So as promised we have documented Benzs our 11 year old Shelter Rotties TWO leg CCL surgeries. This is just a follow up from 4 years later!
Benz is doing so well! He still has a little limp when he's tired, but we have been careful to exercise him and take him on hikes. As you know, if you read our previous posts, we did the post opp physical therapy for Benz. We took him to a local Dog Swimming day care center. We decided to take him to 15 and 30 minute sessions to break up the physical therapy , rather then pay extra for the under water treadmill . Our vet at Primary Care Animal Hospital in long beach recommended getting Benz into the water, lake, or pool, or the underwater treadmill Benz did the swimming lessons and just being in the water to rehab his leg was the best thing for his therapy .
Flash forward now Benz has no problem with hiking or swimming! We still take him swimming he just recently went on a boat trip with us and was swimming the whole time, with his life vest. We take him hiking literally every weekend and on long walks. We do avoid the dog parks, since jumping and chasing could re-injure him.
We just did a really fun hike with Benz for five miles and he was tired but fine, we can't do our 14 mile hikes anymore but that is ok I cant really keep up on them anyway!