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Bruno's First ACL Ordeal: Fifth and Sixth Week after the Suture Lateral Surgery Left Knee—The Recovery

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture/tear in dogs

Weeks five and six...

Bruno's week five and six written instructions are as follows:

"Continue PROM (passive range of motion) and leash walks. Initiate stair climbing or swimming or both. Progress by increasing length of time for walking, swimming or stair climbing."

I started letting Bruno jump into the car instead of lifting him in. He seems to have no problem with it. Bruno is still leashed 100% of the time when outside. When we walk into the woods he wants to take off running very badly to hunt around, but we hold him back. He is not allowed to run yet. It's a good mental exercise for him to have to heel instead of hunt in an area he is used to hunting. Soon, Bruno, soon. Just not yet buddy.

Day 29

Bruno had his underwater treadmill therapy today. This time they worked on strengthening the muscles as opposed to the use of the leg in general.

Bruno the Boxer walking on an underwater treadmill

Bruno's report reads:

"Bruno walked at an incline at 1.9 mph for 20 minutes in the underwater treadmill. He is using the leg 100% of the time on land and 100% of the time in the treadmill."

Bruno the Boxer drinking the water therapy water

After every therapy session Bruno always has to pee big time. Just as I was picturing, he drinks the water while he is walking.

Bruno the Boxer walking on the underwater treadmill. Drinking the water

Bruno drinking away as he walks

Bruno the Boxer walking on the treadmill with his tongue in the water
View inside the treadmill Bruno the Boxer walking the treadmill

Does that water taste good, Bruno?

Bruno the Boxer walking on underwater therapy treadmill looking at the camera holder

Hey there, Bubba...

Bruno the Boxer walking on an inclined underwater treadmill
Bruno the Boxer walking on an inclined underwater treadmill with its mouth open and his tongue out

Bruno is always very happy to get to the vet's office. He loves the staff and seems to like his therapy.

Bruno the Boxer walking on an inclined underwater treadmill with a water noodle and coffee mug on the outside
Bruno the Boxer walking on an inclined underwater treadmill looking at the camera holder
Bruno the Boxer walking on an inclined underwater treadmill and the jets are going

Day 30

Close Up - Bruno the Boxer incision wound 30 Days later

Bruno's incision wound on day 30. He is doing a good job at keeping it clean.

Day 31

Bruno the Boxer with a blue coat on walking up a hill

We continue to seek out hills on our walks to help strengthen Bruno's leg. He does well on long walks but if our pace is too fast he will stumble a bit. That tells me he definitely is not ready to run.

Day 32

Bruno's water therapy report states, "Bruno walked at 1.6 - 1.7 mph for 20 minutes at an incline. He walked with the jets which provided resistance for ten minutes total. Bruno has made significant progress, and I look forward to working with him in the future. The plan is to swim Bruno once a week."

Day 37

Close Up - Bruno the Boxer Incision wound 37 days later

Bruno's water therapy report says, "Bruno walked at 1.6 - 1.7 mph for 20 minutes at an incline. He walked with the jets which provided resistance for 10 minutes total. Bruno has made significant progress, and I look forward to working with him in the future."

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