Rehabilitation after femoral head ostectomy (FHO) is recommended on awakening from anaesthesia. This report summarises the effects of delayed rehabilitation in a Yorkshire terrier and two toy poodles who underwent rehabilitation beginning at 1 month, 3 months and 9 years after FHO surgery, in cases where rehabilitation was impossible immediately after surgery. Rehabilitation was conducted once per week for approximately 3 hours at our facility; we focused on underwater therapy and inclined walking. The results in the dog that underwent rehabilitation 9 years after surgery showed a poor increase in femoral muscle perimeter; in all three cases, improvement in gait was observed. If rehabilitation begins with a long delay after surgery, the end of rehabilitation will be similarly delayed. Nevertheless, the effects of rehabilitation were evident in these cases.
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