Following these guidelines will help you and your pet have a safe recovery.
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
Your dog has had a procedure called a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) to repair his/her torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). You may have heard this ligament referred to as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This is the term used in people and is the same structure as the CCL in dogs. The following numerical list is a brief description the restrictions, care and what to expect post-operatively. Below that list is a more detailed description corresponding to the same numbers. If, however, this is unclear or you have any questions please call Veterinary Orthopedic Services at (801) 277-8777.
Licking is NEVER OK. Licking is bad for the incision and will prevent healing, or worse, cause the incision to open up and expose the surgery site to infection.
No Going Outside Off Leash
Keep your dog on a leash at all times when not in the house for 8 weeks. No doggie door. No letting him/her out in the backyard. No matter what time of day, no matter what the weather, he/she is on a leash at all times when outside for 8 weeks.