Exercise/rehab guidelines for post-TPLO dog
posted at 8/16/2011 2:03 PM EDT
Greetings, Angell Vets,
I've looked high and low online, I've asked my vet, and I still feel I don't know what to do. I'm hoping you can help with a week by week (up to week 12, then monthly) rehab guide for TPLO surgery. I found out from my crucitae ligament tear thread as well as talking with people in my area that MANY people go through with their dogs this so I'm sure it will be useful for more than just me and Gracie. TIA!!
What I'm looking for is something like this (of course, the "guidance" is an example I made up):
Weeks 1 - 4, absolutely no activity other than walking around the house and leashed bathroom activity. Place rugs on slippey floors to prevent a sliding out of the TPLO leg.
Week 5, still absolutely no xzy activities. Start with 5 minutes of abc activity and build to Y minutes by the end of the week if the dog doesn't show signs of regression. Start allowing stairs. Remove extra rugs.
Week 6, continue to prevent xyz activities. Add [this] for approximately this duration and additional duration per day for the week. Start allowing jumping in and out of the car if no higher than X feet.
Month 6 - all activity allowed, including but not limited to playing hard with other dogs, long walks/hikes in the woods/mountain trails, etc.
I'm very frustrated with trying to figure this out on my own, and afraid of both underworking and overworking her. Gracie's TPLO leg is still weak from atrophe, and I don't know what is safe to do about it. Thanks for your attention to this matter.