Doods - Post-op TPLO rehab in the canine athlete
Meet Doods, an 8 year old, spayed female, Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She is our January Pet of the Month. Doods came to Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation and Therapy as the #1 ranked AKC agility corgi in the summer. She was evaluated to determine why she was having some problems with hitting jumps with her rear legs as well as some other hind limb issues (including limping occasionally). At that time, Doods was found to have multiple issues that could be causing these problems. She had a history of hip dysplasia and was demonstrating some rear limb weakness and myofascial back pain. Ultimately, she tore her L cruciate ligament and was probably compensating for an early tear in the summer months. In October, two weeks after having TPLO surgery, Doods began rehabilitation therapy sessions twice weekly. These sessions helped her to improve her overall strength and use of the affected leg. Additionally, her rehab also helped relieve the tight muscles and myofascial back pain.
Doods did very well with her exercises at home and during her therapy sessions. This allowed the staff at Pawsitive Steps to use new exercises to continue to challenge Doods as she got stronger and mastered each exercise. At the beginning of December, Doods’ osteotomy (the cut into the bone for the TPLO) surgery site had completely healed as assessed by x-rays and she switched from rehabilitation appointments to fitness appointments, with the goal of returning to agility competition in March 2015. Check out her full clinical case report, written by Ashley Tweilliager (a veterinary student from University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2016) on our other webpage!