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My 7 year old golden had a TTA surgery last June the first weeks were rough. I was so greatful I work from home and was able to be here with him minus my office being upstairs and he had to stay downstairs and sleep down here.

We bought a open pen vs a crate has he has never been create trained and I didn’t want to force that fear on him all of a sudden. We set up his area a few weeks prior to surgery got him used to it, we have tile so I bought foam flooring for inside his pen. He did amazing going in and out of it on his own during his recovery. I could also just open one of the sides and go sit in there with him to do heat/cold compression and exercises. We did this 3-4 times a day for the first 4 weeks. Taking him outside on the lead was rough at times as he wanted to keep pulling and walk further then he should.

We got so lucky that we found a rehabilitation mobility vet 10 minutes from our house and he went there once a week for 15 weeks for 3 hours and they gave us detailed exercises each phase to do at home. And they were able to address other joint issues and weight issues he had and now he still goes for a recheck with that vet every 6 weeks.

My biggest suggestions is do your research I saved so many different sites lots of vets list their recovery programs though I’m sure you’ll get one it’s good to compare here is the link for the main one I used along with the info



Sit up a small comfortable space for recovery keep that area clean and sanitized infection is very common.

Find a cone that works for your dog. We tried a few and 3 days in he got out of one cone and tore out all his staples! It was the worse experience ever waking up to that at 3am… luckily there was no blood or anything it turned out okay we took him right into the vet in the morning. this was the e-collar we had the best success with.
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Don’t be alarmed if the leg is very bruised and swollen I was not prepared for that.

It will be a long road and it’s going to take extra care but it will be worth it. I remember the first day we actually went for a walk, and when he finally could come upstairs and sleep. It’s rough but just take it day by day! 10 months later our golden is finally 90 % of the time sitting normal again!
 

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I know several people with dogs that have had TPLO surgery. A couple dogs I train with frequently had it at about 3 years and you would never guess it if you saw them running today.
Follow your vets advice and have a plan in place for the rehab.
I second this see if there are any rehabilitation locations in your area or do your research for a rehab plan at home.
 

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Thank you for all the replies. It's so reassuring (and Max looks like he was an amazing dog!).
Eva has never really happy in a crate so I'll set up a pen. Luckily she is fine wearing a cone, and we had to get a huge one when she had a hot spot on her tail. Looks like I have to plan for the worst and hope for the best.
Should I set up a pen at the back of the house near the garden so she doesn't have to walk through the (not so big) house? Eva “only’ weighs 61 pounds so I can carry her around, but I’d be worried about squeezing her leg as I do. We have tiles too, but have some old carpet we can put down.
The worst bit is that the vet isn’t 100% certain it’s a CCL issue, but can’t think what else it can be. He doesn’t want to do a CT or MRI scan as this means another anaesthesetic and the cost could be thousands, so would rather wait until the orthopaedic surgeon sees her in 3 weeks who may decide to operate then after some more X-rays. So….I don’t even know if she’ll have the TPLO, but need to plan for it. So much uncertainty! By the way, in the UK it’s around £4.5k, so $5.8k, luckily we’re insured!
I’d suggest setting up a pen at the back of the house near the garden that way she won’t need to walk as far. That is what we did with Gower. My biggest suggestion is setting it up asap so you can get her used to it. We would go inside it with him to get him used to it; and put some toys in and he’d start going in by himself so by the time his surgery came he was used to it and was comfortable in the pen. Here is gower in his pen prior to surgery that opening was covered with the door we just hadn’t added it yet and once we put the door on we zip tied it shut. If she is a jumper I’d definitely work with in the pen prior.
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Gower stayed in the pen for at least the first 4 weeks minus to go out to go potty. With the pen we had like i mentioned we could just open it up and sit in there with him to to do exercises and spend time with him. Once you do allow her to have a bit more free roam make sure any furniture is blocked so she cannot jump and if you have stairs make sure those are blocked off too.

