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We hit a milestone this week! After TPLO on 12/21, she was released this week to "resume normal activity"... Normal activity for her- is not normal activity for your average pet dog th ough.:) But- that gave us permission to start with retrieves in the water. We walk down to the end of property and then throw in the water. Shes crisp on her FF still, after 3 mos w/o anything, and ready to get back to it! I'm reluctant to throw her right back in but instead am going to continue with water retrieves to build muscle and then gradually, return to some land work.
Any suggestions from those who've done this, how we go about "more" and when"?
I dont know whose happier , her or me- its been really rough on both of us keeping her in the crate all this time with only on leash potties, and walks..... can you say Stir Crazy?
 

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We started with that at the 8 week mark( surgeon approved). I'm going easy on her...
 

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Get your hip boots on and wade out in the water tons of singles or a large tune up drill. I would do lots of big out to sea blinds that take alot of time swimming. I would start out doing 20 mins of swimming a day for 5 days then go to 25 mins. By the third week I would build her up to 40 mins or more of just swimming. Her muscles will build up faster than you think. By then you can start adding in points and some land work.
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My surgeon was sort of "hands off" during her recovery. I did a lot from the "TopDog' website.
We have been doing leash walks for some time. She hasnt just sat in a crate all this time. But with the household what it is here-multiple dogs and young ones at that- I couldnt jsut let her go outside. All supervised leash stuff.
Her muscle tone is gradually increasing and almost even with the other leg at this time.
Unfortunately,I'm not in suburbia ,while it would have been fantastic to have specialists,and rehab clinics at my disposal, not possible here. The closest one listed is 3 hours ....while there is oine being built 30 mi from me,its not ready yet...or I'd have been there with her.
I am going to do my best to prevent her from becoming another stat (the other leg going).
Thanks Chad for the advice, while shes' not that far into training (tuneup drills/out to see blinds,etc) your words are ones that I will heed. She's one of your 'grand pups' so to speak.
 

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Swimming at this point would be good if she uses her hind legs while swimming. A lot of dogs don't.

My girl is back to doing everything that she did prior to her surgery on November 24/11. She did go through rehab on treadmill and swimming was not recommended until she was back to normal, even the rehab facility did not recommend it and they have a swim tank with jets on premises. I also did a lot of walking including long flights of stairs on leash and slow, sit stands and a lot of hill walking. Once the bone has healed she should be good to go on that leg but the other leg needs strengthening also esp if she has been kept quite quiet for a long period of time.
 

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For our second dog's TPLO rehab, went went to a rehab swimming specialist. She had the dog swim in circles in both directions a lot. Since it was done in a pool, she could see how much effort the repaired leg was making compared to the other leg.
The therapist was in the pool with the dog, her hand in the collar.

I'm sure you could 'feel' (assuming the water is murky) how your dog was doing by the difference in 'power' going in one direction vs. the other - if the strength of the legs are not balanced.

Debbie
 
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