Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. This is our second go around with a ccl injury. 4/12 she injured her right leg - not very severe, but she definitely had a few days of limping a few steps after rest. Saw the vet, and also a wonderful surgeon who advocated for conservative managment. Like you we were very strict in the beginning and we saw the surgeon every month and he would tell us what kind and how much activity to incorporate at different points during her recovery. In June she had a regular vet visit and the vet said her leg had healed so well she couldn't tell which one had been injured. (we are also doing omega 3's and dasoquin forever)
So everything was great! Then August...we had a cool day and my husband had her out in the yard and she ran around like a nut. I'm certain she "over-did" it because she has always been a fairly lazy dog and she hates the hot weather...you can barely get her to break a jog all summer. So she ran around like a nut and came in sort of favoring her other (left hind) leg a bit. Just for that night; then she never had a problem, walks fine, no limping, no indication of pain. But...because I've been through it before and know what to look for, I did note that she was not fully distributing weight equally between her 2 back legs. You really have to "look" for it...but that's sort of what I do...I really obsess (it's a character flaw).
I haven't taken her back to the surgeon because the "injury" seemed so minor I don't really want him doing the draw test and doing more damage. I'm really thinking modified conservative management (sort of what we were instructed to do when she was at this point in her last recovery) should hopefully heal the leg, then I will build her up as previously instructed and hope this does the trick.