We got 8-week clearance at 6 weeks! The vet says she's doing great and gave us the go ahead to walk her 1/4-1/2 miles twice a day. Plus, Kaz gets to go back on the couch again and can have free reign of the house.
It's week five after the surgery and I feel like we've hit a plateau. Kaz doesn't seem to be improving as noticeably as before. Mentally, she is ready to go. Physically, we are still seeing the limp and severe bow-leggedness in her right leg.
Here's a short clip of Kaz's walk, four weeks after the TPLO surgery. She is definitely WAY better than before the surgery, but she is still walking with her right leg tucked under her with a bit of a limp. We're hoping that limp and pigeon-toed-ness goes away after we continue to build up the muscle.
We had Kaz's 3 week check-up on Thursday and it went pretty much as expected. Dr. Lozier is pleased with how the incision is healing, but is a little concerned about some "thrusting" that is still happening in her right leg.
It takes a solid two weeks to settle into the new routine. This adjustment really makes everything better. Kaz has been feeling great and heals a little bit more every day. It's just a process. I think it takes a couple weeks to accept that and understand that this is your new (temporary) normal.
I think the first week is harder on the owners than the dogs. It only seemed like Kaz was affected for the first couple of days. Even then, she was only a little drowsy and occasionally uncomfortable looking. If it were up to her, she would be doing her pre-surgery routine of morning walks and jumping on the couch.
Kaz's recovery keeps coming along and gets better every day. We've gone down from 4 doses of codeine/day to 3 and have started using the sedative every day after she eats and goes to the bathroom. She seems to be more active this time around compared to when she had her left TPLO.
I spent the night on the floor with Kaz again and woke to a hungry, ready-to-go-outside pup. This morning she needed a little help getting started with eating. We started out with the bowl on the ground, close to her, then she managed to make it over to her stand and finish there.
I slept on the floor with Kaz last night and I was happy that around midnight she got up from the floor and got into her dog bed. She really didn't move around much after we got her home, so I'm glad she was able to put a little weight on the bad leg and get herself comfortable.
Kaz had her 2nd TPLO surgery yesterday. We dropped her off at 7:30am on Friday morning and then picked her up today (Saturday) at 11am. We received multiple updates throughout the day of her surgery - all with good prognosis. Today's post op appointment with Dr. Lozier and his tech all went well. They are very pleased with the surgery and expect a good outcome.