Preparing for Your Dog’s TPLO Surgery

Mar 22, 2018 | TPLO Recovery, TPLO Surgery

Preparing yourself and your home for TPLO aftercare can be a mental hurdle.  Typically, your veterinarian will give you information about the TPLO recovery timeline or a TPLO recovery guide at the time of discharge to help you know what to expect. It’s important to take the time to think about your daily routine to help determine how it will be altered, and what will be needed to make the recovery easier. Mental preparation is important, but so is having the proper resources to help your dog as much as possible. Here are some tips to think about in preparation for your dog’s TPLO surgery.

Preparing Your Home

Your TPLO recovery guide will let you know the importance of activity restriction immediately following the surgery. However, this is often easier said than done, as many dogs may try to get up and move around more than they should. It is important to provide a comfortable area for them to relax. It is also a good idea to invest in a gate or a large crate to limit the amount of space they have to walk around. You want to prevent any high impact activity around the home such as running through the house and jumping up and down off of furniture.  If you have children, it’s important to educate them as much as possible about your pet’s surgery and the importance of keeping their furry friend quiet so they can have the time they need to recover.

Helpful Items to Invest In

The TPLO recovery timeline spans approximately 8-12 weeks, which is difficult for you and your dog. Be sure to give them some items they can enjoy throughout the recovery. Things like a Kong or other items will keep them busy and keep their mind off of their immobility. You know your dog more than anyone, so give them what they enjoy to help ease the pain a bit.  Items like E-collars, slings, comfortable beds and crates can be invaluable to the chances of a successful outcome.

TPLO Info is here to help pet owners learn as much as possible about TPLO surgery and how it impacts dogs. Every dog is different in how they react to the surgery and recovery, but when you follow the TPLO recovery guide provided by your vet, you and your dog will have a much better experience. To learn more about your dog’s recovery visit our other post on what to expect after your dog’s TPLO surgery.

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