I am a long time lurker on this site, and learned a lot from reading prior posts. I have a 4 yr.old bulldog named Olivia, who weighs 54lbs. She is very athletic, and loves to play. Last month she was diagnosed with bilateral Cruciate Ligament Disease in her hind knees. Diagnose was confirmed with Xrays. She is under the care of a Orthopedic Surgeon, who has been great. We had her 1st TPLO on her left knee, last Wednesday. She is already putting weight on her leg, and I am following my surgeons post op care exactly as written. Depending on her post follow up Xrays in 6 weeks, we are looking at having the other knee TPLO in January after the holidays.
I'd love to hear from other bully owners who've had TPLO or TTA surgery, and what they did for rehab? What are your thoughts on hydrotherapy (I'm agraid she will be so nervous)? Also, any suggestions on keeping her occupied? She was used to daily walking, and chasing squirrels in our backyard, so it kills me to see her stare out the window wanting to play outside!
Thanks for your replies,
Sharona and Olivia