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Petra having TPLO on remaining back leg
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25 October 2020 - 9:20 pm
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Anytime! Keep us posted.

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Even though Petra isn’t  making the progress you were  wanting at this point, I’m  not sure that it’s more about your “expectations” versus  her not being where she should be at four weeks.

Has Petea been back for a follow up with the Surgeon yet?  If I recall, Frankie (the tripawd) and Merry Myrtle (the four legger) had a check up then, and supposed to have another one at eight weeks (I think xrays were suggested at eight weeks).

As you may recall, Frankie had surgery on one rear leg, then another TPLO on the other remaining  leg.  In the meantime the first surgery eventually  failed, so his other TPLO leg, and his one remaining  front leg, are carrying the load.

I’m on a kind  of bounce around a bit, but I do recall being quite worried about   Frankie not using himself very effectively for awhile when he had the first surgery.   It seems that the second surgery on the other back leg had a vit of a speedier recovery than the first.  Guessing it just depends  on to what degree the repairs have to be made based on the extent  of the damage.

Now. my  four legger had TPLO surgery  on one  of her back legs in July.  Obvioisly this is not a comparison to your Petra’s situation, but FWIW, her recovery took much longer.than Frankie’s!  She would hold that leg up off and on for three to four weeks.  Even now, that leg is not 100%…close, but jist the very, very slightest not quite.

I guess the point I’m trying to ,ale is that Petra doesn’t  have the “lizury” per se, of holding g that leg up every now and then, or still limping a little as the TPLO surgery settles in.  Petra pretty much “has” to use it to some degree and it makes sense that she’s still not using that leg but so much at this point.

I’m probably  clear as mud and confusing you  bouncing back between Frankie and Myrtle. ..  While. neither situation is an exact duplicate of Petra’s, hopefully you can see that at four weeks, there’s still a lot of room for improvement  to take place! 

IF I recall, the water treadmill was NOT of value to Frankie at all.  I only tried it once with him, but I could tell with my very untrained eye and things just weren’t lining up right for his gait.   So water therapy is not for every TPLO surgery,

Also, IF I recall, .Rehab for the surgery leg itself was more about range of motion type things.  Myrtle’s Ortho Surgeon wasn’t  too concerned at all about anything additional.  Plus, he said many times, ROM done wrong is far more damaging  than ROM not done at all!

One more thing to add, Myrtle’s personality is laid back and focused on non stip petting g and cuddling.  Frankie’s personality  is non stop wild and crazy p,at full out all the time personality.   Now, he’s slowed down a lot obviously  with basically diminished leg capacity, but he still has bursts of “full out” crazy, but has to rest a lot afterwards.

What’s  Petra’s personality  like?  A couch potato will take their time recovering.  A high energy dog may speed it up a bit.

I guess the wholempoint is to reassure  you again that their is still plenty  of room for improvement  to happen.  And I do believe  absolutely  that she will get that leg stronger!  Four weeks in her case is probably  like the first  week for a four legger!

Sending extra hugs 

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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26 October 2020 - 10:23 pm
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Sally you are so pawesome, THANK YOU for mentioned so many excellent details and especially the hope for better days ahead. I totally agree that personality has so much to do with the timeframe for any recovery.

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Yes, thank you, Sally, hearing about your experiences is reassuring. Petra had dissolvable sutures so our first follow up with surgeon will be at the 8 week mark. I did reach out earlier this week to see if she should be evaluated sooner given the slow recovery, but surgeon said that recovery for dogs who had a CCL tear plus a meniscus tear tend to lag a few weeks behind those who were only had a CCL tear. He said we should wait for the 8 week follow up. So that helped ease my mind, too.

I’m really torn about whether to invest in a wheelchair . I’m worried about spending a lot of money for something that may not even work for us. Part of me thinks I should wait at least until the 8 week mark and see where we are at and the other part thinks a wheelchair might help with her recovery. She’s so out of sorts, especially at night, and I‘m guessing part of that is the lack of exercise/boredom. The level of care/help she needs is taking a toll on me—she has not been able to walk unassisted for 7 weeks at this point and I am the only human in the house! She’s just been a different dog since the surgery, extremely and loudly vocal, especially when I’m in one of the many zoom meetings my work has each week, lol! So my motivation is helping Petra AND helping myself get through this period the best way possible.

This too shall pass and I know from other forums that TPLO recovery can be grueling even for the four-leggers. Thanks for much for y’all’s enduring support here for me and all the other tri-parents!

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P.S. Petra is pretty chill, too, but going for (short) daily walks was what truly brought her joy— she lived for those walks —for prior to this injury. So that is also why I’m surprised by the slow recovery, because I think if she COULD do more, she def would.