This photo was the day he came home which was 24 hours after his surgery
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Him getting his cold compression
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Enjoying his recovery time with all his friends
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Finally getting to see his cousin after 3 months
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His graduation from rehab
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here is doing amazing now 10 months post surgery and he is down 20lbs he was 96lbs when he had he is able to keep up with his 2 year old golden cousin and 6 month old golden cousin

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I understand the frustration with it possibly only being a partial tear that was what we were experiencing with Gower our vet said he wouldn’t be able to determine that with an x-ray and even with a partial tear he’d still like to go in and operate. Gower actually didn’t have x-rays till the morning of the surgery the vet we had it done with prefers to wait till the day of the surgery so they do not need to put them under anesthesia twice and if sees anything on the x-ray that will change the surgical plan he would call. It did turn out gower’s wasn’t fully torn yet but the surgery was still the best option we had the TTA for him as I mentioned prior. I know it is a very tough decision I was a nervous wreck we went through a vet who does many of these surgeries vs a specialist as the specialist weren’t taking even an initial appointment for 2 months.

That’s wonderful you are insured! Unfortunately o Gower wasn’t and a year prior to that I had been seriously looking into insurance for him but hindsight is 20/20 with his surgery and rehab for 12 weeks and follow ups we spent around $4,500.

Since you do have insurance for her do you know if your insurance covers any rehabilitation options? I am not sure if they do have vets there that do have rehabilitation services near where you live but it could be something to look into if the insurance will cover it. Of course rehab is possible to do at home and we did a lot of at home rehab but having the weekly session with the rehab vet for 12 weeks was wonderful as we got at home exercise, and they also did under water treadmill rehab and as well as cold laser therpy was all included in the package they offered.

I wish you the best of luck with you and your golden! It will be a long recovery but following the timeline your vet gives you is best. Just try to keep her as calm as possible For the weeks after the surgery with her being young that might a challenge but even at any age a golden still acts like a puppy.
 

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Thank you! Lovely to see Gower too! This is Eva last week on one of our very short walks!
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Good ideas, I'll set up the pen this weekend, luckily I kept all the kit from when she was a puppy. She normally sleeps in the hallway (we have a stairgate and all doors closed) but when the postman comes she does get excited, so the back of the house will be quieter too. I suspect I'm going to be sleeping downstairs for a while :rolleyes:!

We had the same option as you. Wait 2 months to go to a specialist centre or 3 weeks for our local vetinary surgeon to do it. Our vet told me that if his dog needed this surgery he'd have no hesitation in asking the local surgeon...so that swung it. Also, at a centre you don't necessarily know who's going to perform the operation. We still have the booking at the specialist centre in case the surgeon decides not to operate, where they can do CT or MRI scans.

I think my insurance does cover £1000 of "physio", sounds like it's worth doing. Especially as we have a holiday/vacation booked at a cottage by the sea in mid-August. I'm not expecting to let her off the lead then, but it would be nice if we could walk the 1/2 mile to the beach and back. That'll be 3 months after surgery. Do you think that'll be do-able?

Although Eva's only 2 1/2 she is very calm in the house, most of the time. She can get a little excited when we have visitors but she's hopelessly lazy and given the chance will sleep her days away. We've had days recently with no walks and she's been absolutely fine. That was a bit of an eye opener for me...we usually do about 2 hours walking a day... turns out she'd rather sleep!

Thanks again for all the support and advice...I'm also a nervous wreck and was getting worse so it's very much appreciated!
She is very beautiful! Such a sweet girl.

I understand the issue with a vet vs the specialist. I don’t regret the vet doing the surgery. we had found him from a recommendation from a golden Facebook group in Orlando, FL. He has done many of these surgeries and seemed to have decent reviews. However our experience with the follow up appointment was very interesting…We took gower for his follow up they did x-rays not under sedation, there was construction going on outside the building and our boy has very bad anxiety with loud noises so they x-rays were not very clear. The vet reviewed them with us and mentioned he didn’t like the way the bone was heeling and there was a chance the hardware could break and he wanted to schedule surgery for the following week for another $1,30 -but he might not need it but it’s better to do it then not. He was not being very clear at all what the issue actually was, it was very interesting and myself and husband felt very confused when we left that appointment. When we got home I called our rehabilitation vet and she called me back after hours and talked over everything with me that happen, she was very confused as well as to why the vet wanted to do a second surgery. She calmed my nerves and set up for gower to have sedated x-rays and she would send them to the animal hospital that is the board certified surgeon to review - we had the x-rays done she got an opinion from the radiologist, as well as 3 other vets on a special vet forum. All concluded the x-rays look fine and he is healing just fine. They said without a bone graft the bone wouldn’t fill in, so they had no idea why our vet said that.During this process we made an appointment at a board certified surgeon to get a 3rd opinion just to verify same results that he was healing wonderfully.

