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    Hi everyone,

    Long story short Brock had a strong rig ht leg and weAK previously acl torn got tta surgery left leg. His right leg needed tta surgery today because his acl ruptured but now I have a problem. He is having the absolute hardest time getting up or laying down because he can't use his strong leg anymore. We tried to help him get up to go potty and ended up getting a yelp and I realized we have no idea how to help him this next few weeks until he feels healed enough to put pressure on his leg.

    So since a good portion of the board has had tplo or tta surgery done on their bullies, does anyone have any tricks or tips on helping the poor guy up?

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    Default Re: Help standing after leg surgery, how to anyone?

    I'm not familiar w/the leg surgery, but I will tag some members for you...

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    Default Re: Help standing after leg surgery, how to anyone?

    Get a beach towel or large bath towel and use it as a sling, under his belly and along the hips to help lift him. There are real slings you can buy... look online at places like Drs and fosters or Pet Edge
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    Default Re: Help standing after leg surgery, how to anyone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cuddles116 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Long story short Brock had a strong rig ht leg and weAK previously acl torn got tta surgery left leg. His right leg needed tta surgery today because his acl ruptured but now I have a problem. He is having the absolute hardest time getting up or laying down because he can't use his strong leg anymore. We tried to help him get up to go potty and ended up getting a yelp and I realized we have no idea how to help him this next few weeks until he feels healed enough to put pressure on his leg.

    So since a good portion of the board has had tplo or tta surgery done on their bullies, does anyone have any tricks or tips on helping the poor guy up?
    Good morning Jennifer,

    TTA is similar as it too is a knee surgery. I'm sorry to hear about Brock having a difficult time. If he cannot walk, you can make an improvised litter with a blanket to carry him to his usual potty place. Then we use a towel put under the belly basically straddling the puppy/bully to support the hind legs so the puppy can potty. we then use the blanket to carry the puppy back into the house.

    The leg must not be used so no jumping, climbing, running, and walking (except to go potty) for 6 weeks. Then all the aforementioned applies except for walking short distances. You will receive discharge instructions.

    I hope this helps. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to shoot me a question or post here at the forum as someone will chime in. By the way...it seems to be knee week and Penny and Jewel had TPLO surgery yesterday. We get to pick Jewel up from the vet this afternoon and we will be doing all the mentioned above.

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    Default Re: Help standing after leg surgery, how to anyone?

    Everyone has given you great advice. If you want the doggy lift with handles, it is on sale for $16.99 at Seniordog.com
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    Thank you guys, I never thought about a sling since he's a boy and we'll the bully parts. He has been able to pee more of a squat but he still lifts his surgery leg up a little so I'm hoping we get a poop today. His eatting was so messed up with the fasting and being super drugged I think we may have enough digested tonight to see if I need to get him a sling or not (im not comfortable enough with the towel, I need handles)

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    Default Re: Help standing after leg surgery, how to anyone?

    How about an upside down canvas grocery bag with the sides cut out. Put a leg through each of the straps.

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    Thank you everyone for the lift advice. We got SUPER lucky it was just an absolutely miserable 24 hours and then magic all the proper pain management kicked in and we didn't need to help him potty or get up or down. We just lifted up and down stairs. I am however looking into the lifts for male dogs that have the little bits cut out/opening to help lift the boys in the future if something isn't right.

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