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Patella surgery recovery with Feisty Brother

Monkey68
November 4th, 2011, 09:29 AM
Hi. My Boo(pug) is going in for much needed Patella surgery on his right rear leg. He has started slipping quite a bit, in addition to not going up stairs, not jumping and having difficulty going downstairs.(He is under 2 years of age).Younger Brother(pug) is the feistiest thing you have ever seen. Playful, energetic and bouncy. Rest is essential during the first 6-8 weeks as Boo will be having a pin inserted in addition to the bone modification. DespiteBoo being highly inactive and having a crate and a gate to separate the boys I still forsee some difficulty here. Anyone in a multi-dog household have any experience, tips or brilliant ideas to make things easier over the first 6-8 weeks? Advice would be greatly appreciated.

Choochi
November 4th, 2011, 12:30 PM
You're just going to have to keep them separated if the energizer bunny will be bugging or jumping on your other dog. There's really no trick to it, it's not like you can sit down the other dog and explain to him he's going to have to not bother his brother for the next 2 months.

hazelrunpack
November 4th, 2011, 01:38 PM
Baby gates and tethering worked for us a long time ago when we had her hips replaced. Baby gates to keep the dogs separated, and tethering the recovering dog to my belt to keep her quiet. Since we did both hips and she needed her back worked on in between, the total tether time was 22 weeks. *sigh* But it worked like a charm!

Monkey68
November 4th, 2011, 04:40 PM
Thanks for the advice. Always great to hear the voice of experience;apart from the obvious things to do these little tidbits go a long way with a long recovery time. Hope your dog is doing well!

hazelrunpack
November 4th, 2011, 07:22 PM
She did well for the rest of her life. We inherited Priscilla when she was 5, replaced her hips and fixed her back when she was 6 and she lived to the ripe old springer age of 15. :D She was a great dog! :dog: