04-22-2016, 11:58 AM
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I'd say, change vet.
In 2001-2002 my corso, Paco, had both ACL hurt.
We asked different orthopedics vets, and in the end we got the names of 2 "good" vets that did the (at the time in Italy it was not very common) TPLO surgery.
We called both of them.
One said that he could not guarantee the surgery if the dog moved, so we had to crate him (as he was a young dog and he would have been alone at least 6 hours per day that would have been very difficult and hard for him), the other one said that we did not have to do anything like that.
He said that, if the surgery was done well, the dog could move, he only had to avoid stairs (for 1 month) and we could not let him off the leash, free to run without a care (6 months), and this is easily achieved by limiting his space (either your friend keeps the dog inside and has his neighbour let him out shortly once a day, or he use a fence to create a small area in the garden)... but he could move and walk from the first day. No crate at all (he thought it was ridiculus crating dogs for so long).
We went to him, obviously... and everything went alright. He limped a little the first days (that's normal), but then started to walk without pains, as long as we did not let him free to run.
Same thing the second time (we did one ACL at a time, so he could lean his weight on the other leg and move more easily).
And every time we went there (first visit, controls, surgery...) we met people from all over italy that did the TPLO with him and they were all satisfied. I've never heard of a dog that had problems after his surgery, and no one was crated.