This is Riley, my 90 pound shorthair. He’s on point on one of our rehab walks. He’s had TPLO on both knees in the last four months. Probably due to his size and getting an average of 75 hunting trips the last five years plus all our romps in the spring.
Knee operation where they cut the femur and reshape the bone to replace the blown ligament that keeps the knee joint from sliding forward. I hope I explained it right. Riley looks like Wilt Chamberland compared to you and I when he stands next to a normal GSP.
This reply was modified 5 years, 6 months ago by tuckota.
Pat, Hopefuly Riley will be 100% mid season. We’ll just test him each day to see how is strength is at the beginning of the season and take it from there. His hunting partner, Dakota, is retired at age 13 so Riley will have to handle the season by himself. Next spring we’ll be looking for another solid liver GSP pup to take the load off Riley in the future.
Riley’s knees should be stronger than his normal knees. It’s just the process of rehabbing after about four months of down time. My ace in the hole is I have a big pond that my boys love to swim in and Riley can start swimming in two weeks.
Well, best of luck. Sounds like you’ve got all the pieces in place for a successful recovery.
I’ve got dog issues, too. My big setter, Toby, is 12 and only good for half day at best. Then he’s stove up for at least a day. My English pointer, Sadie, is 11, and though she’s in good shape, has an ankle that swells up whenever she works hard for more than an hour. If I didn’t have the young shorthair, Silky, I’d be seriously dog poor. Silky’s going to be great but at one year old, is still a little undependable.