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Old 07-22-2016, 07:57 AM
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Building strength on her right rear leg.

Hi all,

First time poster.

So my dog Shaolin tore her cruciate ligament back in February and she has had surgery to repair it. 2 months after the surgery she was still limping on one leg, but she would use her bad leg from time to time. The vet was concerned as she should be getting better, but she was healing too slowly. He performed an X-ray on her leg and he found that the the wound was infected and so he gave me antibiotics which slightly improved her symptoms.

To this day, she uses her injured leg when we go out for walks but she still hops when she is off the leash. When shes standing, she tries not to put any weight on it. She doesn't use the injured leg when she goes down the stairs. When she sits, her leg sticks out to the side.

I've tried to lift her front paws up so she uses her hind legs but she fights it and tries to sit down. When I have been successful with it, she tries not to put any weight on it. I usually make her do the exercises after I've taken her out for a walk.

So can anybody recommend any good exercises that would build strength on her rear leg or any tips on making her put weight on her leg.

Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Age: 7 years old

Thank for you very much for reading!

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Does your dog like water? Swimming is great exercise, gets to work out the leg without putting weight on it.
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Since you're dealing with an injury, you might want to actually consult a Canine Rehabilitaion/physical therapy specialist. Just to make sure exercises are safe and designed for your dog's needs!

You might find one near you or find one to consult with online or via phone through organizations like this.
Canine Rehabilitation Institute | Find A Therapist

Also Debbie Gross offers online canine conditioning classes through the Fenzi Academy. I think her class this next session is Level 2 but something to check out. I think she also does phone consults....
Canine Rehabilitation Services: evaluation, treatment plan, conditioning for recovery from injury, surgery, at Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, Colchester, CT, Deborah Gross
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Thank you for your replies.

Yes she does like swimming but it's quite expensive to do hydrotherapy here in the UK and I'm not near a good place for me to take her swimming.

Do you think pet insurance covers physiotherapy?
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