I just came back from the vet with Misty and she has torn her ACL in her one good leg. Some of you may remember I posted awhile back about her arthritis and trying to get the right meds to keep her pain free and still have quality of life. Two weeks ago it seemed the meds she was on just weren't helping at all and the vet changed them to two weeks on Prednisone (something he was holding off on unless everything else didn't work). The first week I pretty much cried every day because I thought the time had come to make the decision but then week two she showed some improvement, she picked up her ball and wanted to play and came upstairs (which she hadn't done for about a week) so I was hopeful. When the vet changed the meds he said he wanted to see her after the two weeks.
Well took her in today and she has a torn ACL in her one good leg. He said he could do the surgery but with her size and the problems with her other legs he really would rather a specialist did the surgery. I completely trust this vet so I am going to take her to a specialist.
I know many pups on here have had this done (and I'm hoping HK's problem is not this) and just wanted to get some advice on the recovery.
My concern is Misty's adversion to help. If there is something wrong be it a tick, sore foot, if I try to help her she runs into a corner (think this has something to do with what happened to her before I adopted her) so the vet said she may need help getting up and around after the surgery and I'm not sure she will take that help. But the vet said that since he couldn't believe she was walking at all (with no meds) after he took the first x-rays he thinks she will just "grin and bear this".
My house is a tri-level and unless I keep her in the basement she will have to walk some stairs so I'm just wondering what those of you who have gone through this did.
Aren't we comfortable!
I'm soo sorry to hear the not so good news. It alwasys sucks : (
Here is a link Our TPLO Experience: Slocum Clinic Rehabilitation Regime This is to The Slocum Clinic in Eugene OR where the TPLO procedure was developed. They have lots of good info.
Boy, the stairs are going to be an issue. One of the first things I was told by the surgeon was no stairs or slippery surfices! Maybe you guys can Mcgyver something. Maybe just some thin ply wood to use as a temporary ramp??? Good luck and let me know how that web site helps you
Maggie Mae and Sara Ann
Thanks so much the link was very informative. It's given me a few more ideas of where Misty can spend her time recuperating from the surgery and lessened my fear of the stairs.
Last edited by Kate; 03-20-2012 at 06:25 AM.
Aren't we comfortable!
I would suggest getting Misty a really comfortable harness that she can keep on 24/7. We used the RuffWear harness(Java tore both ACLs at the same time and had back to back TPLOs, so we got one just in case).....Ruffwear Web Master.
It's very comfortable, light and cushioned so it can be kept on all the time with no discomfort. It also has a handle near the back end so you can help support their weight and keep them steady and stable, and help lift their back end going up and down stairs. And it has a ring to clip on a leash.
TPLO is a very strong surgery, so although stairs aren't recommended, I think if you help her with a harness going up and down the stairs, she'll be fine.
I will be watching this thread closely. HK sees the vet this morning. I do not know if he will continue the rest and anti-inflamatoy, or send us to an orthopedic surgeon right away.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
ALWAYS ALWAYS have an ortho vet do the surgery. ALWAYS!!!! I'm in the camp that the "regular" surgery doesn't work on a Lab. I'm one who believes in TPLO for a dog Lab sized.
I'm dealing with a TPLO dog right now. Seamus tore his CCL 4 weeks ago and had the surgery 3½ weeks ago. We've been taking short walks now for a week.
You need a sling. If your ortho vet doesn't include one in the price (ask) then you need to purchase one for the stairs. You need to totally confine the dog. Seamus is in a 4 x 4 ex-pen. You will need something, a cone or inflatable donut to keep the dog from the incision. I used a donut on Seamus and he ended up using it as a pillow.
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Javasmom, thanks for the link and the response. You have lessened my fear of this whole procedure.
Labby, thanks for your response as it reinforces what the vet told me and has lessened my fear. After reading the various types of surgery that can be done for this type of injury it seems to me that the TPLO will be the most effective.
Aren't we comfortable!
Java had 2 TPLOs....if I have another dog in the future that ever needs ACL repair, it will be TPLO.
Java was 13 months old when she tore both knees....there was no way the traditional repair would have held up. As it was, 3 weeks post op on knee #2 a deer jumped in front of us in our yard and Java dragged my butt halfway across the field after it. The TPLOs held strong...the traditional would have failed, no doubt. Our ortho vet told us that short of being hit by a car or kicked directly in the leg by a horse, the TPLO would not fail.
And yes-make sure the vet that does the TPLO is a board certified ortho vet.
You can find one in your area here: American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Go to the Animal Owner link to find one in your area.
Also, I would suggest joining the Yahoo group orthodogs. Tons of helpful advice and info from dog owners that are/have gone through what you are dealing with-lost of experience there with all types of surgery and any complications that could arise.
ACL repairs are the most common orthopedic injuries that dogs suffer from.
Oops, forgot about this article until I Googled something.
Dealing with Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Labrador Retrievers
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