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    Defaultruputured 2nd knee in 3 years today

    Hello

    Haven't been here is awhile.
    This afternoon I was playing ball with my now 8 1/2 yr old lab and she ran STRAIGHT ahead, no turning and yelped, then up went the knee.
    We are taking her to the vet a 5 but we are pretty sure she is ruptured her back right cruciate.

    Three years ago we did the TPLO method on the rear left.
    Wonder, should we do that again with the right or the old way???

    Any thoughts.
    Wish us luck.
    Thanks

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    Update
    We went to the vet and yes a ruptured cruciate.
    Waiting for the surgeon to tell us where and when.
    TPLO for sure as she is very active.

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    From what I understand in many cases once one knee blows, it is just a matter of time before the other one goes. Sorry for your dog's (and your) troubles. Hope the surgery goes well.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    As Sharon stated, usually they'll blow the other within 3 years. I was blessed that Darby never blew out her other knee, but hers was a freak accident and not structural. It's the structural ones that usually end up blowing both knees, unfortunately.



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    Someone told my husband today that they didn't fix their dog's knee with surgery but with supplements etc??
    Has anyone heard of anything like this for a cruciate tear?
    Supposedly the dog now either can run very fast or not at all.

    I know that we are still going to do the TPLO but am just curious as to what this is all about.

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    some people put them on crate rest with supplements for several months. it eventually builds up scar tissue around there to support the knee. but you go through pretty much the same regiment you would with the surgery.
    my black boy had a tplo last november. he had previously had surgery on the other leg that was broken (he was a shelter dog). he does awesome with his TPLO leg, but the broken surgical leg is the one that seems to bother him on occasion.
    there is a yahoo group for ortho dogs that has done the conservative management; what your husband is referring to.

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    UPDATE
    Well, here we are l week later and we just got the consult with the surgeon today.
    Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday and she will be having the TPLO.
    She will at the hospital for 3 days.

    Thank you for all your good wishes for Emma.

    Please keep her in your thoughts.

    Thanks.

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    keep us updated! i might be in the same boat with you AGAIN. Jax jumped a small fence and came up lame. put him on a week of rest and he was walking fine. tore out the door on monday and limped again. he even stayed with the vet over the weekend and they said he was walking fine so did not do a test on him. urrrrrgggggg
    here we go again.....praying it's soft tissue but we don't have such good luck around here.

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    DefaultEmma's update

    Emma had her TPLO operation yesterday and the vet called after to say that she is doing well.

    I just called this morning to see how she is and they said that she is doing well, eating well but anxious in her kennel. She is at a different vet for this operation so maybe that is why she is anxious.? She normally is good at our regular vet's clinic although for a lab does not get along well at all with other dogs.
    She gets very upset so I wonder if that is the problem too???

    We get to bring her home tomorrow.

    Can't wait, miss her but know it will be tough when she comes home.
    Might be a little easier this time as we don't have the second dog as we did before.
    Last time she always wanted out of her area that we had her in to play with are other dog.

    The vet did mention to us that with the second TPLO sometimes that can be a little unsteady on their legs for the first little while as the first operated leg is not a strong normal leg either. So we have to be extra careful with her.

    No running, jumping, ball playing, jumping on the sofa, etc for at least 3-6 months.
    On leash for 3 months for sure.

    Thanks for your good wishes , we will keep you posted as things go along.

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    Sending good thoughts to you and Emma! Heal quick!
    'Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.'
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