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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....
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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.
 

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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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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
Definitely the recovery is the long road. I too was advised that there was a high probability that the other ACL would tear though (touch wood) we have avoided that so far -four years in now. I know that we changed course in the kind of exercise we do with James- longer WALKS- zero crazy running-no fetch that involved running, jumping or roll backs- more like lawn bowling and having him wait in a stay then go after it. Swimming more, jumping- nope. No jumping onto beds or into cars. You might ask about laser therapy also- I was skeptical but it was highly recommended by our surgeon along with hydro and physio. Gotta love them;)
 

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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?
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!).
 

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Definitely the recovery is the long road. I too was advised that there was a high probability that the other ACL would tear though (touch wood) we have avoided that so far -four years in now. I know that we changed course in the kind of exercise we do with James- longer WALKS- zero crazy running-no fetch that involved running, jumping or roll backs- more like lawn bowling and having him wait in a stay then go after it. Swimming more, jumping- nope. No jumping onto beds or into cars. You might ask about laser therapy also- I was skeptical but it was highly recommended by our surgeon along with hydro and physio. Gotta love them;)
Yikes, I was hoping we'd get back to normal in 4 to 6 months and I can let her go free! Of course I'd worry (I'm a worrier) but I also want to let her go back to all the things she/we enjoyed before. And, if the other leg goes then we'd have to deal with it at the time. Such a dilemma I totally understand where you're coming from, and may easily go that route too.
I'll ask about laser. My dad bought a laser device for his knee and say's it's really made a difference...hmm, maybe we can borrow that....?!
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
It takes time- this is a pretty invasive surgery. If you know anyone who has had a hip replacement- same scale.
 

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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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Really pleased it went well! He's such a handsome boy. Eva sends her love and best wishes! It wasn't until the next morning at home, so 36 hours or so after the op, until Eva was really back to her old self.
Hopefully you meant Gower doesn't appear to be in pain? Eva never really did either. We've finished all the pain killers now. But she still won't put much weight on her leg when standing. I'm following all the physio steps and gently rocking her 15 times when she's standing to shift her weight to the left leg.
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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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Awww bless! I love your pictures, I should share more of Eva, I'll do better next time!

I know you've been through it all before so I'm wary of giving advice in something you know more about than I do. But what you describe is very similar to what we went though in the first night! Except I was downstairs and my wife was upstairs!!

Eva's scar was covered with a bandage so I didn't see it for the first 2 days after the op (day one was in hospital). But the swelling got quite big and then her ankle filled with liquid, like a deflated water balloon! That only lasted 24 hours, about day 3 or 4.
We haven't had a problem getting Eva into the garden but when she's there she has now got quite stroppy and will refuse to come back in. I can pick her up if necessary but my wife definitely can't. But she'll can get her back in by saying the magic word "snack"!
She's got better now she knows the routine and the time limits.
She's still avoiding putting much weight on her leg when standing, exactly the issue before the op. I am worried about that but hopefully will be assured when we go back to the hospital for physio consultation on Tuesday. Her muscles in that leg are so soft and floppy so her favouring the other other one does make sense. But I was hoping to see some progress day by day. But despite all the exercises, massages and cold/treatment there's no improvement.
The harness is a good idea, I might give that a go to encourage her to stand when I'm nudging/rocking her to put weight some on her leg...sometimes she just sits down as she thinks the pressure back there means sit!

Her walking is good though and was before the op, after the first few steps

I read it can be 3 or 4 days before toe touching, so hoping Gower will get there soon. Nothing I've read says there's anything to worry about now. Hopefully tomorrow or day after he'll start putting it down.

Wishing you all well! This is soooo tough....!
 

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Awww bless! I love your pictures, I should share more of Eva, I'll do better next time!

I know you've been through it all before so I'm wary of giving advice in something you know more about than I do. But what you describe is very similar to what we went though in the first night! Except I was downstairs and my wife was upstairs!!

Eva's scar was covered with a bandage so I didn't see it for the first 2 days after the op (day one was in hospital). But the swelling got quite big and then her ankle filled with liquid, like a deflated water balloon! That only lasted 24 hours, about day 3 or 4.
We haven't had a problem getting Eva into the garden but when she's there she has now got quite stroppy and will refuse to come back in. I can pick her up if necessary but my wife definitely can't. But she'll can get her back in by saying the magic word "snack"!
She's got better now she knows the routine and the time limits.
She's still avoiding putting much weight on her leg when standing, exactly the issue before the op. I am worried about that but hopefully will be assured when we go back to the hospital for physio consultation on Tuesday. Her muscles in that leg are so soft and floppy so her favouring the other other one does make sense. But I was hoping to see some progress day by day. But despite all the exercises, massages and cold/treatment there's no improvement.
The harness is a good idea, I might give that a go to encourage her to stand when I'm nudging/rocking her to put weight some on her leg...sometimes she just sits down as she thinks the pressure back there means sit!

Her walking is good though and was before the op, after the first few steps

I read it can be 3 or 4 days before toe touching, so hoping Gower will get there soon. Nothing I've read says there's anything to worry about now. Hopefully tomorrow or day after he'll start putting it down.

