This is Tilly’s second knee ligament repair. For her second ACL surgery we chose TPLO. Her left hind leg was done in 2006, and our Vet told us that her right leg had a predisposition to this type of injury, and she has the scars to prove it!
This last surgery came about because we noticed her favoring her left leg, and decided to let her rest and restricted her activity for two weeks. We were noticing her getting better, but then came the HUGE snowstorm!!! Tilly is in heaven when playing in snow, so it was only a matter of time… Lo and behold our lovable and playful doggie was lame. She could put no weight on her leg, and alas, the Vet recommended surgery for her repair.
We took Tilly in on Monday for the operation, she stayed overnight and was able to come home on Tuesday morning. Our home is an upside down house which means our living area is upstairs so it was a challenge the first two days to heft her 90lb. butt up and down that back deck stairs for her to do her business. She did not poop until two days home (4 days after surgery) and when she did she seemed much relieved as we were. Tilly is still recovering and we will keep you informed. We believe rest and love will have Tilly back on her feet and playing in the snow and on the beach in no time.
4 Week Update:
Tilly was doing great and then another snow storm came and her outside brakes were a bit harder to maneuver and she twisted her bad leg. Doc says she just needs more time to recover and so it is a slow process. She is putting weight on her injured leg now so we are glad about that. No more helping her up our staircases!! I am glad it happened in the winter because come spring she will be raring to get into the ocean.