Discharge Instruction Highlights
1: Keep your pet on a leash at all times when outside until Dr. Anurova or Dr. Anurov or a member of our staff instruct you otherwise.
2: Read the discharge instructions provided to you, especially the part on wound care.
3: Make scheduled recheck appointments.
4: Use our office as the only resource when it comes to answering questions regarding your pet’s surgery.
5: Inform other family members of the plan for the care of your pet: especially the no off leash part!
6: Try to incorporate our recommendations with the least stress to your dog and your family. Call our office for advice if you are having a difficult time following our recommendations.
7: The office is staffed continuously from 9:30 AM Monday until 8 pm Friday and 9:30 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday and you can call anytime to ask questions. If you call on Sunday and leave a message, we will return the call as soon as we can.
8: Use the E-collar (“cone”) we provide to stop your pet from licking the incision.
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Care At Home Highlights
POST OPERATIVE CARE AFTER FRACTURE REPAIR
1. Exercise Restrictions
Leash walk to urinate and defecate until radiographs have been made that show adequate fracture healing. We recommend an x-ray be taken at eight weeks.
The first 4-6 weeks are critical: it is imperative that no off leash activity is allowed. Try to restrict your pet to a crate, pen or small area within the house. Try to avoid allowing him/her unrestricted access to places where he/she may slip or fall (stairs, slippery floors). You may need to support your pet with a rolled up towel slung in front of the hind legs, as you are walking him/her. Provide a non-slip surface for your pet to walk on. Remember that your pet will probably want to use the leg more than they should, especially at around 1-2 weeks after surgery. The repair should withstand controlled walking on the leg, but only to go to the bathroom. Generally, after six weeks, it is safe to let your pet walk on a leash for 5-15minutes. It is highly recommended that you make an appointment after surgery for sedation and x-rays, the recommended time for x-rays is written on separate discharge instructions. Because your pet may need to be sedated for this procedure, do not feed him/her after 10 pm the night before, water is OK. Allow up to 2 hrs for the recheck X-ray.
2. Wound Care
The incision and associated surgery site may become very swollen over the next few days. Some of the swelling may move down the leg, which is normal. Also, you will notice bruising that may become very dark red, and spreads out away from the skin incision. All this is normal. You should become concerned that your pet may have an infection IF:
A: the wound becomes very swollen or discharges a yellow or green material
B: your dog suddenly stops using the leg or becomes very depressed or lethargic.
3. Basic Bandage Care
POST OPERATIVE CARE OF DOGS AFTER CRANIAL CRUCIATE LIGAMENT SURGERY
WEEK 1: When you are not at home – keep in a crate, pen, small room- bedroom or utility room or bathroom. When you are at home, it is preferable to keep your pet confined. It is essential to keep him/her on a LEASH when going to the bathroom. Going up and down stairs to go outside is OK as long as you have him/her on a leash. It is OK if your pet wants to get on a sofa or the bed as long as the distance to jump is 50-75% of the height of your pet from his toes to the point of his shoulder blades.
WEEK 2: The same as week 1, except that it is OK to let your pet do more in the house when you are home. This means he/she can follow you around, move at will from room to room. You must block off any stairs or area where he/she may gain access to the outside.
WEEK 3: The same as week 1-2 except, you can allow 5-10 minute leash walks; hold your pet back a little to force them to pull against you. This will allow them to start to toe touch or begin to use the leg. You can leash walk once or twice daily for 5-10 minutes each time. When you are not at home, it is generally safe to allow your pet free access in the house- except you must block off stairs or avoid free access to the outdoors
WEEK 4: The same as weeks 1-3 except you can allow swimming for 10-15 minutes once or twice daily. A pool will work best rather than a lake or beach. Do not allow your pet to jump in the water- assist him or her in or out. If you do not have the opportunity to allow swimming, continue with leash walking at 10-15 minutes twice daily. Swimming can be done in addition to walking or instead of it.
WEEKS 5, 6 and 7: The same as week 4, except you, can allow swimming for 20-40 minutes once or twice daily and or leash walking for 20-40 minutes once or twice daily. STILL NO OFF-LEASH ACTIVITY
WEEK 8: We recommend a recheck at our clinic at this time. Plan on it taking 10-30 minutes.