TTO Surgery for Dogs – Coco The Chocolate Lab’s Story
Coco is doing fine. She is now putting her foot to the floor for balance although she is not putting her full weight on it.
She has just undergone her 2-week review and had the stitches removed. She has a further check up in 2-weeks time and then x-rays to see how everything is healing.
The hardest thing i have found to date after the initial blood bruising and swelling stage, is keeping her calm and her mind active for the first 30 days that she has to be caged.
We play hide and seek with her throughout the day with dog treats and 2 egg cups. If she finds the treat she gets the reward, very simple but very effective, after being cooped up in a cage all day.
Although on a light food prior to the operation, due to the lack of exercise and to prevent weight gain, Coco’s current diet consists of 1 tin of chappie (vet recommended) with boiled carrots and white cabbage per day.
The following post operative TTO surgery details are taken straight from the aftercare notices that were given to us on the day of Coco’s operation:
1-30 days after TTO
1 – No steps, stairs, jumping on to beds or chairs.
2 – No slippery floors.
3 – On the lead at all times while outside.
30 – 45 days after TTO
start lead exercise only
1st day 3 x 5 minute walks, then increase each walk by 2 minutes each day
so day 2 3 x 7 minute walks, day 3 = 3 x 9 minute walks an so on
45th day 3 x 35 minute walks
45-60 days after TTO
stay at 3 x 35 minute walks
review and x-ray (radiographs)
60 – 90 days after TTO
can have increasing off the lead exercise on flat ground, stay away from ditches, dykes, embankments and wooded areas
DO NOT engage in any stick, ball or frisbee games
90 days+ after TTO
Coco’s TTO Surgery Photos
TTO 4 Week Recheck
She had a slight click in her knee, but we were told not to worry at this stage. She no longer has to be caged, but we choose to do so because we have another Labrador and when playing together they can be quite boisterous so we are currently not taking any chances.
Coco started her 5 min walks after her 4 week check up and is now on 21 minutes 3 times per day, flat ground only and on her lead, she is thoroughly enjoying her new found freedom. Although her full weight is still not put on her injured leg, she has not once raised her leg off the ground.
At the checkup the vet measured the tops of her thighs, there is currently 6.5cm between her right and left. We have been told although this will improve over the next few months it will never be the same size as the other leg.
Coco has adapted really well to her current routine and the restrictions do not appear to have affected her at all. It’s the over anxious owners that appear to be the cause of any disruptions in her routines.
When you feel her leg, you can feel the screws and the plate. We were told this is ok and quite normal and her fur, which is growing back nicely and will make this less noticeable.
She goes back in one month for x rays, to review how the surgery has healed.