Phase One: the first six weeks after surgery
It is imperative that your dog have strictly limited activity during the first 6 weeks after surgery. This allows proper healing after surgery, and minimizes the stress on the other hind leg.
When your dog is unsupervised, he/she should be kept in a small, restricted area indoors such as a small room with a nonskid floor surface and without furniture he/she can jump on, or kept in a crate. He/she is not to roam free in the house, or run, jump or play. He/she can sit with you in other areas of the house under full supervision. However, it is very important that he/she not be able to run to the... Read More
So you think you’re the only one suffering from “weekend warrior” syndrome? That’s the classic case of the middle-aged athlete who exercises only on the weekends and pays the price with little (or big) injuries that wouldn’t have happened 15 or 20 year ago. Well, your dog is no different, and the high incidence of knee ligament injuries in dogs is testament to that reality. In fact, knee ligament injuries are the most common orthopedic problem in dogs, and this week’s column will explain why this is and how it is fixed. In dogs, as opposed to people, the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) meet at a slight angle. Every time a dog takes a step the femur tends to slide backward slightly on the top of the tibia. This natural tendency... Read More