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TTA Surgery for Tripawd Juju – Free Canine Rehab Helps Recovery

Juju recovers from TTA surgery for Tripawd with the help of canine rehab thanks to Tripawds Foundation Rehab Grant #129. The free consultation and prescribed exercises will help Juju recover and stay strong. Read her story, and learn how you can get a free veterinary rehab evaluation for your dog or cat.maggie moo fund for tripawd rehabYes! Tri-kitties qualify for free feline rehab too. See all Tripawds who have received free rehab sessions thanks to your support.

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TTA Surgery for Tripawd? Yes, recovery is possible!

Our 4-year-old corgi mix, Juju, came from a reservation where she was hit by a car. Her rear left leg was amputated before we adopted her at 10 months old from Lightshine Canine. This summer she tore her cruciate ligament in her remaining back leg. She’s such an active and happy dog; it was hard to see her struggle so much to get around. After consulting with our vet and chatting with people on the Tripawds Forum, we found a vet who could perform a TTA surgery.

What is TTA Surgery? TTA is the abbreviation for Tibial Tuberosity Advancement. This a surgical procedure used to treat cranial (or anterior) cruciate ligament rupture in the knee joints (stifle) of dogs. It involves cutting the top of the shin bone (the tibia), moving it forward and stabilizing it in its new position.

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TTA Surgery for Tripawd juju

I have been nervous every step of the way, but Juju keeps reminding me that she is resilient. The vet who performed the surgery said Juju wouldn’t need any rehab or special recovery strategies, but I knew that she could use a little extra support so I contacted TC Rehab. They had a cancellation and were able to get us in to see Dr. Amy Whaley two weeks after her surgery. At the appointment they took measurements of her joints and angles. As far as performing exercises, they didn’t recommend much besides rest, which I already knew.

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Juju recovers from TTA Surgery for Tripawd

She needs time to heal her now broken bone (TTA involves an orthopedic implant). But they did recommend doing gentle range of motion movements with her leg. And the most helpful part of the visit was them fitting her for a good Tripawd harness that would help me help her walk. They stressed the importance of giving her support since she doesn’t have another hind leg to offer that support. They also lent us some wheels to try out. Juju isn’t a fan of those, but I think she may enjoy them someday if she really needs the freedom they could provide.

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Passive Range of Motion Exercises help with recovery from TTA surgery for Tripawd.

Recovery from TTA Surgery for Tripawd

She still has healing to do, another month of strict leash walks. Her recovery has definitely had extra challenges since she is a Tripawd. The stiff bandage that she had to wear for several days after surgery was so hard for her to navigate, especially when she needed to potty. She is also pretty bored. She is used to more activity than she is allowed right now. I have tried finding ways to offer her some enrichment.

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I borrowed a dog stroller from a friend and a bike trailer from another friend. She despises both. She is so independent and thinks she should be able to move around normally. We have some puzzle games that give her something to do and we sit in the grass in the yard on nicer days. My hope is that she can have full off-leash fun by the time the cooler weather rolls around because that is her favorite. I can’t wait to explore nature with her again and witness her joy.

~ Clara, and Tripawd Juju (aka: yclaray)

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1 thought on “TTA Surgery for Tripawd Juju – Free Canine Rehab Helps Recovery”

  1. Best of luck Juju, you can do it!! Our sweet kitty also had remaining leg surgery on a hind leg, so I’m always so thankful to see others posting about this. It can be done! We had countless vets tell us to euthanize him, and I’m so glad we didn’t listen. For the first three months I was worried he would never walk again, and then in desperation I tried acupuncture for him. I’d never really put much stock in those tiny needles before, but they got our boy back to 100% mobility within months. If Juju needs an extra boost over the next few months, I highly recommend it. Best of luck, and thanks so much for sharing your story!

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