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The cranial cruciate ligament is one of the most important stabilizers inside the canine knee joint, the middle joint in the back leg.

 Surgical treatment is typically the best treatment for CrCLD since it is the only way to fully control the instability present in the knee joint. 

If your dog is about to undergo TPLO surgery, there are things you can do now to heighten the chance of your dog making a full recovery. 

Step 1:Preparing For The Homecoming

Just a few tips to ensure a safe home environment

Getting The Houe Ready

It is important to have a plan on how and where you are going to restrict or confine your dog during this crucial post-operative period. Quality rest is as important as having a good therapy plan. Many owners incorporate one to the following

  • Dog Crate

  • Gated Area

  • Room Confinement

No Jumping !!!!

It is extremely important to not allow your dog to jump. Overextension of the Knee joint could compromise surgery and the healing process. Please remember:

  • NO Jumping on or off the couch

  • NO Jumping on or off the bed

  • NO Jumping on or off you

  • NO Jumping on, off or up on anything

No Stairs !!!!

Stairs, just like jumping, are to be avoided, as this can also overstress the joint and inhibit repair. In the early stages, immediately after surgery and until your veterinarian says it is okay, it is extremely important that you do what you can to prevent your pet from going up and down the stairs. But, if this is unavoidable for whatever reason, you need to take the following precautions.

  • ​Restrict - Make sure that your dog is on a leash before you open any doors, so you can keep your dog under control.

  • Support - Using a towel as belly support or a purchased harness/belly support, try t take as much weight as possible of the knee joint.

  • Limit - Block of any potential hazards, like stairs or steps or slippery floors. 

No Play Time !!!!

We all know it is great to play with our dogs and see them playing with friends, it is not a good idea until you have been given the green light from your vet.

Flooring !!!!

This is another very important precaution to bear in mind. Wood floors, tile, lino etc. can all be very slippery to your recovering pet. Consider putting down some rugs with rubber backing or even yoga mats to make it easier for your dog.

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