Reasons Post Surgery Rehabilitation for Dogs is Important
Following a major surgery such as Cruciate Ligament Surgery, physical therapy helps put your dog back to his old self fast. A post surgery rehabilitation protocol insures that your dog heals properly and achieves maximum range of motion and flexibility possible. Oftentimes, aggressive post surgical rehab makes the difference in whether or not surgery is successful.
Video Showing Post Surgery Rehabilitation for Dogs: Cruciate Ligament Surgery
This video shows you how to perform post surgery rehabilitation exercises for a dog recovering from Cruciate Ligament Surgery. This exercise should be started 24 hours after surgery. It WILL hurt!! Your dog’s knee will be painful. Do NOT get bit!! This video shows you a simple, straightforward range of motion exercise.
The biggest problem owners face is determining how aggressively to perform these exercises. My answer is the following: these exercises should be done as much as you can do them, but minimally three times per day take the limb through the full range of motion that your pet allows.
In other words, flex and extend the limb to the point of pain then stop. Each day you should be able to get a little bit further.
By following these rehabilitation recommendations, you will see a dramatic improvement in return to function, maintenance of muscle mass, and ultimately a better outcome from the surgical procedure.