Good evening all -- I haven't posted or lurked here in a long time. Life got complicated and busy -- today, however, was not so good.
This morning at the park Haylee tore her ACL. No fun for us and especially for her. Met with the vet and a specialist will do surgery on Tuesday. For those of you whose dogs have had this surgery, I would appreciate any suggestions, etc., on what we can expect and anything you learned through your experiences that might be helpful. I know recovery is long and there are certain parameters that must be followed. The doctor went over much of that today and we can live with that.
We have five days until surgery -- Haylee is on an anti-inflammatory and a pain med called Tramadol. She seems OK, but I feel so bad for her. She will be 7 in January.
Thanks so much. It's good to be back and see familiar names. I appreciate any advice, etc., you can pass along.
good to see you back around here.
I don't have any advice on ACL tears. Just best of luck with surgery and recovery. Hugs to Haylee.
I'll be watching for updates.
Here's a link to my blog from koda's second surgery.. start at the bottom..
Here's laura's site that i found helpful
The important thing is to be calm and try not to get overwhelmed. Yes, it's a long process, but once you get into a routine it's not as bad as you think it's going to be.. pay close attention to what the ortho says and do exactly what s/he recommends.
If Haylee isn't used to her crate, spend the next five days making her love it.. treats in there, food in there, comfy blankets in there.. a crate is your best friend and saving grace..
If you have stairs between where she's recovering and your backyard, make a sling for her that will help her navigate that.. if you don't know what i mean, let me know and i'll photograph the one i have.
Good luck.. you'll both do fine!
kelli, tucker and koda
Skippy had ACL surgery a few years ago now. His had been torn for a while because my regular vet didn't catch it. I changed vets (for several reasons) and the vet that diagnosed it also did the surgery. We had the "traditional repair" because there wasn't anyone near us to do the TPLO and it was much more expensive. Skippy has done GREAT with the traditional repair and he is very active. (not agility/sports active, but very active running in the woods, etc).He wasn't really crate trained, but we had a huge crate in the livingroom for him and it became the "honored " place to be , with Emilu trying to get in there when he wasn't in it. We severely limited activity for several weeks (can't remember how many now), but there were a few "heart in throat" episodes where a strange dog came into our yard and he ripped the leash out of my hand chasing the dog away. But no harm done. Your girl will do fine. What kind of surgery is the vet going to do?
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and advice. Haylee is going to have the TPLO surgery. The doc feels that is the best option and we agreed. She is crate trained, so no problem there. I know she will be fine and I am aware that it is a long recovery and we must follow the protocol to the letter.
I'll keep you all posted. It's good to be back! Just a quick update on life -- we are all doing pretty well. Dealing with my elderly father is a challenge, but all in all he healthy for 87 despite some minor heart ailments and general aging issues. My daughter is great and is getting married in June of 2010! That has been a fun process. We love her fiance' and are so happy for them both.
We are presently waiting for the doc to call with the surgery date. At present it is scheduled for Tuesday -- we hope to move it up a bit. We'll see.
Again, thanks for your support. I'm going to need it!
Welcome back Nancy. Sending good thoughts for Haylee
HI !!! Nice to see you again! I hope Haylee gets through surgery and recovery well, on top of the next 5 days! (you too!!)
Me, Abzilla and the Helomonster.
I've read a lot of stories here about dogs recovering from this surgery, how they had to be crated, etc.
I will say that when Magnum tore hers and had her surgery (she had the conventional surgery, not TPLO) my surgeon flat out told me that the dog will rehab herself and he didn't believe in crate rest, so it was pretty easy recovery for Magnum. The first day she was whining all the time but it was from the pain pills, which I discontinued. Day two was much better. She was able to walk and bear weight on her leg from the get go. As soon as her stitches were out, we were swimming her in the pool (it was February and the water temp was in the 40's, poor girl, but I swam her). She bounced back quickly, went on to compete in agility the following year and finished up her titles before I pulled here from competition due to arthritis in a front foot.
Today, about four years after surgery, she is stiff on that leg, but still getting around well, runs and catches her flying squirrel, swims, and just had a great time.
I'm lucky, I think my surgeon was fantastic and his way of letting her rehab herself really did work.
Good luck with your surgery. Take it a day at a time, it will go by quicker than you think.
Hi Nancy--It's great to hear from you but I wish it were under better circumstances. Poor Hayley. Best wishes for a complete and relatively pain-free recovery.
Thanks everyone! It's been fun to catch up on how all the pups are doing. It is a bummer this happened; however, we know what it is, how to treat it and she will be fine. She's not too active, so keeping her quiet won't be too much of a problem. It's just hard for me to see her uncomfortable. The pain meds seem to be doing their job and she is eating well, so that is a good thing.
We will have surgery on Tuesday. I wish it were sooner, but the vet wants a particular surgeon that is excellent and he is not available until Tuesday. If he's that good, I'll wait. Plus, he wants the inflammation to go down as well.
So, I'll keep you all posted. I know a few of you have been through this, so I know I'll need your support post-surgery.