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TPLO Surgery Recovery Time – Wrigley

TPLO Recovery TimeWrigley had TPLO surgery on her right leg in March 2012.

Initially her recovery was slow, but after 52 days was off the couch and going up the stairs to our bedroom and walking like there was nothing wrong.

In June 2012 she blew the ligament in her left leg. We’re day 33 into recovery and she doing very well. This time she used her leg right away. She didn’t seem to have as much discomfort post op. It’s amazing how different both recoveries have been.

Both procedures were done by the same surgeon at the same clinic. Every dog is different, and every time recovery is different. Don’t panic and worry if your dog isn’t recovering as fast as you read others have. They’re just experiencing it differently.

Why I Chose TPLO

Wrigley is a 7 yr old Golden retriever. TPLO has the fastest recovery time. At her age I didn’t want something that would have a long drawn out recovery period that would age her faster (pain,, stress, etc.) – especially since she didn’t have a single white hair before surgery and many have grown in since the first.

Recovery Time for TPLO

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7 Responses to TPLO Surgery Recovery Time – Wrigley

  1. april August 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    The 2nd TPLO was so much easier than the 1st. My dog healed 2 weeks faster. I think weather(summer vs. winter) and knowing what was going on helped. He is 1 yr post-op 2nd leg comes on 8-24-12. He walks a little bowlegged now but healthy as can be. My 6 year old 41 pound puggle. 1st leg post-op is 12-28-10.

    • Emory July 4, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      My dog just had her second tplo yesterday. Good to hear your dog is doing so well. Gives me hope. I have noticed this one already seems easier on her.

      Your best comment was about the bow legged. I notic d that a bit on her first surgery leg.

      • Ken Bauchman August 3, 2015 at 5:04 am #

        Hi Emory, our 7 yr old poochie has his first of two tplo surgeries this coming Friday. A bit nervous but preparing to initiate great post op care. I appreciate all the posts and information, certainly lends some comfort to this nervous, worrisome time. How is your doggie doing now? Any tips you can share with the post op care? Ty.

        • April August 4, 2015 at 6:36 am #

          If your dog isn’t already crate trained then you’ll want to pick up one that is a size to big and has the side door. Make sure you have 2-3 people for picking up your pup. The driver and 2 others to help him get as comfortable as possible on the drive home. (Super hard.)
          The 1st couple of week’s I slept on the floor beside my dog in his new crate b/c he wasn’t crate trained. Make sure to give the pills like clockwork. Don’t expect him to poop for a couple of day. Take out to the bathroom more often b/c for the 2nd surgery I didn’t and my dog peed himself twice.You will have to hand feed and give ice cubes to help keep hydrated.
          I kept my dog on a dog bed on the floor attached to a leash. I spent 95% of my time with him since I didn’t have a job which worked out well.
          Fast Forward 4 years we are post op for both surgeries. He’s doing great and the lower I keep his weight the better. I have been giving joint supplments the last month and 1/2 b/c he’s gained weight. The only thing is he waddles when he walks other than that his legs are good for having both TPLO’s.
          Anything else feel free to ask.

          • Ken Bauchman August 4, 2015 at 8:14 am #

            Hi April, ty so much for the reply! Our main man Mikey is crate trained, however, we are going to use a corral versus his crate, its just easier to get him in and out. I do understand that this instruction will be given to us by our surgical staff, but I’m curious how soon after post-op did you start to ice/cold pack and do prom?

            Everything else we are confident that we will care for him well during post-op, sadly due to work we will have to put him in daycare. But our vet is so great, they will assist us with some of the post-op rehab.

            I really appreciate your time, if you have any tips or thoughts you find helpful, by all means share. Ty Ty!


  2. Barbara August 17, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    My 2 year old labrador Piper is almost 8 weeks into her second TPLO surgery. She had her first 18 weeks ago. She came home from the first not using the leg for a week and slowly came around and did very well. At 10 weeks we had the other leg operated on and she came home three days later using both legs perfectly! I attributed it to her now having a stable leg to rely on. When she came home the first time she had a torn ligament in the other leg and wasn’t stable at all.
    She hasn’t grown the hair in on this last leg as quickly though. The hardest part is keeping her calm and contained and not letting her run or play or climb the stairs by herself. She just turned 2 four weeks ago! She has been on a leash and quiet watch for 18 weeks now and we have at least 6-8 weeks to go! AAgh! THIS is the hard part. We go in for xrays on Tuesday and hopefully all will be great and we can get the OK to start the rehab process.
    TPLO was the only way to go for our very young and active 80lb English lab! Hopefully she will have many years ahead of her to run and play with all of her friends.

    • Ken Bauchman August 3, 2015 at 5:09 am #

      Hi Barbara, thank you for your post! Our lil guy Mikey goes in for his first leg, both require tplo, this coming Friday. I’m so concerned about his post op care, be it, he doesn’t have the other leg for support. I’ve already purchase every harness there is, and plan to support his hind like we’ve been doing. Any tips or thoughts you can share for our journey to recovery? thx again..nervous but inspired by all the posts to get my guys tap shoes back on!

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