If you haven’t seen my original posts, be sure to checkout my first article, read Treating a Torn/Ruptured Cranial Crucial Ligament (CCL) in Dogs (ACL), my second article The Recovery Process – Keeping an Active Dog Inactive, and my most recent article The Recovery Process – One Week After Surger – Ligament Injury in Dogs
So it’s been two weeks now since the surgery (thirteen days to be exact) and our dog is finally getting used to the idea that she is going to have to stay in the cage for awhile. I think that she has come to realize the fact that we’re not doing it as punishment, we’re doing it to help her. I’ve got to admit, the first couple days were the worst, but now, almost two weeks in, she’s definitely getting used to the routine. So today was her appointment to get her staples (sutures as the doc calls them) removed. As expected, she was very excited when we let her out of her cage and put her in the car to go to the vet. After being penned up in a close-quarter cage for 13 days, I don’t blame her. So we take our 45 minute drive to the vet, they take her in, remove her sutures, bandage her leg back up and give her back to us.
This time, the doctor comes out and tells us that once the bandages fall off of her leg, we can leave them off and start doing mild rehab on her leg. The first stage of rehab will consist of flexing and extending her leg for her – that should be an interesting project. Originally our third follow up was supposed to be two weeks from today, but since the doctor that did the surgery only flies in once per month, his next visit is offset a week from her original surgery date, so she gets to wait three full weeks until her next visit. Until then, we’ll keep going with the same routine – Feed her in the morning, 3 bathroom breaks during the day, and the rest of her time will be on lockdown.