In an effort to help anyone out looking for canine ACL/CCL tears and TPLO information and advice I have made this post an index log to each different post regarding Brinkley Mastiff’s CCL tear and TPLO surgery. Please leave us a comment if our story helped you out in any way!
A Mastiffs Journey through Cranial Cruciate Ligament Surgery
In the Beginning... Well in less than 24 hours Brinkley will get dropped off for her TPLO surgery. I have deliberated back and forth, back and forth on whether to do the TPLO surgery or the Tightrope surgery on her and I have decided that I think the TPLO will yield the best results for the long term for her. Read More...
Preparing the House for a Mastiff
After TPLO Surgery
In preparation for Brinkley coming home this evening I spent the night last night cleaning the house up and getting everything post surgery ready. I bought two 3x5 rugs yesterday to go on the linoleum in front of the sliding door so she doesn’t slip when we go outside. Read More...
Home From the TPLO Surgery Center
Well I got Brinkley home.
She is doing well. The leg and incision both look good and she’s already bearing
weight on it a little. I don’t know what kind of dog food they fed her but MAN
does she have some nasty gas. Might be from the anesthesia, but it is deadly.
They gave me the basic instructions before they sent me on my way. No physical activity other than on a leash to potty only for the next two weeks. She is on the same dosages of pain killers as she was before, 150mg Rimadyl 2 x per day and 150mg of Tramadol 3 x per day. Read More...
2 Post-TPLO Surgery
Brinkley is still doing good, limping even
less today. She is using the leg much more than I anticipated. It’s already
getting difficult to keep her still. She wants to go out in the backyard and
play. I did get her Xanax prescription filled and was only going to give it to
her if need be, but after an hour of whining this afternoon she started getting
Still no luck ice packing her leg, but it really doesn’t seem to need it, so I’m not too stressed about that. Read
Mastiff - Walking on Day 8, Post-TPLO Surgery
All I have for today
is a quick video of Brinkley walking in the yard. Shawn is putting very minimal
pressure on her sling, just enough to keep the handles taunt. She looks pretty
good I think! (Click the article title to see the video)
Mischief Mastiff Collar... Plus Brinkley Day 11 TPLO
Well Brinkley gets her
stitches out tomorrow. Since she’s been so whiny and has been barking at us
because she doesn’t want to be in her x-pen anymore.... I found this ribbon a
while back, but it was out of stock everywhere online. I just happened across it the other day back in stock and super cheap, so I bought up several yards. Meet Brinkley's new collar. I just LOVE it! It is so fitting for her. Green is so her color too. Isn’t it adorable? Read
Range of Motion Exercises in Post TPLO Mastiff
For those keeping track,
we're now on day 13 post-TPLO. Brinkley’s appointment for her staple removal and
follow up/check up was yesterday. Per the surgeon she is doing very well. They
told me I didn’t need to be using the sling to help her walk anymore. She also got the go ahead to go on 2-3 five minute walks per day. We are also supposed to start the PROM. Read
I can’t believe it’s been nearly 3 weeks since
Brinkley’s surgery. As far as my personal opinion goes she is doing amazing. We
have been doing some PROM exercises each day, and our 2-3 five minute walks per
day are all going well. The only dilemma is that we've had some icy weather
lately, so instead of going in the back yard for our walks we walk circles in
the house through the living room, dining room and kitchen. Read
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