Recovery From Canine Luxating Patella Surgery – It's NOT As Easy As It May Seem

March 14, 2018

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Your dog has had successful surgery for a luxating patella (dislocating knee cap / trick knee / floating kneecap). He's passed the zonked out from medications period and even with the cast on to hold the knee rigid, he seems to be navigating quite nicely.

Feels like smooth sailing from this point on, does not it? Maybe not. It depends if you know a few very important points about recovery from trick knee surgery.

Simon's Case

As an example of what can happen (cause I too thought recovery would be a breeze), let's talk about my handsome pup Simon – true to his cockapoo mix, he is a sweet, affectionate, and easily trained animal.

When he was a year old, he had trick knee surgery. And everything went fine – the bandage and suture removal were routine – no infection. He did develop a bump at the suture site, but that disappeared after a few weeks. Post surgery visits to the veterinary surgeon were also routine.

But then – about week 4 of the ten-week recovery period – sweet Simon began to show classic behavior problems. Excessive barking and whining were a few issues that started up. And curious, puppy biting crept into his play. This last item was particularly troublesome because I had been careful to address biting, a common puppy phenomenon, early in his development.

Why Behavior Problems?

As unacceptable as this situation sounds, it is perfectly understandable. Here's a dog who has to be constrained so he does not damage surgical repairs. Simon was confined in a pen or room so that he could not run, jump, or play with the other dog in the family. It's unfortunate that the vets who dictate post-surgery recovery rules fail to explain what might happen as a result of enforcing these rules.

In case you are not yet familiar with post-surgery restrictions, here are Simon's:

No stair climbing.
No running.
No jumping on people or furniture.
No playing with other pets.

These rules serve a purpose by protecting the healing canine knee, but they also implicate confinement and inactivity.

At the time his behavior changed, Simon had been couped up for three to four weeks. True, we paid attention to him, carried him in and out of the house for "bathroom breaks," walked him once a day, and made sure he had plenty of toys.

Clearly, it was not enough. I increased the walks so that he would get tired (and not gain weight) and spend time re-directing the biting to a more acceptable action, like playing with a special toy. The barking and whining also were addressed by diversioning the unacceptable behavior.

42 Comments

  • amirna2011 March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Indipendentemente dagli ostacoli sulla tua strada, non fermare mai Pierluca perché sei davvero una voce e porta gioia a chi ti ascolta.

  • somebody else March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    el trebuia sa castige :))

  • Andreea Gyorfi March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Vocea lui seamana foarte bine cu a lui James Arthur!

  • Alexandra March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Genial!

  • Bufni psg March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Câștigătorul X factor de anul acesta

  • Fabio Greggio March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    The best by far

  • Cristina K March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Merita sa castige …face totul la 100%

  • Gabriela Maria March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Singurul concurent care chiar merita sa câștige. Voce, atitudine și un aspect pe măsură. Îl ador pe băiatul asta și sper din suflet sa îl votam în număr cat mai mare în finala. Țineți cont de ce poate omul acesta. We love you man !!!!!💗

  • Oana Miulescu March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Talent, emotie, carisma el e x factor pt. mine anul asta orice s-ar intampla! Bravo Pierluca! 👏👏😘

  • ade lina March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

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  • georgi ana March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    cum sa nu votezi asa ceva?!/ cum?

  • georgi ana March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    emotie pura! cel mai bun!

  • Oana Bianca March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    💕💕💕💕💕💕

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  • Dien M March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    iubesc piesaaaaaaaaaaaaa<3!!! si vocea luiiiiiiiiii

  • Ionut Cristian March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    merita sa castige, daca iese Delia castigatoare anul asta e clara situatia, sincer Francesca nu avea ce cauta in finala. Vineri ai votul meu, BRAVO

  • AimeeRexeiner March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    1313 Pierluca, el merita sa câștige!

  • Nedelcu Marian March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Pierluca sv. Jeremi

  • Karina Irina March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Cat de bine i s-a potrivit piesa! Imi place la fel de mult ca originalul.

  • George Becali March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Dumnezeu fie cu tine!

  • eu cata March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    nu poate sa castige, daca nu-l votam. Degeaba spune ti ca sperati sa castige daca nu dati si voi macar un vot..

  • Ruxandra Mocanu March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Cel mai tare concurent felicitări Pierluca !!!💗💗

  • google user March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Preferatul meu ❤️ o voce superba 🙏

  • Andre E r d n a March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Sper să câştigi, Pierluca, pentru că meriți!💕

  • Ana Marïa March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    ❤❤❤😍

  • Alexandru Dobrin March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Este un.artist pe bune dreptate .Votați voce dragi telespectatori,pentru ca acest chiar canta intr un.mare fel

  • Denisa Lidia March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Oddio! Cel mai bun. El e X FACTOR!

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  • g Georgiana March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    merita sa castige ❤❤❤

  • Teodora Maria March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Sper ca el va castiga

  • Adina Mitrea March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Doamne, ce voce are!

  • Bobo Bobo March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    a pisat tot italianu in seara asta

  • Manele Nation March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    a rupt…!

  • acocieto1327 March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Wow!

  • Burghila Ina March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Cinta cu inima, atitea emotii reda!!!

  • Lorenzo Butnaru March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Sei il migliore di tutti

  • Lorenzo Butnaru March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Top

  • Danna Maria March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Atat de perfect! Felicitari, sper sa castigi! ❤

  • maria ioana March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Genial, il ador❤

  • Diana March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Cel mai bun! ❤

  • Dia Dianna March 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    E genial!!! ❤ Preferatul meu de anul acesta
    1313 PIERLUCA!!!

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