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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Fiona's mum, Jan 11, 2012.

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  1. Fiona's mum

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    My dog Fiona (aka Fifi) is on my picture. I'm getting worried about how I'll manage to l ook after her at first after my op. Luckily she's only small - a Cavalier King Charles spaniel so she can go in the garden for exercise but are there ways to keep the garden clean of her mess - how soon will I be able to bend to pick up her mess and are there any aids available to help me? Like I just keep on saying, it's all the little things! x
     
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    When I had my knee scoped I had no problems taking care of the two pups you see n my avatar photo. They seemed to understand and were alot calmer with me while I was on the mend. For my yard I have a spring activated scooper. I have had to use it for awhile since it is difficult bending down to pick up. There is also rake and shovel set that works well. I picked them up in Pets Mart.

    Taking care of my pets was one of my worries but I am confident I will be able to take care of them and feel you will do well with yours. I made sure I filled up the dog food bin with enough food to last a couple of weeks and kept the bin up on a table so I did not have to bend down after it.
     
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    Those long handled pooper scoopers come in handy. Luckily I have a daughter living with us who will get the task until it reallyu snows and freezes up. Very nice of you to think about your pet.
     
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    I agree with the others.
    For my first TKR I had friends come over twice a week and "scoop" for me as the weather was cold and wet but I found by the 2nd week I could walk the yard w/o any aids and with the help of a "pooper-scooper" I did fine.
    My 2nd TKR I had a friend help me the first week but the 2nd week I was alone in the house and had no problem cleaning up after the dogs. (I had 4 at the time)
     
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    Thank you all so much for your great ideas I'll look on Amazon tomorrow- don't know why I never looked before as I use it all the time - I guess I panicked cos it was so difficult last year when I ruptured my Achilles and I was terrified then of doing more damage to it - hopefully my new knee won't be so vulnerable - or will it?!
    I think I generally feel so bad about leaving her at all it's just all blurred into one big worry! xx
     
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    For those of you that have or had dogs, how long did it take after the surgery to go back to walking your own dogs?

    I live in an apartment, so I don't have a yard to let them out in. When I'm in the hopsital and rehab, I have my 2 dogs farmed out to very good friends. Due to the pain I'm in right now (pre-surgery), I've had dog walkers walking them, but I'm looking forward to the day I can go back to doing it myself.
     
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    If they are big dogs that could take off with you, you'll want to wait longer. Smaller dogs that don't tug you might be able to take for short walks at 4-6 weeks. But it all really depends on how your particular recovery goes. You want to avoid a situation where they would pull you or cause you to get off balance. And....you just plain will not have the stamina to go for a 30 minute or longer walk for a while.
     
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    Recovery from a tkr is easy compared to a ruptured achilles injury. You'll be amazed how quickly you can fend for yourself (and that pretty dog!). My dogs walk to heel, and so I was off out with them on 100yd walks after 2 1/2 weeks. But it's best not to go walking in the ice and snow for a while - and I speak from experience!! I'm glad nobody saw me
     
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    thank you to all of you - it's so reassuring to have you friends to talk to when I panic x
     
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    I walk my dog almost the same walk every day. We go through the woods and back--it is 2 miles or so. I walked him at 2 weeks--for a mile or so and was walking the full walk by one month. Bennie, also walks to heel, so I don't have to worry about him jerking me. Kelly
     
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    Wow ski girl, what an amazing photo - I'm down in Devon (south west of England ) for a couple of days and we get anxious cos it's minus 2! thank you for the encouraging message x
     
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    Man I am so jealous Skigirl. I came to Texas from PA and I laugh at what they consider snow down here, I got to build a snowman twice since I have been here and it took every drop of snow in my front and back yard
     
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