Around the end of April, I noticed a limp. Suddenly. I thought she had pulled a muscle, so I waited a couple of days. It didn’t go away, so off to the vet she went. They did an exam and determined she had a partial tear (maybe) in her CCL. Pain meds were prescribed for two weeks. After she was off of them for a week, the limp returned. So back on the meds she went for another two weeks. During that time, I had her on restricted activity and leash walk only.
One day while I had her out on her leash, she decided to go turbo and started running circles around me. Then, up went her bad leg and she completely stopped putting weight on it. I rushed her to the vet. During the exam, they determined that she completely blew out her CCL. Luckily, they had openings for surgery on Friday, and this happened on Wednesday night. Surgery went great, no complications. And she did have a complete tear.
So things had been going well post op. But one day I noticed a clicking or popping sound when she puts too much pressure on that bad leg (3 days post op). After her stitches were removed, the popping went away for the most part and would only return on occasion. I think once I built up her muscle a little, it help stabilize her knee.
By 12 weeks, I was pretty happy with her recovery. She was walking straight for the most part and her limp was minimal.
This past Friday marked 20 weeks post op. I feel Cora is at a stand still and has stopped improving. She walks pretty well with the occasional “bunny hop” if she gets ahead of herself or goes too fast. She only walks with a limp if she lays on her bad leg for too long. But for the most part, I’m happy with her walking. My concern is her weight distribution while standing still. I have noticed she is not equally distributing her weight on both legs. Rather than 50/50, it’s more like 40/60. Her good leg still has a lot more muscle than her TPLO leg, so maybe it just feels more natural to lean? I’m wondering if it’s more of a discomfort than a pain, too. Maybe it just feels weird to her? Her injury was acute, so she always had a great working leg prior to the injury, and it will never feel the way it did before.
My current plan of action is this:
-Continue fish oil and glucosamine
-Restart Meloxicam pain meds temporarily
-Increase her activity (walks and exercises)
-Add new exercises to her daily routine
-Continue to massage and do daily manipulation
-Follow up appointment is scheduled for the end of November (6 month mark)
Does anyone have any advice? Maybe you have gone through this, or know someone who has? I know every dog is different so it may take some dogs longer to recover than others. My anxiety is through the roof with this. I wish she could tell me what’s bothering her!! I’m just hoping that this is within the realm of “normal” recovery.