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31 January 2012
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5 February 2012 - 9:57 am
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Hi-I was wondering about advice from those of you who have gone through the recovery period.  Rocky(90 lb lab mix) will be at 2 weeks post front right leg amputation on Tuesday!  We have been keeping him confined in our bedroom while we are at work and came home on Friday to find him out wandering about–he had climbed up & over the bed!   So-now need to find a different way to confine him as I am concerned he will get hurt jumping on & off the bed.   We are thinking about just leaving him so he can wander about(as he did pre-surgery) but a bit concerned because we do have another dog(5 year old).  Any thoughts about how long to confine post-op?



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5 February 2012 - 12:59 pm
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Do you have a way to section off a different part of the house?  I think you are smart to worry about him jumping off the bed.  Our family room looks like a recovery room right now, covered with sheets, towels and wee wee pads to catch the drainage from surgery.  She has figured out getting on the couch, but being a big girl of 155 lbs, she doesn't jump off, just sort of slithers off.  I imagine it would be the same for Rocky.   We're also lucky enough to have friends who are staying at the house during the day to make sure she gets her meds and takes it easy.  We also have another dog, and he's been pretty good about leaving her alone, but someone is always with her.  We're very lucky to not have to leave her alone.  I don't know what we would have done if we didn't have help.  You might want to think if there's someone in your life who could help who maybe doesn't know how much you need it.  Don't be afraid to ask. You never know who may say 'sure, I'll help'.  Best of luck.


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5 February 2012 - 1:54 pm
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You definitely want to prohibit any jumping around for at least two weeks, and keep it to a minimum after that.

Most people see a vast improvement once their pups are off the pain meds after about the 12-14 days. Consider blocking off a laundry room or large closet with a pet gate, or using a portable exercise pen to keep recovering dogs confined. You'll find more helpful dog recovery confinement posts in the Tripawds Gear blog .

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5 February 2012 - 5:00 pm
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Congrats on getting to the 2 week mark (almost). I only worried about tri-pug Maggie until her sutures came out at two weeks. She was a rear amp, and actually self regulated very well. Actually I had to encourage her to increase her activity.
You can probably relax a little when the sutures are out, but realize that Rocky will take awhile to build up his strength. I let Mag have the run of the house, including the dog door, at 2 weeks. But I did pull the steps I had made for her away from the furniture so she wouldn't try to get up or down without me. Of course that is a bit easier with a 17.5 pound pug!

Karen and the pugapalooza

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