If your dog is recovering from a leg or spinal problem, then he or she will need some special care at home. Most of these dogs need to start with a combination of rest and slow walking. Physiotherapy is useful from early on during the rest period, but must of course be carefully supervised so as to adhere to safety and exercise guidelines. 

Exercise is then increased gradually. Your vet or surgeon may have given you an exercise programme to follow. At recheck time, the level of exercise is then adjusted depending on your dog’s progress. 

Here’s a list of some conditions that require careful exercise-restriction during recovery, even if your dog has not had an operation:

  • Cranial cruciate ligament disease
  • Disc disease (extrusion/ protrusion/ “slipped disc”/ IVDD)
  • Lameness due to patellar luxation (slipping kneecap)
  • Tendon injury
  • Fibrocartilaginous embolism/ “FCE”/ “Spinal stroke”
  • Fractures, non-surgical management
  • Muscle strains
  • Medial shoulder instability 

And here is a list of some operations requiring careful exercise-restriction during recovery:

    • Stifle surgery (lateral suture, TPLO, TTA, “cruciate repair” or patellar operation)
    • Fracture repair
    • Spinal surgery (for disc extrusion/ protrusion/ “slipped disc”/ IVDD/ lumbosacral stenosis)
    • Tendon or ligament repair
    • Elbow surgery (e.g. for elbow dysplasia)
    • Excision arthroplasty (e.g. femoral head & neck excision)
    • Joint replacement (e.g. total hip replacement)

NB: The above lists are not exhaustive. 

Getting advice

For general advice on helping your dog through recovery, feel free to explore the practical tips on this website. A good place to start is at the introduction page accessed by clicking here. This website also contains guides to crate rest, room rest, IVDD, and many further links via those pages. For a summary on recovery from cruciate ligament disease, click hereYou may also like to look through the Frequently Asked Questions page. If you need advice specific to your own dog, then I suggest that you book a consultation appointment. 

Booking an appointment

To book a veterinary assessment and physiotherapy session with The Rehab Vet (Herts, UK) please use the contact form or call or text on 07852 625317. Please note that this number is for appointments only and is not an advice line. I offer home visit appointments, when appropriate, for dogs and cats living near me in North Herts, UK. Video consultations are available for both local and distant patients. 

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