He was running FT when this happened. Basically we rehab him for 12 months by following Orthopedic Dr's recommendation + we took longer doing rehab as we wanted to be sure that his muscles had a chance to strengthen. Lots of swimming. Bottom line he went on to get his FTCH title & HRCH title post surgery. His other knee blew out after 2 yrs. 80% of the time if you keep campaigning dog after ACL tear the other leg will go out.We had 2nd TPLO done & ran hunt test & let him enjoy his Sr yrs. He lived to be 13 + yrs. Good luck

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    Stay in the water as much as possible. Swimming is one of the best rehab a dog can do post-op with something like a TPLA or TTA for that torn CCL. It will allow strengthening of the limb, and keeps it very low stress for the most part. Just make sure to ease into it and don't just jump right back to where y'all were at.

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    There is a lot of information on this site cumulative over several years for post op TPLO care including one on my own dog. While swimming is non weight bearing it is hardly passive, just watch the limb movement in clear water and if the joint is painful it is likely and possible that the dog will guard the affected limb while swimming. Not so with leash walking which necessitates the use of all four limbs and do not forget warmup before and icing after post surgical exercise.

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