Cruciate repair - What happens after surgery?

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Follow-up after surgery

We need your dog to be confined indoors for the first 3-4 weeks after surgery, only going out for normal toileting. Walking around inside is good but we should avoid jumping up onto chairs, beds etc and avoid stairs if possible.

  • After 2 weeks we should see your dog to remove sutures and reassess progress.
  • After 4 weeks we may want to re- x-ray the leg to check all is well. At this stage you should exercise your dog by taking it for lead walks only from ten to twenty minutes a day, building up over the following 8 weeks.
  • After this time we should reassess your dog’s progress again with an appointment made at the clinic. Hopefully the bones will be healed by this stage and you will be able to let your dog off lead.