If you feel that comfortable with the vet doing the operation and they do have experience doing many of these operations and they are able to do it sooner I would do it with the vet.

If your insurance covers a rehab things definitely look at what options are in your area. In terms of your holiday to the beach - at 3 months post-op she should be fine to walk down to the beach some dogs recovery faster then others. I know at 3 months we were doing at least 2 (20) minute walks a day. Just use caution as we had multiple vets tell us there is a 50 % chance they’ll tear the other knee within the year. I’m still very cautions with gower - I just can’t imagine having to put him through that again.

That is good she is fairly calm it will help with recovery. I know I was a nervous wreck as well, I’d stay up all night doing research and preparing. It will be hard at first seeing them in so much pain but you know it is what is best for them long term.
 

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One thing with Gower he did have a TTA - which I know for Eva she may have the TPLO so from what I’ve read the recovery time may be longer with the TPLO so she may not be ready at 3 months for the walks to the beach.
 

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Oh, so sorry to hear about all that confusion, what a nightmare. I thought that that kind of thing only happened to me! Very glad that you got that sorted so well.

I also read TPLO takes a little longer than TTA, but I'm hoping her age and weight will help with recovery. If not then we'll just have to enjoy the views of the beach and sea. 😭

I heard 60% go on to having it on the other knee. I'm hoping because I spotted this early, and reducing her exercise now before it's got bad, the damage will be minimised. I mean, when I take her to the vets, no one can see a limp - they've only seen it on the videos I've taken when she gets up from rest.

There again I worry that it's not a ACL issue at all, and perhaps something else, but x-rays seem to have ruled out other options, I hope.
Oh that’s interesting that they can’t see that she’s limping when she’s there. When she sits down is she sticking the leg out to the side at all or she still sitting normally? I know that is also one test they use for it. With gower you could see him limping right away, and he’d sit with his like out.
 

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Yes! There's a step or two but nothing much, I've read that supporting her weight with a towel under her belly for a day or two will help with the steps.
I’ve heard some vets say full flights of stairs are fine even a few weeks post op… another example of our vet who did the surgery he said he was fine to do stairs at 4 weeks….. our rehab vet didn’t clear him until after 16 weeks.
 

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I’ve heard some vets say full flights of stairs are fine even a few weeks post op… another example of our vet who did the surgery he said he was fine to do stairs at 4 weeks….. our rehab vet didn’t clear him until after 16 weeks.
We had a few little step out to our yard as well not very high ones so he was just fine.
 

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Well, they can tell she's not really bearing weight on it when standing still, but she walks quite normally (after the 20 seconds from resting). She does sit with her leg out sometimes..but prefers to lie down!

I think a lot of people would ignore the 20 second limp and do nothing until things got worse. But the vet got it when I showed the videos, she really looks in pain then. And 5 weeks later there's no improvement.
Of course it would be wonderful if it’s not a torn acl but the fact you caught it early and if it turns out to be and she’s only 2.5 it will be much better for her in the long run.

did your vet put her on any medication? I know our vet at the time before we went to the guy who did the surgery he put him on gabapentin and carprofen and told us to try shorter walks but we did that and no improvement. I think it started around the begging of May and at the end of June we had the surgery done. I had tried for two weeks to get him into our normal vet and they didn’t seem to care he couldn’t hardly walk. i was never a huge fan of his general veterinary but it worked and they offered a cast member (Disney employee discount so it worked out) but after his surgery we found the rehab center and they also did general vet care as well so she was out vet now and gower loved her so much as he spent 3 hours with her each week for 13 weeks and then every 4 weeks she’d spend an hour doing a recheck with him. She is incredible. Sadly we found out during our last recheck she is moving to a new practice that solely is rehabilitation that is an hour away and will no longer be doing general vet work, I’ll still take gower out there for his rechecks as he gets older as we did discover through all this he has arthritis that is why we still to this day have a daily exercises we do.We will miss her being 10 minutes from the house and our general vet. So now I’m on the lookout for a new vet 😔
 

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How is Eva doing? I’m sorry I haven’t been on here in awhile! I’ve thought of her from time to time! My golden one year post op since his TTA and I’m 90 % sure he tore the other leg today . They say 40 - 60 % tear the second within a year so here we are…
 

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Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that. I've read the same statistics (or even higher) and expecting the same for Eva next year...ideally in a new insurance year and we're reaching the limit in this one. I hope Gower's just got a stain... I suspect we're both qualified enough to figure that out quite quickly now. Keeping fingers crossed for you two.

