TTA Surgery Recovery – Week 1
Timber went in for TTA surgery on Tues March 9th, and the surgery went great. I picked her up on Wednesday, the staff said she a had a good night, she was so sweet, she was one of the quiet ones and she didn’t cry or bark. Her first day home was uneventful. She was just so happy to be home and see her brother Tucker (he is my 12 year old male shepard mix). She doesn’t seem to have much pain, her surgical line looks beautiful, and she has moderate bruising and some swelling. She is currently on anti-inflammatory meds, ABT, and pain meds (as needed). The hardest part was taking her to go potty, because she has to be on a leash (which she is not used to), so she would just stand there and stare at me!
Timber is toe touching by Day 3 following the TTA surgery. I think she sometimes forgets and actually puts weight on her leg, but then realizes that it’s still too sore. She has been eating and drinking without difficulty and chewing on her toys (she’s a great patient!!) I forgot to mention that she has taken over my powderoom, that is the only room on our first floor that we can keep her in. She has never been crated, and the other rooms have oversized doorways that we cant baby gait, so the bathroom it is…I think she really likes it!
It’s Saturday March 13, Day 4. We are in the middle of a severe rain/wind storm, so getting Timber to go potty is an obstacle. She wants nothing to do with going outside…UGH! Other than going potty she is doing very good. There is definitely a difference between the two recovery periods, even though she had a great recovery from the TPLO, she had much more discomfort, didn’t eat much, and wasn’t putting weight on her leg at this stage of the game. So far, so good!
Not much to report on Days 5 and 6. Oh yes there is – one thing, I wasn’t paying attention and I forgot to put the baby gait up and the little bugger walked up the entire flight of stairs!!! Mommy was not very happy but she seemed to be okay…thank god!