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Old 10-24-2015, 11:30 AM
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ACL/CCL post-op recovery/rehab questions

Hi everyone!

My girlfriend and I recently adopted(Monday) a Schipperke mix from Seattle Humane Society. She is about 5 years they say, but has had a hard life as stray for a while but also being raised with a homeless person.

When she was picked up(8/05/15), she was a stray for who knows how long, had a torn ACL/CCL, some teeth that were no good and causing pain. She also has a few spots(back of the neck behind the head and under the neck/throat area) that are bald. She also has some ear problems and itchy skin problems.

Fortunately since the owner never came to get her, she was able to get the medical that was needed to get her into better shape. She had her ACL surgery on 8/22/15 and was in foster care for quite some time(till about 10/15/15).

The humane society said she's in week 6 of post-op recovery, however counting the calendar, she's on week 9 from the surgery. We have a vet appointment for her on 10/31/15, so next weekend.

I thought i'd post on here to see if anyone has any experience with ACL/CCL surgery recovery with doggies.

We have noticed she is still pretty stiff, refuses to weight on the leg. I do morning and night leg stretches with her for the ankle, knee, and hip joints, at about 15 reps per sessions. We also take her on walks of around 30-60 minutes per night/morning depending on the schedule.

The foster parents noticed a "lump" on the knee joint, which the vets seemed to be unconcerned about and said it was just inflammation and should disappear within a week or two(this was on mid/late September). When we adopted her, she still had the lump and they told us the same thing. The lump is still there, and hasn't decreased yet.

Of course this all is going to be brought up with the vet next week, however I thought i'd reach out to the community to see what people have to say about rehab and what we should be doing in the mean time for her.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 10-24-2015, 12:51 PM
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I would add this to help with the discomfort and healing
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Old 10-24-2015, 02:18 PM
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She should not still be having issues with the leg at all. I have dealt with numerous ACL/CCL tears and 9 weeks later is far too long to be as sore as you describe. I'm glad you have a vet appointment, something isn't right. Either there is something else going on or the foster family didn't take care of it properly. Although even without surgery she shouldn't be having that much trouble still. If they are kept quiet enough the joint will form a bone callous which will stabilize it to some degree, they'll develop arthritis in the joint earlier but will get around fine.

I don't have any other vids of him walking, but the YouTube link shows my boy getting in and out of a vehicle with a ramp. You can see he gets around pretty well (he still runs sometimes) even though he completely ruptured the one CCL & meniscus two years ago and slightly tore the other this last January. I wish I had one of my BF's dog who just did a slight tear. Or the dog I house sat, they did the surgery on him and I watched him for week 10 (I believe) and he was just starting short 15-20 minute slow leash walks, but he had been doing much shorter leash walks for sometime along with other PT.

My boy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alyC8pnT_dc

This is another dog with a blown CCL, you can see her walking a little bit before she gets on the ramp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL-aNpJwNeE

As far as what to do with her now the main thing is to keep her quiet. No running, jumping, no stairs, and I would possibly curtail the stretches. Depending on what they are you could be worsening the problem or not allowing it to heal properly. There is a pretty well developed and strict protocol for aftercare as well as PT on these surgeries. If the leg is being over stressed constantly it won't heal very quickly or well.
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She should be putting weight on that leg by now. Generally dogs are touching their toes down after a few weeks and bearing weight by week four. Do you know what type of surgical procedure was done?
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What did the vet say?
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Try a knee brace? I used the Ortocanis dog knee brace when my staffy was recovering from a torn ACL and I think it made a difference in her recovery. I would check with your vet but it could be an option for you.
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