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28 October 2020 - 12:54 pm
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I’m so glad your surgeon helped put your mind at ease. Yes, TPLO recovery is way harder than amputation recovery. In fact we tell new members of prospective Tripawds that if you’ve been through TPLO recovery, you can totally handle amputation recovery.

I would wait on the wheelchair . Also consider that unless your home is very open, has wide hallways and such, a wheelchair usually isn’t realistic inside the home. They are good for outdoors, but even then, it takes time to introduce the dog to it, and dogs can’t stay in it for more than a few minutes at a time in the early stages. They also usually can’t potty in a wheelchair .

Instead, how about checking out dog strollers? A stroller can get Petra out into the world a bit. You can push her to her favorite place where she can get out and sniff, get some exercise. Then you can take her home in the chariot. We love the stroller we got Wyatt and wish we would have done it years ago. It really opened up his world. 

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Thanks, I will give the stroller a try.

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Okay, sending you a cyber (((((((hug))))))).  Tjos is sooooo hard on so many levels, but ESPECIALLY  if it’s just uou soing the caregiving.  I can relate ever so well.  And in my case, I’m  …hmmm….”seasoned” and with bad knees!

I know emotionally  you are exhausted,  as well as  physically.  I found eating chocolate and stuffing my face with ice cream sis wonders!

When you mentioned  the meniscus, that reminded  me,   and if I recall correctly, that in both of Frankie’s TPLOs the meniscus had not been destroyed prior to surgery. In Merry Myrlte’s case (my four legger), I did try a conservative  approach at first, then it tore completely.  As I was trying to figure out how to come up with the monies, the Surgeon warned me that the meniscus could rupture (think that was the right word) and it would make things worse.

I may be a little fuzzy in all that, but it makes sense what your Vet is saying.

Now, do you know if he left the meniscus in or took it out?  Guess it sort of sounds like the meniscus is still in and the surgery done is to heal that roo?  My question  probably  makes  no sense, but it seems like in Frankie’s first surgery (which was the “fishing  line” surgery the meniscus was not taken out.  

I think Jerry’s suggestion about a stroller ,at be a tem answer for you.  Actuall, from ecerything  we’ve seen here, dogs seem to really take to them quickly and seem to recognize  the benefits

STAY CONNECTED!!!   Lean on us, okay?  This DOES get better!!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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Big news: Petra started walking again this week!! We are 12 weeks post-op as of tomorrow, so it’s been a long haul but we are finally on the other side. She still wants help some of the time and needs to build up strength so we will go slow but it is such exciting progress. Also, she is coming up on her one-year amp-ivversary on 12/21! So we have much to celebrate and be grateful for this year despite the hardships. Wishing all of you happy holidays!

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YAAAAAAAY FOR PETRA….AND YOU TOO!!!!   BEST CHRISTMAS  PRESENT EVER!!!🎄🎄   

TO accomplish  this milestone is HUGE!!   You stayed the course and overcame a monumental  challenge.  It had to be incredibly  hard, emotionally  and physically.   You stayed pawsitive and confident  and focused on the goal.  

This is a success story on so many levels.  You and Petra will continue  to inspire anyone who faces this hurdle.  Never doubt  what a tripawd can accomplish!!

Have a wonder and very Merry Christmas!  And extra YAAAAY for ONE YEAR AMPUVERSARY  coming up!!

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WOW! That is such a terrific pupdate! smiley_clap GO TEAM PETRA!

Going through a remaining leg surgery recovery for a Tripawd is NOT easy. I’m sure you had your moments of uncertainty and worry but look at Petra now, she’s a total rock star! smiley10

What were some of the challenges you faced during the last 12 weeks? And how did you overcome them? Just curious and no rush on answering, I’d love to update our Remaining Leg Surgery article with Petra’s story at some point.

Spoil that girl rotten, one year AND a TPLO is a remarkable accomplishment! You guys ROCK!

We would loooove to see photos of her! If you’re unsure how adding images works, just send me some and I will share them for you here.

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Aw, thanks ladies, for sharing our excitement! Let’s see if I can post a couple pics 

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Here’s a video of her first fully upright steps earlier this week! (Can’t seem to embed it so link to YouTube)

I will give some thought to the challenges and write more about that soon!

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That mug melts my heart everytime!!  I just love Petra!!!  ❤  She is truly a feisty little Inspirational  Miracle Dog!!!👍

Have a few happy tears and  chills head to toe when I saw the video of her taking some steps ….and those steps are a HUGE VICTORY!!!👏👏👏👏

I know you are sooooo proud of her.  And we are beaming with pride for both of you!!!

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WOOOHOOO! Oh wow wow wow she looks great! Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve added Petra’s video to our YouTube playlist for Tripawds recovering from remaining leg surgeries, this is so helpful. Feel free to add more anytime!

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