A quick recovery time is critical for dogs. Dogs don’t understand why they’re injured, or how to take care of an injury – all they know is that they are in pain. So the less time your dog spends in pain, the better.
TPLO usually has a recovery time of about 10 to 12 weeks. Recovery times for MMP are significantly shorter.
While in recovery, both allowing your dog proper time to rest, and limiting physical activity is vital. Your dog should not have access to stairs. It should be prevented from running and jumping. Though it can be difficult, please ensure your dog is kept on a leash for 6 weeks after surgery. This is to make sure that they don’t re-injure their knee with unexpected movements.
Within just 2 days of MMP Surgery, your dog will begin to put some weight on their leg while walking. Over this period, please keep an eye out for any infections, and prevent your dog from licking the area by having them wear a cone.
Roughly 2 weeks after the surgery, the sutures can be removed. From here on, you can take your dog for gentle and slow walks of 5-10 minutes periodically across the day. Your dog should grow comfortable walking on their surgical leg.
After 3 or 4 weeks, you will be able to gradually increase your dog’s activity.
After 5 to 6 weeks, we will do an x-ray to make sure everything is healing according to plan. Once we confirm your dog is on track to recovery, you can walk your dog up to 30 minutes, and start letting them off leash. However, they should only be off leash for about 5 minutes and only as long as there are no other dogs or distractions around.
12 weeks after surgery, your dog should be able to resume pre-injury activity levels.