Wishing you all well! This is soooo tough....!
I am sure in time she’ll start putting more weight on it. Gower the last time was very swollen and bruised all over his leg, and was very red. Right now it actually looks good compared to last time, I’m taking pictures each day to monitor it. I’ve done ice like 5 times today, I’ve read anywhere between 3-6, and he likes the ice I put a blanket on him and he goes to sleep for 20 minutes. I’m sure in 3 days he’ll be over it. Every hour today he seems more alert a bit ago we found him standing up on 3 legs just looking around.

He is getting better at going out each time, his favorite treat is these little freezed dried fish so those have gotten him excited today.The little garden area we have is artificial turf as where we live doesn’t allow real grass, so we have to open the gate to walk him in the field behind our house.

I’m sure when you take Eva for her next appointment they’ll be able to see why she isn’t putting a lot of weight on the leg and will work with her. I worry about Gower as his other leg isn’t 100 % from his last surgery, and he has arthritis in his hips. One thing our rehab vet told us last time was to make sure to also massage the shoulder areas as they are putting so much weight on their front legs right now.

And you can share all the advice you have from what you’ve learned with Eva. I’m already seeing so many differences from our last one, and how Gower is now.

Have a good night, and thank you for checking in on Gower.
 

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I am sure in time she’ll start putting more weight on it. Gower the last time was very swollen and bruised all over his leg, and was very red. Right now it actually looks good compared to last time, I’m taking pictures each day to monitor it. I’ve done ice like 5 times today, I’ve read anywhere between 3-6, and he likes the ice I put a blanket on him and he goes to sleep for 20 minutes. I’m sure in 3 days he’ll be over it. Every hour today he seems more alert a bit ago we found him standing up on 3 legs just looking around.

He is getting better at going out each time, his favorite treat is these little freezed dried fish so those have gotten him excited today.The little garden area we have is artificial turf as where we live doesn’t allow real grass, so we have to open the gate to walk him in the field behind our house.

I’m sure when you take Eva for her next appointment they’ll be able to see why she isn’t putting a lot of weight on the leg and will work with her. I worry about Gower as his other leg isn’t 100 % from his last surgery, and he has arthritis in his hips. One thing our rehab vet told us last time was to make sure to also massage the shoulder areas as they are putting so much weight on their front legs right now.

And you can share all the advice you have from what you’ve learned with Eva. I’m already seeing so many differences from our last one, and how Gower is now.

Have a good night, and thank you for checking in on Gower.
Hi, how're all doing? Hope there's a little progress for you.
Eva loves the little dried fish too, called Sprats over here. I was using them to tempt Eva to do some exercises, (walking over planks in the garden) but she was getting too excited about them, so I've gone for lower value treats!

Thanks for the tip about shoulder massage, I'll do that tonight as well. Though our routine is already take 25 mins 3 times a day....!

Eva jumped up at me today..I'm usually so careful to keep her lead tight and pulled towards the ground if there a chance she'll get excited, but I missed it and up she went. I tried not to freak out too much, didn't want her to react badly and make things worse. So I put her down gently and I don't think any harm was done. We went for our walk just now and all was fine.

No improvement on weight bearing though, but if it's to do with her muscles then that's going to take a few months at least I suppose. Plus that should improve as we increase the exercise . Trying to stay positive!!

Best wishes to you and Gower, here's some pics of Eva...

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Hi, how're all doing? Hope there's a little progress for you.
Eva loves the little dried fish too, called Sprats over here. I was using them to tempt Eva to do some exercises, (walking over planks in the garden) but she was getting too excited about them, so I've gone for lower value treats!

Thanks for the tip about shoulder massage, I'll do that tonight as well. Though our routine is already take 25 mins 3 times a day....!

Eva jumped up at me today..I'm usually so careful to keep her lead tight and pulled towards the ground if there a chance she'll get excited, but I missed it and up she went. I tried not to freak out too much, didn't want her to react badly and make things worse. So I put her down gently and I don't think any harm was done. We went for our walk just now and all was fine.

No improvement on weight bearing though, but if it's to do with her muscles then that's going to take a few months at least I suppose. Plus that should improve as we increase the exercise . Trying to stay positive!!

Best wishes to you and Gower, here's some pics of Eva...

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Love the pictures of Eva! Her incision site looks good, did she have her stitches out?

Gower is doing well I think getting a bit frustrated being in the pen, I think if we allowed it he’d sneak out and go get in the couch which would be a big no no. His leg has a lot of purple / reddish bruising but he had that last time, and our vet warned us about that. He know has the swollen ankle, I’m hoping it goes down in a few days. How long did Eva have the swelling around her ankle for?

When gower gets up to go outside he is standing on 3 legs still but once we start to go out he will put the foot down, I feel like his last surgery he was already always putting his foot down but we are only at day 3 post op. He has a bad habit of going outside and rolling in the grass I try to stop him but it’s too quick at times luckily I can pull him up with the harness.

I haven’t started too much flexing of the knee yet, our instructions say after a week, and no moist heat until all the swelling is down so just ice right now. I ice it 4-6 times a day, he enjoys the ice and takes a nap. I will change up our routine in a few days to add more flexing of his leg, and adding moist heat to the our routine. Our instructions say start 1 block walks next week, we shall see where we at. I don’t want to rush him.


This is the picture of the outside of his leg, the inside looks similar with red bruising but the incision itself looks fine. It looks scarier then it is, last year the leg looked much worse.
 

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