learned since Darby's surgery
It's been quite a few years since Darby's
surgery. These are some of the things I've learned since then and
wanted to pass on to you.
First of all, it's extremely important
to get a referral to a qualified Orthopedic Veterinarian if you
decide to have surgery on your dog. One place to find an Ortho Vet
is at the North
American Academy of Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery.
You want a Board Certified Orthopedic Veterinarian doing
the surgery, not your local family vet. Would you want your family
doctor doing your knee replacement? Of course not. Your vet might
say they can do the surgery for half the price a Ortho Vet can do
it, but now is not the time to pinch pennies. You want a SPECIALIST.
When Darby had her surgery, it took
a little bit before she even tried to walk on it. Now days, it can
be the next day! When one of my other dogs had a TPLO, I was shocked
and afraid when he actually put his foot down to walk on the leg
the very next day after surgery. Wow, what a difference in just
a few years!
Instead of a crate, I kept the
dog in an 4 x 4 exercise pen. I put in a dog bed and a water
bucket along with a Nylabone or other toy to keep him occupied.
The pen kept him secure and the other dogs
from possibly stepping on his leg.
Instead of a cone, I used a
inflatible dog collar to keep
him from bothering his incision.
As you can see in the picture above, he used
it as a pillow.
While he might not have been
thrilled, he was still around his buddies, but separated enough
that he couldn't injure the leg.
This dog was completely healed and able to
live a normal life which including running, swimming and rough
housing with the other dogs.
With a little preparation and forethought, you can
get through the post-surgery. Remember, you want a Board Certified
Orthopedic Vet to do the surgery. Ask your family vet for a referral
to one. If they won't give you a referral, telling you that they
can also do the surgery or just refusing to refer you, then find
a new vet.
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