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    I did go back and read quite a bit (more than I wanted). I plan to take a lot of time walking and making sure my dog regains as much strength and muscle before going back to field training. It is helpful to know that the other knee can possibly tear and I won't wait for repair. So far, my dog has been an excellent patient. Since she is only two years old, I'm not in a hurry to push her before she is ready. She is such a good girl and wonderful field dog who deserves the best. thanks everyone for all the great info.

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    Do exactly what your surgeon told you to do. It might seem slow and boring, but honestly you don't want to rush it. Take advantage of the warm weather and swim the dog a LOT.
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    Dr. Comrie had Karma walk in the water....not swim for 5 weeks. Spent 3 weeks on a beach in Carabelle Florida...perfect water nice sand. Made it almost pleasant doing 2.5 miles a day of leash walking in water. That is after she spent 4 weeks in rehab in Michigan.

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    My 2 yr old YLM is in TPLO rehab right now. He's 3 months after surgery and doing well so far.
    My question is... who out there has a dog that has went through TPLO and has not had the other leg done? I keep hearing that once one leg has TPLO the other is coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VGEOinNTX View Post
    My 2 yr old YLM is in TPLO rehab right now. He's 3 months after surgery and doing well so far.
    My question is... who out there has a dog that has went through TPLO and has not had the other leg done? I keep hearing that once one leg has TPLO the other is coming.
    My dog blew an acl........we had "swivel-lock" surgery.

    I will be posting our experience.

    It will be 6 weeks this Tuesday.
    He has been swimming and walking and brief short straight runs started last week.

    I don't want to jump the gun, but Dr.s' Jeff & Nick Schuett may be on to something new.......that works.
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    Have a friend with a fairly young Lab who is recovering from the second ACL surgery. My friend did a huge amount of walking with the dog on the first recovery and is doing the same on the second. There is also massage, exercise at rehab, some swimming, etc. The dog has done really well. I saw something a while back that there was a possibility of a genetic test for Labs for this. Best wishes for a complete recovery for your dog.

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    After my dogs TPLO surgery I inquired with Dr Canapp with VOSM about swimming during rehab. He told me absolutley not. He explained to me that the way dogs kick when swimming is violent and hard on the knee. She did not have meniscus damage either btw. Just an FYI. I guess surgeons view swimming differently.

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    My surgeons ok'd it after at least 4 weeks. Yes they too said the way a dog kicks when they swim is an issue but the healing point after 4 weeks.

    We were going to take Quinn up north this week and discussed swimming and surgeon said no, she too soon after post op. But she did say she could wade in the water at below hock height. We opted to not go, or at least I am staying home with 3 dogs. Hubby is going with 1. Two of our girls are patients right now. We would have had to take 2 cars to get there. Quinn starts her PT on Thursday I am hoping. I will get confirmation today on her appointment.

    Three weeks today, she is barely limping. Ok dogs are stoic, but she is raring to go. It's hard to keep reminding yourself slow down when the dog isn't acting like there is an issue. Had 2 minor "oops" situations where we weren't paying close enough attention. One she hopped on our porch in one fell swoop, the other she popped onto the couch. She's quick. We have to be quicker and more diligent.
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    I have an hrch dog that it happened to at 1 year old. Also, broke that same leg had to have a IM screw and wrapped with titanium wire. She is almost 11 now.. She has a lot of arthritis but still hunts and won't miss a beat

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    Quote Originally Posted by dc73nova View Post
    After my dogs TPLO surgery I inquired with Dr Canapp with VOSM about swimming during rehab. He told me absolutley not. He explained to me that the way dogs kick when swimming is violent and hard on the knee. She did not have meniscus damage either btw. Just an FYI. I guess surgeons view swimming differently.
    Right on. The way it was explained to me when my girl was in rehab, some dogs kick while others use a bicycle stroke. #1 Bad, #2 good.

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