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    DefaultACL Tears in Labs

    Just wondering when this became such a "normal" injury. I know a good amount of people that have labs, black, yellow, chocolate all from different breeders and different blood lines.

    1. My brothers yellow lab has torn both of hers. Goes in for surgery on the 2nd one today!
    2. My dads black lab tore hers about 3 weeks ago
    3. A Good friend of mines yellow lab torn hers about 6 months ago.
    4. Another friends chocolate lab tore his about a year ago.

    And now it seems that my older yellow lab might be going to down the same root.

    They say the sign is when your dog won't put any weight on her leg and holds it up in the air when they walk. My isn't holding it up in the air and she still wants to run like a nut, but is just walking gingerly on it, and this has been going on for 6 months. I have had 3 different vets look at it and I have gotten different answers each time.

    1. Slight Tear - Try to keep her calm and it will grow back.
    2. It's done Surgery Now!
    3. I really can't tell if it's tore we would have to line her up for surgery and sedate her and then if she needs it done we will do it, if not we will wake her up.

    It's not a cheap surgery but I can tell you money is not the issue, I would spend any about of $$$ on these dogs to keep them around as long as possible. It's more or less just the through of her having to rehab it that makes me sad..

    Anyone else have any experience with this new found injury?

    What is the best way to handle this? I think she feels fine, but I can tell something is wrong with her leg.

    Matt

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    DefaultRe: ACL Tears in Labs

    Quote Originally Posted by Shelby and Emma
    Anyone else have any experience with this new found injury?

    What is the best way to handle this? I think she feels fine, but I can tell something is wrong with her leg.

    Matt
    I haven't dealt with this personally, but two of my friends with Labs have had the surgery done. It sure does seem like a common injury these days. Were any of the vets you saw Ortho specialists?

    I'm sure you'll get some replies from people who have had this surgery done on their dogs.

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    DefaultRe: ACL Tears in Labs

    Our male had both knees go, and we did TPLO on both of them.

    My old trainer used to believe it ran in lines. Never saw that to be true though.

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    DefaultRe: ACL Tears in Labs

    Quote Originally Posted by CYNLABS
    Our male had both knees go, and we did TPLO on both of them.

    My old trainer used to believe it ran in lines. Never saw that to be true though.
    I think there is a definite hereditary basis to it. One vet I know and use for OFAs has been measuring the angle of the knee and feels there is a strong correlation there with structure. In 5 generations here, I only know of 2 pups and those were from my early field breedings that had a partial tear and in both cases, it was a "weekend warrior" type injury (dog not in good working condition for the hunting it was doing at that time).

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    DefaultRe: ACL Tears in Labs

    Does your vet say what the general corrolation is? Too straight, too angled? Anything like that? My male was in good working condition when he blew the first one. 2nd blew 2 months after the first operation, as we warned it might do...though no one imagined so soon.

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    DefaultRe: ACL Tears in Labs

    Quote Originally Posted by CYNLABS
    Does your vet say what the general corrolation is? Too straight, too angled? Anything like that? My male was in good working condition when he blew the first one. 2nd blew 2 months after the first operation, as we warned it might do...though no one imagined so soon.
    http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/Hea...gamentRupture/

    This says straighter rear angulation is more prone to ACL issues but it was explained to me that there is actually an angle in the knee area that is telling.

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    DefaultRe: ACL Tears in Labs

    1. Slight Tear - Try to keep her calm and it will grow back. :suspious:

    Ligaments cannot grow back :no:.

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