Eva's doing well, thank you. Walking around the garden (5 min on lead) is almost like normal, not limping much. We were doing the same before the operation, so very used to it. She does hop and struggle a bit getting off her mat and negotiating her way around the pen. Maybe it's because her leg has gone to sleep a little, maybe it's because she's got a cone on and can't really see her way around. I'm a little worried because her leg was stiff getting up from rest before, so I was expecting that to be immediately fixed! I may be expecting too much, this is day 8!

We're seeing the vet tomorrow to check the stitches. Everything looks fine there. I'm doing (well, Eva's doing!) passive "stretches" 4 times a day followed by hot and cold packs. Alternating every 2 mins for 10 mins or so.

She's adjusted to her boring pen days so well, as long as we're in the same room. But she doesn't like being left alone. Before TPLO she'd sleep at the bottom of the stairs and she was always one to follow me around the house. So now she barks when she's alone. I've managed to get as far as leaving the next room door open and if she can hear me then she's generally ok, but I can't get any further. She's always been fine when we're out of the house for hours, as long as she can be by the front door she'll sleep until we get back. I think the pen, at the back of the house in the kitchen, isn't ideal. So, I'm looking forward to having her back in the hallway. We can't do that now because if someone comes to the door, rings the bell or drops letters through the letterbox, then it can startle her. We've put signs up outside and taped up the bell, but it's still a risk! So we haven't left her alone in the house yet. Not sure when we'll dare do that! I'm sleeping on a camp bed in the kitchen, unless I've got to be in the office the next morning, in which case my wife will. It's daylight at 4am now and the curtains are thin. It doesn't seem to bother Eva luckily. She'll still sleep until we make a move.

I've started looking at physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. I've have a chat with the vet too, see which places she recommends.

This is such an undertaking, but at least we knew what to expect and were fully prepared...thanks to you and others here!

Sending best wishes to you and Gower...keep us posted
I am glad she is doing well the first 2 weeks were the hardest after that it was keeping gower calm and not to get overly excited. Or allowing him to walk to far, we have a tiny garden but it is artificial turf and no where he’d go to the bathroom so we’d have to open the gate to the open grass area and take him out on a lead there and sometimes he’d think he could walk further.

I know the statistics are very high we thought he was doing really well, but then all of a sudden last night it’s hard to say for 100 % certainly it’s the non surgery leg because due to the surgery he is walking even stranger as he still has pain with both.

I am going to call to make some appointments today, but that’s difficult because we are now back to square one with no vet as I think I mentioned before we switched to his rehab vet who now left the facility she was at and only does rehab now and no general practice. I did take him to a new vet for his annual check up - it’s 5 minutes from the house and had good reviews but it seems it might be too new and overcharging for services. I’ve thought about making a rehab recheck with the rehab vet to get some guidance because she’s wonderful but the place she’s at is over an hour away and I don’t even know what sort of appointments they do since it’s a rehab facility not a vet clinic.

The vet who did the surgery last time was not at a specialist board certified vet as that would be 3 months out to take him there.. we aren’t unhappy with the job he did on the surgery but are unsure about how he handled the follow up I think I mentioned he was trying to get us to do a second surgery 4 weeks post op due to how the x-ray looked luckily we had our rehab / new vet at the time give us guidance on that and got us X-rays looked at by a radiologist at the board certified vet and made us an appointment and everything was okay. So now we run into the question do we go back to that vet or look into a specialist.

I didn’t get gower insurance until after his surgery so if it’s a cruciate tear even on the other knee it won’t be covered since it is a pre existing condition I wish I would of gotten him insurance at a younger age but at this point that doesn’t matter.

I hope Eva won’t tear the other knee but at least if she does, hopefully it’s within a new year for your insurance.

good luck with her appointment!

how did her leg look after the surgery? Gower when he had his had purple bruising terribly on the inside where the incision was, and even on the other side.
 

