Fixing torn ACLs in humans requires ACL surgery. In dogs, CCL injuries require tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery. At our animal hospital, most dogs can return home the same day. Total recovery period is about 12 to 16 weeks.
How long does it take for a dog to walk after ACL surgery?
Your dog’s exercise should be restricted and supervised for around 8 to 12 weeks after surgery. This typically means short leash walks (the short here refers to the length of the leash not the time), limiting play with other animals, and confining the dog to a crate or small room when not supervised.
How long before dog puts weight on leg after ACL surgery?
Your dog should be placing some weight on the surgical leg (even just touching toes to the floor) within 7 days from the date of the surgery. Over the course of the next few weeks the degree of limping should decrease. If your pet is too active during recovery, his/her limp may become more severe.
How long does it take for a dog’s ACL to heal?
With any surgical treatment for an ACL injury, your pet will need at least eight weeks of post-operative care, confinement and rest to ensure a full recovery. Whether your dog is receiving non-surgical treatment or has undergone an operation for his ACL injury, sufficient time to recover is essential.
Can I leave my dog alone after ACL surgery?
Leaving your dog alone after surgery can be hard on you, however, you may not know that giving them space will allow them to rest easier. You don’t need to feel bad about leaving them alone, as long as otherwise stated by your vet, leaving them alone is perfectly okay.
Why is my dog’s leg swollen after surgery?
“Seroma”: A fluid filled sac called a seroma may form at the site of your dogs incision. This swelling may get larger for several days, then will slowly resolve. They do not cause discomfort or impaired function. If you feel your dog would benefit from a progress evaluation, call us or your primary vet.
How much does it cost for a dog ACL surgery?
The cost can vary from $1100 to upwards of $4500 depending on the surgery type and who is performing the procedure. In the end, the TPLO or TTA are going to be more expensive surgery options than the lateral suture technique but they may be a better option for your dog.
Should I ice my dog’s ACL tear?
First icing the knee 3-4 times per day for 10-15 minutes is helpful. You can make a very effective icepack using 2 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol in a Ziploc freezer bag.
What if my dog jumps after ACL surgery?
Do not allow your pet to run off leash until fully recovered. Otherwise, soft tissue injuries can be expected during recovery. Stairs, like jumping, will overstress the joint and inhibit repair.
How do you fix a dog’s ACL without surgery?
Conservative treatment options for a canine ACL tear include:
- Physical therapy.
- Chiropractic adjustments.
- Use of a leg brace.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Anti-inflammatory supplements.