Pomeranians are one of the dog breeds that typically face problems with their knee joints. If a kneecap gets injured or isn’t formed properly, it can slip out of position and that’s very painful. This is known as a luxating patella. If your Pomeranian undergoes surgery to correct the luxating patella, it’s important to know luxating patella surgery recovery time for Pomeranians.
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The Timeline for Luxating Patella Surgery Dog Recovery
Straight after surgery, the majority of Pomeranians will visibly show they feel a degree of tenderness and will limit their range of movement as much as they can.
Some will feel a little improvement immediately or simply won’t be able to contain their high-spirited personalities. However, it’s absolutely essential that you follow all restrictions related to exercise that the surgeon suggests so your Pom recovers quickly from surgical intervention to correct the luxating patella.
When you bring your Pomeranian home, these are steps you need to follow:
- Confine your Pomeranian to a playpen and restrict walking as much as possible during the first few weeks.
- Feed your Pomeranian a healthy diet and ensure he does not gain weight during the convalescence period.
For the first few days after surgery, you must carry your Pom up and down all steps for a few reasons:
- If the weather is icy and/or wet outside, it’s possible he may slip and hurt himself.
- The area around his potty spot may be wet, muddy or slippery.
- It will take a little while to heal and to feel confident walking again.
Only start to exercise your Pom if your vet approves (and this may mean a check-up before approval is given).
Once your vet gives the o.k., start by placing your Pom on his leash and taking him for 5-minute walks. If he exhibits any signs of pain or strain, stop and let him rest for a while before trying again. If he has signs of constant pain on the short walks, ring the vet and book him in to be fully checked again. On the other hand, if your Pom is coping, slowly increase the walks as long as he appears healthy enough to manage.
After your Pomeranian has undergone surgery to correct a luxating patella, it’s essential that you have an idea of dog patellar luxation surgery recovery rate over an average week. Obviously, your Pom’s recovery timeline might not be exactly the same as this, but the similarities will still be there.
Luxating Patella Surgery Recovery
After that Initial Week
This first week is your Pomeranian’s recovery after luxating patella surgery. If everything is going smoothly, you may like to get ahead and take a few steps in the next recovery period.
If you see any swelling, contact your vet for advice. Cold packs may be prescribed for a day or two post-surgery. Unless there are problems such as obvious swelling or you’re advised to keep going by your vet, you can stop using cold packs.
Start applying moist heat with a commercial product. Ensure the device’s temperature isn’t too hot for small dogs to handle. People are commonly told that if they make a rice bag, put it in a microwave so they have moist heat. However, they can also say something if you have made the bag too hot.
Regardless of the product chosen, make it warm, not hot when you touch it. If you’re not positive about it, use a washcloth and make it warm by putting it in lukewarm water as it will be the gentlest choice.
If your vet has no objections, use the heating option right before he exercises because it will help make the healing joints more flexible.
Two to Three Weeks After Luxating Patella Surgery
This is the second phase of your Pom’s recovery from luxating patella surgery. In lots of cases, your vet is happy to assess his condition and see if he is progressing at a good pace.
The stitches will have been removed at the vet’s office. He may advise you on suitable “at home” therapy. Follow your vet’s advice to the letter, but if your Pom shows any sign of pain, stop immediately.
Four to Six Weeks Post Luxating Patella Dog Surgery
This is your Pom’s third phase of recovery from the luxating patella and the typical timeline. Again, don’t exercise your Pomeranian unless given the go ahead by your vet. Avoid slippery surfaces, stairs and no jumping up and down from furniture.
Beyond Eight Weeks
This is the fourth and final phase of your Pomeranian’s recovery timeline. Get the vet to evaluate his overall health at the nine-week point. He may make extra suggestions to add to the luxating patella recovery timeline.
Some vets are keen to give you permission to do a lot more activities, except for high impact exercises that could still undo all the hard work already put in. Your Pomeranian should avoid running until the vet has given you permission to get your Pom back into his normal routine, which usually occurs around week twelve to sixteen.
Be guided by your vet and also by the level of activity your Pomeranian is happy with, and keen to achieve. Thesuccess rate of luxating patella surgery in dogs depends on the skill of the surgeon and the at-home management after surgery.
Please note: while I do discuss health, care and behavioural issues, you should never use this information as a replacement for advice from qualified veterinarians, diagnoses or recommended treatment regimes. If you have any worries about the health of your Pomeranian, your first contact should be your regular vet or, if you don’t yet have one, a vet that works locally. Never ignore or avoid treatment and/or advice from your vet because of a piece of information you have read on any website.
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References and Further Reading:
 Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
 English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard , 2017.
 Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook“.
 Milo G. Denlinger “The Complete Pomeranian”.
 Kimbering Pomeranians “1891-1991”.
 William Taplin “The Sportsman’s Cabinet”.
 E. Parker “The Popular Pomeranian”.
 Lilla Ives “Show Pomeranians”.