My golden retriever is in week two of recovery from TPLO surgery. She's 1 1/2 years old which was a big factor in deciding on the surgery. So far, so good-but the meds are done today...we'll have to see how squirrlly she gets now Two week checkup this Thursday-hope all goes well.
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Fitness Minutes: (530) Posts: 13 4/28/12 8:25 P
I am going through the same exact thing with my dog (large breed). Vet put him on anti-inflammatory and pain killers for 1 week and no long walks, no stairs, no playing for at least two weeks. My vet said that if it is a small enough tear it could heal on its own with the dog laying low key for a few weeks. However, the bigger the tear, if surgery is not done and left to heal on its own, it can lead to major arthritis issues down the road. Price quoted for the surgery was $2000.
As far as my dog goes- He can put pressure on his leg and limps occasionally. His limp is especially bad when he walks around after laying down for a long period of time or after he has had a walk over 15 minutes. Other than that, he is his normal self.
My sister's dog (also large breed) had an ACL surgery done a couple of years ago and she has never been the same afterwards. She never regained her pep/playfulness.
Personally, I am very hesitant about putting my dog through the surgery. This would be his 3rd surgery in 8 months (previous 2 were for cancer tumors) and am very worried about the stress this is putting my dog's body under. He is 6/7 years old but feel all of this is aging him quickly.
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Fitness Minutes: (221,443) Posts: 33,665 4/24/12 3:13 A
Our Cocker/Lab mix has torn both of hers as well. Both times the doctor put her on pain meds, and anti inflammatory before she had the surgery. I feel they charged you way to much if they didn't take xrays. I would question that. Alice surgery cost 2,000 each time. It is costly, but worth it. She is still pretty active.
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Fitness Minutes: (530) Posts: 13 4/22/12 11:04 P
Thank you so much for the input. Today was really stressful, especially trying to sort out if she was ok or not. She appeared fine but I guess that's not always the case. I'm going to take her for some xrays tomorrow, and try to find a way to provide for her surgery.
I'm sorry you and Morley are going through this. My Am Staff (?) mix has torn both of his ACL's. I highly recommend the yahoo group Orthodogs. They will help you with support. Yes, your dog will walk on the torn ACL, making you think it's not a big deal, but it really is. The longer you wait, the more arthritis there will be. My dog had the TPLO surgery and where I am, it cost me $2000 for the first surgery and $2500 for the second. My dog is very active and the second time, I was so glad I didn't do the traditional, because he jumped out of his "recovery room" at least twice and most likely would have ruined his surgery. Anyway, please look into the orthodogs group. I think you will be glad you did. pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/orthodog s/ Good luck to both of you...
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Fitness Minutes: (530) Posts: 13 4/22/12 10:21 P
Today is my first day back to SparkPeople in two years, and I was very happy to find this SparkTeam as my husband and I recently adopted a hound (Morley) from our local shelter. She has become a big part of our lives and we are bonafide dog lovers as a result. Unfortunately, today Morley suffered a leg injury while overzealously chasing another pup at the dog park.
We took her to the emergency vet and they charged us a couple hundred dollars to look at her for 10 minutes (no x ray or anything). They told us she had a torn ligament and we would have to pay 2 grand or even more for surgery. They gave her pain medication and since she's been home she is actually putting weight on her leg again and walking normally.
I am trying my best to discourage her from walking too much, but as a first time dog owner I am stumped. Is it normal for the dog to walk on a leg that has a torn ACL? She seems fine by all accounts, but maybe that is just the pain medication.
Just wondering if other team members have dealt with a similar situation and what their dog's behaviour was like afterwards.
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