Dog did a small jump 3 weeks after TPLO surgery

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Old 08-17-2018, 10:30 PM
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Question Dog did a small jump 3 weeks after TPLO surgery

I am not certain if this is an emergency situation.

My 4 y/o frug (french bull x pug) had TPLO on July 25/18. We have been babying him, perhaps even more than most, since his surgery - confined area, no playing, running, jumping, incline, stairs. We have been following our surgeon's instructions 110% and have been with him 24/7. He is using the leg very well and has even just started aqua therapy.

To cut to the chase, there has been a tiny slip up tonight. Somehow for the first time tonight, one of the couches was left partially uncovered and we found Boomer curled up on it (he would have been there for about 2 minutes at the very most). The couch is about 16 inches from the floor and Boomer is quite a bit bigger/taller than you would imagine his mix to be.

I removed him from the couch, and it has been about 30-40 minutes - he has not shown any signs of pain. No limping or lameness, no leg lifting, etc. He appears to be exactly the same as he was before the incident. He asked me to go outside, I took him out (leashed and controlled, of course) and there were no signs of change in how he has been getting around. He did NOT jump back off the couch as I noticed him before he could.

Obviously I feel terrible that this has happened and I can't believe it actually did, but I want to know if it is worth a visit to the emergency vet. It is 11:30 PM so our regular vet is not open. I am feeling quite panicked over this but do not want to overly freak out if it is not necessary.

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He's probably fine. I can't even count how many times my last dog who was 75 pounds broke all the rules after his acl surgeries. He was very active and high energy his whole life and didn't know the meaning of rest unless he had at least two hours of running and jumping exercise daily.
I lived in a third floor apartment at the time with no elevator and even leashed and sedated heavily he would bound up and down the stairs for bathroom trips. And jump in and out of the car for vet rechecks. I had him on tons of pain meds and sleep meds that should have knocked out my horses, nope. And he was fine. Oh and he used to jump on and off my bed and the couches too despite me trying to lift him to prevent it. Daily.
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If his legs not worse I think he's ok. He may have climbed with the front legs rather than jumped. My dog has luxating patella & bandy legs. Its hereditary & we've been advised by her vet that diagnosed her to permanently discourage jumping & standing up on her back legs 😟 She still runs around but has trouble getting up on things, I lift her up whenever I can & have put ramps & steps against the furniture, this really helps.
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Thank you both for your replies! Boomer seems to be just fine, thankfully. I took him for his 8 minute walk this morning (still building back up slowly) and he walked amazingly. No signs of pain, nor any swelling in his leg. He was raring to go, in fact. It's often pretty difficult to hold this stubborn bull back.

Shadowmom, how did your dog end up recovering with the stair use and the jumping? We also live on a 3rd floor with no elevator and I'm thankful that Boomer is small enough for me to carry up and down the stairs. He is not light, by any means (a solid 39 pounds) but it's doable.
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Hi he recovered just fine with no reinjuries despite stressing me out a lot in the process. He repeatedly chewed up his wound and tore it up and removed all the bandages. They finally put a full leg cast from hip to toe on it so he could heal. At 75 pounds no way could I carry him up and down stairs so he had to walk/bound up and down. He was on as many pain and sedation meds as could safely get but got a tolerance to them.
Recovered fine, loved the aquatherapy, hated all the vet visits and bit a few vets. Very happy to be allowed to finally run and play again and cast off.
Two years later the other acl tore from compensating for the first leg. Very common in large dogs. Tore first acl at age 7 when my horse stepped on him. Tore second ACL at age 9. Back to the when fun process and he was a terrible patient. But recovered fully again with no reinjuries. Got arthritis a year later which joint suppliments really helped a lot.

Good luck with your boy!
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