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My Golden had TPLO done October 2011. For 8 weeks, it was strict leash walking, no jumping. I put up baby gates everywhere to prevent him from jumping on furniture. When not at home, he was in a small room without any furniture to jump up on and of course, he had his orthopedic dog bed. I have a ranch style home, so no steps in the house but I have five steps to go outside. I used a large towel under the belly to help Toby up and down the stairs.
The hardest part is for them to go poop for the first few days, because often, the anesthesia slows everything in the system down. So, don't panic if she won't poop for the first day or two. Some people feed pumpkin to help with pooping.
After week one, my Toby felt so much better, he got away from my husband and jumped on the couch. I just about had a coronary, lol. But, Toby was fine. So, things happen, be on the look out for it.
Important to keep her from licking the incision site. Also icing the incision site several times a day, doing rehab exercises, all very important.
Also good pain management will go a long way in helping with the recovery. Make sure your surgeon sends home more than a 2 week supply of pain meds, she will need it.
There is a facebook community from Todog health and rehabilitation. A vet will answer questions online and you can exchange experiences there as well as here on the forum. Topdog health also has rehabilitation broschures you can download for free.
Good luck, make sure to ask the orthopedic surgeon anything and everthing on your mind and keep us posted.