Tears to the ligament in the knee, known as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL, quite often end up requiring surgery in order to restore functionality and strength to the joint. The recovery from ACL surgery is typically fairly lengthy and usually takes between six and nine months and you should be particularly protective of your joint during this healing period, which means that although you may be able to take walks, jogging and biking would be too hard on the new ligament and should be avoided. These are some great activities to help keep your canine occupied while you are busy healing.
If your dog is like many other dogs in this country they have a plethora of chew toys, rope toys, and fetch toys, all of which they leave lying on the floor, but that doesn’t have to be the case. It is actually relatively easy to teach your dog to pick up their toys off of the floor and put them in a designated toybox. This is an activity you can do with your dog even in the earliest weeks of healing from knee surgery and helps you to avoid having to bend down as much, which risks re-injury of the healing ligament.
If you have just had surgery to repair a torn ligament in the knee, your recovery time usually lasts for six to nine months and and you should generally slow down a bit and walk in deliberate and careful manner while your joint is healing, particularly during the earlier stages of recovery, in order to avoid twisting the knee. The slower pacing required for you may prove to be a less intense workout for your dog, resulting in less energy expenditure, but there are several ways that you can increase the challenge for your dog when taking a walk, without having to increase your own pace or strain your knee.
Interactive food toys are another excellent way to keep your pup occupied and out of your way while you do chores, put your leg up, or work on therapeutic exercises to strengthen your knee. While store-bought food toys specifically designed for your pup can be found in nearly every pet store, do-it-yourself toys made out of everyday objects around the house are often just as entertaining for your canine companion. There are several different types of food toys available for your dog, including toys designed for interactive play with you, toys designed for supervised solo play, and toys designed to help satisfy a dog's natural inclination to chew.
While the game of fetch is an extremely energetic activity on the part of your dog, it is a relatively easy activity on the tendons in your knee as long as you are in the later recovery stages of the healing process. While larger dogs will require more room to indulge and will often need to take this game out of doors, very small dogs can often get just as much of a workout chasing their target through the halls of your home, just keep the target on the ground to help avoid broken objects.
If you have a high-energy but sociable dog, a trip to a nearby doggy daycare may help them to safely expend all of their energy, without causing any strain to your healing joints.