Hey all!! I heard that it takes 8 weeks for full recovery, and durin that time, no running or jumping. my question is: HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?? When my dog sees me, the first thing he does is jumpin for joy! then runs around like crazy! How can i possibly avoid that?? Please, if you have experience, pleas help!!
i can understand what you are going through, with our boxer chloe she had torn the acl in her knee and had to have surgery and recovery in her case took a few months and i though id have some kind of breakdown during that period but we made it there was a point in the beginning where the vet gave us meds to keep her quiet since she like all boxers are very active and jumpy, but we still had to watch her everymove like trying to jump on the bed, couch, running outside etc...i found that kongs and big big bones helped to quiet her down some. good luck
I'll weigh in on this one too. Had a boxer girl, Roxy, who had both knees (ACL) done. The first when she was a year and the second at three years. It's hard to contain a puppy's enthusiasm (especially a boxer) but we managed by gating off stairways so she wouldn't attempt them when we weren't around. At a year she needed the crate when we weren't home but at three she was fine as long as we restricted her to the main floor and put stuff on the sofa and chairs when we were not around so she wouldn't climb. Initially we had no visitors to avoid the excitement and jumping. We were advised to leash walk only to the street to do her business and slowly increase the length of walks over the weeks. No off leash time outside. If any stairs had to be done to get outside we were shown how to use a towel as a sling to support and lift her backside so no pressure was on her knee. Interestingly the surgeon who did the first one did not advise "physio". The surgeon for the second surgery gave us some exercises to help get range of motion back. Having had an ACL repair myself (isn't it funny how sometimes the medical conditions we have are mirrored in our dogs?) It was a slow recovery and the therapy helped to get motion and strength back. It will take longer than the eight weeks for a full recovery but each week gets easier. Good luck and keep us posted.