|Barked: Thu Jun 24, '10 7:13am PST |
Every dog is different in their recovery, some dogs need tranquilizers or sedation to keep them calm after surgery, for the most part, most vets recommend cage rest (keeping them in a crate) except for potty etc for the first few days, then limiting exercise and only short leash walks for potty the first few weeks. Physical Therapy will be the biggest benefit for your dog following surgery (find a physical therapy vet/facility). I have never had a dog go through this surgery but my cat has been through it 3 times (one had an infection so we had to have another surgery done to repair the damage from the infection), we kept him in a large crate that had room for his litter box/food/water for about 4 weeks, then blocked off all stairs and everything. He did pretty good. Most dogs won't put any weight on their leg for a few weeks after surgery although some will 'touch' down with their toes, it just depends on the dog. If I was having a dog go through this surgery I would make sure I had lots of interactive toys for them (kongs, puzzles, etc) to do in their crate.