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Yes, I remember reading the trouble you had previously. Having done both, I found going to the specialist centre was a much better experience. Although our vets were good, there was always an element of doubt in their voices (and even on the operating table). When we went to the hospital, the specialist really understood the issue, really saw the limp and the fact Eva wasn't putting full weight on her leg and when anaesthetised was able to confirm movement in Eva's knee, something the vet wasn't able to do. In their write up to the vet they said, "a medial anthrotomy revealed a partial rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament. The menisci and caudal cruciate ligament were intact". Which is good! I guess, just like going to a general doctor, vets aren't experts in this field unless it's really obvious...and like with our doctor I've had better success using Google, but that's another story!

Even though it took 3 months for the referral, the hospital said because I noticed it so early no other harm was done in waiting, but noticing it so early made it difficult for a general vet to diagnose. I'm glad I pushed for this referral and didn't cancel it even though I was going to get the operation done by the vet.

I wish you and Gower the best of luck....it's such a nightmare working through all this. It's so emotionally draining.... View attachment 893738

Here's Eva's scar at 5 days. It's looking about the same now, just with more hair! There wasn't really any bruising. I've noticed her leg muscles are much smaller and floppier than the other side now, and she struggles turning round in her pen or standing on her mat, which is only an inch thick. I'm hoping that's going to slowly improve as we build up to 10 minute walks next week....can't wait!!

I wondered about the pre-existing conditions, if it's another leg. My insurance will cover that next year, but no doubt they'll increase the premium to something ridiculous. I was wondering if I could argue it was an injury rather than a disease. Not sure how I'd manage to provide that though!

Anyway, good luck with Gower, keeping my fingers crossed from this side of the pond! Let us know how you get on.
We just got home from the vet who did the previous surgery - he is scheduled for a TTA on Tuesday on his right knee, it was the left previously. This is something my husband and I discussed a lot before if we would allow the original doctor to do the surgery or we’d take him to a specialist. We feel confident with him doing the surgery, and we will look at driving the hour plus to where his rehab vet moved to so he can also see her. It’s not ideal part of me wants to take him to the specialist but it is clear he is in pain and the limp is bad. I do like this vet, so I’m going to go with my gut and let him do the surgery.

Wow Eva leg looks great compared to how gowers was it could be that hers was a different surgery… also Gower 2 days post op got out of his cone and got his stitches out luckily it stayed shut but he had to get staples put in that created more bruising.

Did Eva stay overnight?
 

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So sorry to hear you're going through this all over again. Hopefully the experience of the first time will help.
I think going with whoever you've got confidence in is the way to go! As you'll remember I was going with the local vet surgeon who's done over 500 TPLOs but then he cancelled on the operating table as he wasn't 100% the problem was with her knee. I was happy going with the hospital too, but wanted to get her seen to sooner. Tuesday is great, the waiting here in UK is much longer for any op unless it's an emergency.

Eva was in for one night. After her x-ray at the hospital (which was a couple of weeks before) she got really bad diarrhoea. We wondered if it was stress, a virus, wrong food. We switched to chicken and rice but it continued until we switched to a hypoallergenic kibble. This time, after the operation, she'd been absolutely fine. We'll keep on this kibble until we're out of the woods. We were given a pack of tranquillisers for Eva, but haven't had to use a single one.

Yes, the scar is looking good and now the stitches are beginning to dissolve/fade. We went to the vet yesterday for a check-up and all's well there.

I just wish she'd put more weight on her leg when standing. It just hangs there, like it did before the op. Despite the surgeon saying it was a partially torn ligament, part of me is wondering if it wasn't her knee at all.... but then I'm probably just being paranoid! We're going to their physiotherapy team on 12th July for a consultation and maybe start booking in sessions including hydrotherapy. Her muscles on her injured leg are much softer and smaller than the other, which is probably why she's favouring the others (and the fact she's had major operation on it!).
The therapy we will be good. We called the vet who did his therapy last time and she’s at a new place which is over an hour away and they aren’t booking until early August. But I made a consultation for gower with her, because I trust her and she knows his story she worked with him once a week for 3 months for 2 hours a time, plus 2 hr visits each month after until this past March when she moved. I hate that it has to be a new patient consultant and go through all those hoops but unfortunately that is what happens that she is at a new place. Their prices also seem to be more expensive, and with it being over an hour drive, and the price of gas I am not sure we will be able to do weekly appointments. We will see what they say, they wouldn’t give me much information over the phone which I don’t like. The place she used to be at went over all the details of their packages prior to us even booking the first appointment. But regardless for the rest of his life we will continue to take him to see this vet for his mobility issues, so we have to start at some point. We were already going to go in September to see her prior to this happening again.

