Restriction Recommendations

During the first eight weeks, we are completely relying on the implants (plate and screws) to stabilize the surgery site. It takes a minimum of eight weeks for bones to heal and good scar tissue to form. This process can take longer in geriatric pets or those with other systemic health conditions.


  • Your pet should be confined to a kennel or small room until radiographs show good bone healing.
  • Any running (inside or outside), jumping on or off furniture, or playing could lead to severe complications.
  • At approximately eight weeks following surgery X-rays will need to be taken by your veterinarian to verify complete bone healing before returning to normal activity. The implants are designed to stay in for life. However, if pain, infection, or irritation occurs we can easily remove these implants.

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