Monday, June 30, 2014

TPLO Surgery

On June 17 Maggie had TPLO surgery on her left back knee. Not one but two were torn in that knee when the surgeon got it open. We thought it was just the ACL. What they do now, they reposition the knee with an implant. When we went to pick her up Wednesday evening, we were told that two ligaments were torn instead of one. It took Puppy and a Tech to load her in the Tahoe. Luckily Prince got home about the same time we did and he and Puppy got her out of the truck. The first night we put the cone of shame on her and let her stay in our room. She ran that cone into every piece of furniture and moaned and groaned all night, I then made the decision that we would not stress her out any more than necessary. Thus, during the day she laid in this corner of the kitchen and someone stayed on the brown lounge chair and made sure she did not lick the area and get it infected. Around ten each night I would put her cone of shame on and she would spend the night in the laundry room. Her movement has to be confined for three months. 
The first three days after surgery, we applied ice 3 times a day to the area and she has 2 sets of medicine to be given at different times. After the ice came heat (see the blue item on the stool) for 3 days and we did that at least 2 times a day. 
Maggie would let us hold the ice and heat on her for the time needed without giving us any grief. When she started to lick, all we had to say was NO Maggie and she would stop. Today we will have her stitches out and hopefully they will stop one of the medicines. Then we might get to start walking her for 5 minutes at different times. 
Bandit has not bothered Maggie as I think she realizes that the big black dog is healing. At least that is what I hope. 
The Kitty Justice is that Maggie is the BEST PATIENT on the hill. 

5 comments:

Lee said...

Awwwwww....poor Maggie. It's stressful watching our pets suffer. I hope she's back fit and well very soon. Give her a big, long pat for me, Miss Kitty. :)

DUTA said...

Your and your family's care for Maggie is very moving!
I wish her a quick recovery!

Small City Scenes said...

Good for Maggie. She is a real trooper. She knows all you want to do is help her. MB

Changes in the wind said...

Wow what an ordeal for dog and owners but hope it fixes the problem and she will be good as new.

Lady Di Tn said...

Lee
The vet told us to keep doing what we were doing. We go back for Xrays in a month and a half and then we can start walking her five mins at a time and not just take her out for potty breaks. Peace

Duta
She is the smartest and best dog I have ever had so I must do all I can to get her back up on her feet without pain. Peace

MB
I was amazed at how well she let us take care of her and she is still doing the same. Her walking is getting better with less of a limp. Peace

Monica
The vet warned us before the surgery that our jobs afterwards would be the hardest. She knew what she was talkin about. Peace