The vet who is doing the surgery said they like them to stay over night after surgery but it’s not required as they aren’t a 24 hour facility. Last time he did stay, as I didn’t know it was optional and I drove and sat in the parking lot I was so sad. I think this time, we will bring him home day of. I don’t want him having to be there all alone, in pain. He already appears to be in more pain then the last time. I worry about his left leg which is the surgery leg from last year, it seems fine and our rehab vet said he will be much stronger and be able to recovery well for the next surgery we also have him down 20lbs from his last surgery he just seems so unsure of what leg to bare the weight on right now.
 

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It's sooo expensive! Our 1 hour consultation is £146 ($176) and then they'll tell us how many sessions she'll need. I think the insurance will cover it.
As you know, Eva stayed the night. The nurses said they gave her something to help her sleep as they had some "noisy guests" and Eva was getting a bit agitated. So, if Gower stays in for the night, maybe they can administer stronger drugs than you'd get at home, which might be another route? But absolutely I know what you mean. Eva's such a gentle thoughtful girl, if there were reactive, barky type dogs nearby, should she wouldn't be happy at all! She came home fine though, no stress effects and so very chilled!

The centre is an hour away from me too. Once a week is going to be a pain. I'm hoping they can kick off the treatment when it's all about the bone healing and the TPLO, then further down the road when that's all fine but we need to build up muscle then perhaps I can take Eva somewhere nearer and more "mainstream"...and probably cheaper.

Good luck to you and Gower for Tuesday.
The place we did the rehab last year was a package for $1,450 US. So $120 a session we signed up for the 12 week package. Our 2 hour consultation for the other place is $200, so we shall see what they say.

The thing with gower staying over night is there won’t be able one there overnight , they aren’t a 24 hour facility, he would be alone. So I think we might pick him up that day.

When is the appointment for the consultation for rehab for Eva?
 

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Oh I see. Totally alone! No, I wouldn't do that either. 😬

Eva's appointment is on 12 July. We're allowed to do very gently 10 min walks, 3 times a day from this Tuesday. Her walking seems to be fine, barely a limp, but when standing/sniffing she's not really putting any weight on her injured leg. That's the bit that's worrying me.
We picked Gower up this after his surgery they said all went well, we will go back in a few weeks to have the stitches removed. He is not touching his foot to the ground yet. He is very out of it right now from the surgery, and does appear to be in pain. He did a great job though, and we are happy to have him home.
 

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We picked Gower up this after his surgery they said all went well, we will go back in a few weeks to have the stitches removed. He is not touching his foot to the ground yet. He is very out of it right now from the surgery, and does appear to be in pain. He did a great job though, and we are happy to have him home.
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Hi @Goldenretrievermama0217 How are you and Gower doing?
We are doing good, gower has just been sleeping, getting more alert, I’m not even sure he knew who were yesterday. My husband and I both slept on air mattresses downstairs right next to him. We tried to take him pee last night but wouldn’t attempt to get up, he was a bit more alert at 2:30 in the morning so we took him out pee around then. And went back to bed, I was not sleeping in fear he was going to lick his stitches out like he did 2 days after his surgery last time when he got out of his donut. So I put on his soft cone we found that worked great for him, and I was able to sleep finally. We’ve done ice 3 times today, and took him out pee twice both where my husband had to pick him up and place him on his feet, then he walked we have a harness for him that has a handle luckily because once we get out in the grass he will lay down and we can use that to pick him up. He isn’t bearing any weight on the leg, his last surgery we picked him up the next morning and he already was toe tapping his leg, but right now he is being a 3 legged dog which worries me but 1 day at a time right now. His leg, and incision are very red. He is back to eating, and drinking. A little hesitant but getting there. I worry about being able to take him out when my husband goes to work tomorrow but he will be okay.

How is Eva doing?
 

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