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How soon after bypass surgery can you walk dogs?

How soon after bypass surgery can you walk your 2-dogs that are 65 pounds?

submitted by Len from Boulder, Colorado on 8/23/2012


William E. Cohn, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, William E. Cohn, MD  

Hey Len, you could probably walk your dogs after a few weeks if they are very well behaved. The biggest concern would be if you had to yank on the leash... we wouldn't want the wires that hold the breast bone closed to loosen. By 8 weeks, the bone has grown together somewhat, and you should be OK. If your dogs are pretty unruly, and require a good deal of leash yanking, I would wait at least 12 weeks. Good luck!   

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