Raven has been limping on her rear left leg for about 2-3 weeks now. We took her to the vet today and they did some xrays. Of course you can't tell from an xray that the cruciate is torn but the vet said that by the look of the bones (she has pretty bad arthritis at 6 1/2 years old, and bone is growing in different places around the knee) it looks as though a tear or something may be what caused that to happen. She was limping back in June and we took her in and they just gave us some rimadyl and she stopped limping so we thought she was fine. It may have been torn for that long.
We are going to do the rimadyl again for 3 weeks and go in for a follow up appt and to see the dr. that handles the cruciate surgeries for follow up and probably more testing to see if surgery is needed.
Anyone who has experience with this, could you give me your thoughts? Anything I should ask or look for? We saw the xrays but I couldn't really tell what anything was. Now I am worried every time she stands up!!! Any help or thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
your vet should be able to closely determine if it is an acl tear by doing what is called a "drawer test". they move the knee back and forth and can pretty much tell if it may be torn.
i would get a referral to an ortho doc to have it looked it.
i have a 2-1/2 year old that i got from a shelter and he had a broken rear leg which led to a torn acl in the other leg which led to another torn acl in the other leg....it's been a hectic year for him, but he's doing great now.
definitely see an ortho doc.
I too am surprised they did not do the drawer sign. Tank has torn both back legs. When he did the first the ortho vet checked the other leg and said it was partially torn. We then had to do the second leg 1 year later. You can check out Tank's experience on the first leg at: The Texas Tank
Sandie, Tank 5/25/1998 - 07/08/2011, Orson & Sully
The vet did do the drawer test. I didn't remember what it was called, but he said there was some movement there, just not too much. Which is what led to the xray, then after the xray he was surprised I think at what he saw. He didn't expect so much deterioration in the bone at some places and build up of the bone in other places.
Thanks for sharing your experiences and I will look into an ortho vet to see where there is one around here.
Make an appt at an ortho vet, and good luck. Prayers for Raven. Keep us posted.
When dogs are very painful it can be incredibly hard to elicit cranial drawer or tibial thrust (both signs of CCL rupture) unless the dog is sedated. It's not surprising that if Raven is visibly lame (and probably painful) the vet couldn't be sure based on results of joint manipulation.
I agree with Sandy, go see an orthopedic specialist. If you need help finding a boarded surgeon in PA let me know
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I agree with the ortho vet recommendation. They have far more experience with this sort of thing.
Java tore both her ACLs in February and had them both repaired, 2 surgeries, 10 weeks apart.
The longer you wait, the more arthritis there will be.