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    DefaultSuspected ACL Injury

    We were out of town and our 1yr 4mo old girl was spending the week at my inlaws and he was throwing a ball for her in the backyard. The ball took a high hop, she jumped, came down, and crashed. This was Saturday. She is still not putting much, if any weight on it. It doesn't seem to be bothering her to bad other than not putting weight on it. She will let me manipulate it a little but won't let that go on for too long. She isn't whining, but she doesn't like it. This doesn't seem to be the spontaneous rupture that I've read about, but injury induced.

    Any thoughts on what to expect? Surgery? Seeing a lot of info about surgery being necessary and seeing some that say avoid surgery. Cost? I saw one report say $600 to $3000

    The problem with Surgery is the expense and the recovery. She is a yr and 4 months old, very active, athletic and umm high strung!! She had to wear a cone and get staples when she got spade because she tore out the regular stitches.

    Thanks in Advance!!

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    Still not better and she spend half a day in her kennel, plus overnight. She still not putting weight on it. Would like to know what to ask and look for with the vet.

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    She needs to be xrayed and you probably need to find a talented orthopedic specialist. Do you have a vet teaching hospital near you?
    If she's not weight bearing, it will need surgical repair most likely. Cost will be on the upper end of your posted range from what I've seen out here w/ friends' dogs.
    At what age was she spayed, btw? Early spaying can lead to more CCL tears.

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    She was spayed just about 6 weeks ago. She was a year and 2 months or so. We are trying to get her in today if there is a cancellation but it is looking like Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by db09jku View Post
    She was spayed just about 6 weeks ago. She was a year and 2 months or so. We are trying to get her in today if there is a cancellation but it is looking like Monday.
    Let us know how it goes. I feel for you just having had toe/ nail surgery on one last week that has to be kept wrapped/ dry for 2 wks. 5 more days to go......

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    I will, she has her appointment tomorrow afternoon.

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    Forgot to post back. Well worst case scenario. She has completely ruptured her ACL or actually the CCL. Since she is young, full of energy and described by the vet as high strung, she suggested TPLO surgery, which is Tibia Plateau Leveling Osteotmery. I misspelled that last word. This is the newest and best surgery option available. The vet said my girls knee slides almost completely out when pulled, so much that the tibia and shin almost are completely separated. They actually grind down the end of the tibia in order to make it flat and level. This permanently fixes the bone. Faster recovery, Faster back to full function. Probably 6 to 8 weeks of being "grounded" to her Kennel. Only to come out when she pee's, poops and eats, and that's on a leash. As she heals, she can earn more out of kennel, but on lease time. The danger is re-injuring and/or blowing the other side. My vet doesn't do these, only 1 Dr. in my city that does this.

    The other option is a TTA, Tibial Tuberocity Advancement, where they cut part of the tibia out, advance it forward, add a plate. This helps alter the angle like the first procedure. This is not as preferred as the first method. Longer recovery, longer time back to full function. My vet doesn't do these. There is a dr that does this here locally.

    The 3rd option my dr. can do, it is Extra Capular Repair", they sew the back side of the knee, through the tibia, with 2 sutures in case one breaks. Typically this is done in older dogs, due to their reduced activity. This has a high risk of tearing them and reinjuring. up to 12 week recovery.

    The expense: The TPLO surgery here in my city, I was quoted $4000.
    The TTA is $2000.
    The ECR is $1200.

    I want the TPLO but I can't do $4000. I called around and talked to the trainer I bought my girl through and he suggested his vet, which is in a small rural town 2 hours away. They can do the TPLO for $2259. Which is what we are trying to do. The vet is out of the country but will be back this weekend and is suppose to call me tomorrow. I spoke with his nurse assistant and she told me everything.

    So hopefully getting her fixed up soon, and then probably will get a temp job to help pay the expense.

    Probably going to buy the medical insurance as soon as she has the surgery, in case she ruptures the other side.

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    Ouch. I'm glad you found someone more reasonably priced (there is a vet in ID who is much more reasonable and does a lot of them on field trial dogs too), but I am thinking you may not get coverage for future CCL injuries... unfortunately it is common for the other to blow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windycanyon View Post
    [...] but I am thinking you may not get coverage for future CCL injuries... unfortunately it is common for the other to blow.
    I just checked our insurance plan, and yep—CCL problems in one leg excludes (or more severely limits coverage) of later problems w/ the other leg. Ugh.

    Our pup is only 11 weeks old (today) and I'm obsessive about her not jumping off a bed or the second step of the porch. But this is a good reminder that as she gets older I'll also have to be eagle-eyed with others playing with her. Argh.

    I'm so sorry that this happened, db09jku.

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    Will have to check the insurance policies that we are looking at. Surgery is scheduled for Friday.

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