Do the surgeons at ACOSM understand what I want for my dog?
Absolutely. We know what you want because we've helped thousands of dogs and dedicated pet parents just like you. You're eager to see the glimmer in your furry best friend's eyes when they're able to jump, play and run again. You want them to live their best life because when your dog is happy, so are you. It's that simple.
Will my dog be able to enjoy life after TPLO?
There is a reported 90-95% good to excellent outcome with TPLO, and 5-10% of patients don't return to an optimal level of function. Even with minor complications, they can still have a good to an excellent long-term outcome, but there could be hiccups along the way.
At ACOSM, when you decide to have us do your dog's TPLO, we make you and your pet a promise. We're so confident in our work that we guarantee the bone plate and screws – something not offered by any other veterinarian in our area. While we can’t promise your dog will be able to jump a fence or finally catch that squirrel, we can guarantee our techniques and bone fixation.
We understand nervousness about leaving pets for surgery and created another solution not offered by any other veterinary practice in Arizona. WatchDog™ technology allows you to virtually stay with your pet using a private online connection to our operating room webcams. You can watch your dog's entire procedure live and in real-time in our comfortable, private viewing room or from the comfort of your home or office.
How long will it take my dog to walk or play after TPLO?
Most dogs are comfortable enough to bear weight on the postop leg within days of surgery. Expect they'll be careful using the postoperative limb. Bone healing may take 7-10 weeks, so playing hard before then isn't advised. Dogs usually resume regular activity around 12-14 weeks.
How difficult is it to care for a dog that had TPLO?
We'll care for your pet overnight as they recover from anesthesia on the day of surgery. We keep a close eye on pets ensuring they're calm and comfortable. You'll pick up your best buddy the following day, where we'll review discharge instructions that will guide you through recovery.
Pet parents say the first week is the most challenging. By week two, things become more straightforward, and by the third week, they feel like pros! General advice includes creating a comfortable, non-slip, and safe recovery area. Leash walks begin when your dog returns home, and duration gradually increases over time. It's best to use a short leash outdoors and always encourage your dog to walk slowly. Take care to block stairs and close bedroom doors to prevent them from jumping on sofas or other furniture.