|Barked: Mon Oct 26, '09 9:24am PST |
|Lilith had 2 LPs repaired and a follow up surgery today (imbrication failed on lateral side of one leg).
Anyway, we spoke to her vet who is a wonderful man with specialization in orthopedics. He said it is his belief that recovering dogs are not to be completely on cage-rest for the entire recovery period (approximately 6-8 weeks). Of course, he still says no stairs, no running, no jumping. But he did say that leashed walks to the end of the block and back was good for recovery, to get the joints moving and muscles maintained.
But elsewhere, I have read people keeping their dogs strictly cage rest for 6 weeks..
Has anyone else had LP surgeries, and what did you do during recovery? 6 weeks of absolutely not being able to walk around at all seems really excessive to me. I know an elderly woman who had two knee replacements at the same time (replacements being more invasive than LP surgery, I believe) and she told me that the doctors had her up and walking a little with assistance the next day, too.
For us, we have let Lilith walk around the house. We crate Luna so she can't excite and chase Lilith around and let Lilith slowly walk around. We carry her outside and down the stairs to do her potty breaks. The vet said the imbrication breaking down is rare but not always due to using the joint too much during recovery. But I want to be more safe than sorry - her one leg that wasn't operated on is absolutely fine and the doctor is very pleased with how her healing is progressing.
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