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 Post subject: Recovering from CCL surgery
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:13 am 
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My Bella bear needs both hind legs operated on for torn ACLs. They will be done 4-6 weeks apart. I have two issues. Anyone have advice?

1. We live in a second floor apartment. My dog hates to be picked up and I'm not the strongest female. What is the proper way to pick up a cocker? Do they make anything to help carry dogs other than the big plastic carrier for transport? Maybe something similar to things you would see for babies? No I'm not kidding.

2. Bella takes forever to find a place to go potty, usually we walk for a quite few blocks before she finds the perfect spot. Sometimes she'll start to go potty, keep sniffing, then rotate or continue to find another place. How can I get her to just go quickly in the front yard? We've tried when it's been cold/late and she's like "umm no let's walk."

She's 7.


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 Post subject: Re: Recovering from CCL surgery
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:14 pm 
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I had a similar situation with my Jennie who had spinal surgery in October. I walk with a crutch and had to get her up and down stairs while keeping her back straight. We hit upon using a doggy life vest. She stepped into it with her front feet, it closed along the back and had a very firm handle on the back. I could lift and carry her like a big handled bag, place her on the ground, take it off so she could do what she needed to do and then just slip it back on and get her up the stairs.

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 Post subject: Re: Recovering from CCL surgery
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:29 pm 
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I'd get suggestions for handling from the vet doing the surgery. Only he would know best based on her injury and surgery

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 Post subject: Re: Recovering from CCL surgery
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:59 pm 
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Vickie wrote:
I had a similar situation with my Jennie who had spinal surgery in October. I walk with a crutch and had to get her up and down stairs while keeping her back straight. We hit upon using a doggy life vest. She stepped into it with her front feet, it closed along the back and had a very firm handle on the back. I could lift and carry her like a big handled bag, place her on the ground, take it off so she could do what she needed to do and then just slip it back on and get her up the stairs.


That is brilliant, thanks! I'll see if the vet thinks it will work.


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 Post subject: Re: Recovering from CCL surgery
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:51 pm 
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kimandbella wrote:
Vickie wrote:
I had a similar situation with my Jennie who had spinal surgery in October. I walk with a crutch and had to get her up and down stairs while keeping her back straight. We hit upon using a doggy life vest. She stepped into it with her front feet, it closed along the back and had a very firm handle on the back. I could lift and carry her like a big handled bag, place her on the ground, take it off so she could do what she needed to do and then just slip it back on and get her up the stairs.


That is brilliant, thanks! I'll see if the vet thinks it will work.


That is a brilliant idea, but you will also need to support her for a week or so after surgery while walking to go potty. You can use a big towel to put under her tummy and give her some support.

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 Post subject: Re: Recovering from CCL surgery
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:53 pm 
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Hope your baby is doing better now with her recovery. Above suggestions are definitely brilliant. Just want to add, my friend help her 7 years old great pyreness on lifting on auto or short stair using lift harness
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Hoping for a wonderful update about her soon, sending more healing prayers for her recovery.

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