Luxating patella - experiences?

Talk about diets, exercise, and disease.
User avatar
Allie
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10814
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:09 am
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Contact:

Postby Allie » Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:30 am

Thanks, maybe I'll look into that one. It would break my heart to have to use a regular elizabethan collar on Sid, especially after she's all bandaged up and everything.

User avatar
Annika
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10913
Joined: Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:57 pm
Location: Milwaukee

Postby Annika » Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:34 am

Yes, looks promising. I think if I saw Piper with a lampshade on her head, my heart would shatter into pieces. :(

User avatar
Allie
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10814
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:09 am
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Contact:

Postby Allie » Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:08 pm

Well, I made Sidda's appointment for her evaluation with the specialist. She'll see him one week from today. Wish us luck.

lisa&tylor
Adolescent Bully
Posts: 308
Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2005 6:34 pm
Location: east coast canada

Postby lisa&tylor » Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:29 am

Good Luck Allie & Sid! We have our consult Feb. 7 (and likely surgery the next day). Birk sends Sid a hug :hug:

User avatar
Allie
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10814
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:09 am
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Contact:

Postby Allie » Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:51 am

Thanks Birk, and good luck to you too. :hug:

User avatar
Annika
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10913
Joined: Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:57 pm
Location: Milwaukee

Postby Annika » Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:14 pm

We made our appointment too, today. Piper sees the orthopedic vet on February 1st. I'm going in to work late that day so my husband and I can go together with her.

We're all in this together guys! :hug:

User avatar
Allie
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10814
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:09 am
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Contact:

Postby Allie » Thu Jan 18, 2007 7:29 am

Wow, we really are in this together.
I'm hoping my bf will be in town so he can go to the appointment with us. Especially since he'll be the one helping her during her recovery while I'm at work.

Annika, do you plan to schedule the surgery right away after consultation or will you wait for a short while?
We probably will have some decisions to make after Sid's eval. Like which vet we will take her to for surgery. I'm a little worried that since she has to have both knees done, the cost for the orthopedic vet will be too much right now. :sad:

User avatar
Annika
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10913
Joined: Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:57 pm
Location: Milwaukee

Postby Annika » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:32 pm

We're going to schedule it based on how her eval. goes. Ideally, we'd want to push it to 6 months from now...for 6 more months we're living in a 3rd-floor flat, and after that we'll have a house with a fenced yard. Since stairs are a no-no after the surgery, I would wish not to risk throwing my back out carrying Piper up and down all those stairs 4 times a day.

But the other part of me says, we can be strong and endure the recovery here in our apartment. Her knee popped out 5 times today, that's more than it usually does (some days she goes all day without incident)....and I cannot stand knowing that each time it pops out, a couple more particles of bone wear away. It's a race against the clock, if we want to have the ideal surgery on very good bone.

So, we want to hear if the vet says "She's in the super early stages, you can wait, just take it easy on her," or if he says "Earliest is best." In the end I want to do what's best for Piper, not what's best for us.

Surgery by this vet would cost $2000, and he comes highly recommended by friends whose dogs have had identical operations. I'm thinking that with surgery, there are no "bargains" to be had really...no-one will operate for $500 and not seem totally dodgy. I'm too afraid we get what we pay for.

Be sure and post how Sid's eval goes on Thursday.

User avatar
Annika
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10913
Joined: Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:57 pm
Location: Milwaukee

Postby Annika » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:36 pm

Allie wrote:I'm a little worried that since she has to have both knees done, the cost for the orthopedic vet will be too much right now. :sad:


Forgot....

Take a look at this. My friend used this for her cane corso's torn ACL which needed emergency surgery. No interest if you pay it back in 3, 6, 12, or 18 months with a minimum monthly payment. She was able to pay for her dog's surgery in $200 chunks per month which was so much easier than dishing out all $5000.

http://www.carecredit.com/

jimbojones
Newborn Bully
Posts: 63
Joined: Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:11 pm
Location: NJ

Postby jimbojones » Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:46 am

Ours was aroung 1600$ for the place that was reccommended locally.

Annika, the stairs will be a killer, if you can wait it would probally be well worth it.

lisa&tylor
Adolescent Bully
Posts: 308
Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2005 6:34 pm
Location: east coast canada

Postby lisa&tylor » Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:00 am

Wow, we definately have a support group going here! :thumbsup: Birk has been fine (not bothered or restless) with the reduced exercise, suprisingly. She is very active by nature, especially when outside, but has been more than content with her chew toys and extra cuddles. :)) We noticed this morning she's looking a little chubbier, though - wonder why we were too dense to think to reduce her food intake.. :oops: (duh). Her new nickname is Booty-girl lol . We are able to let her outside off leash to pee (she might run a bit but not much), and take her on shorter (10-20 min) on-leash walks most days, with no obvious increase in symptoms. We're hoping for a speedy recovery post-surgery so we can get her out more.

It is definately an expensive surgery (we were quoted an estimate of $1200 for only 1 knee, plus 2 6-hour trips, and overnight vet expenses of $50/night). We'll be travelling as a family to the consult and drop off and again to pick her up (myself and my husband as well as out other dog, who loves road trips). We'll try to have some fun while we're there- might as well get something out of it!

User avatar
Allie
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10814
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:09 am
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Contact:

Postby Allie » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:07 pm



Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
I think I'm going to look into getting a credit card for her surgery too. See which makes the most sense.

User avatar
Allie
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10814
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 8:09 am
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Contact:

Postby Allie » Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:50 am

Hey support group friends.... ;)

I forgot to mention that I had to cancel Sidney's appointment this week. I hope to be able to reschedule within the next week or two. I'll let you know what happens then.

Allie

User avatar
Annika
Addicted to PBF
Posts: 10913
Joined: Fri Jun 23, 2006 2:57 pm
Location: Milwaukee

Postby Annika » Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:48 pm

Glad the thread's still alive. Piper's appointment is fast approaching: one week from today! It's the kind of situation where, if the vet deems it best for her to have surgery now rather than waiting, it would literally happen moments after her evaluation. We'll see.

Like Allie, I'll keep you posted! :)

User avatar
Rugersmama
Adolescent Bully
Posts: 367
Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:09 am
Location: Bothell, WA

Postby Rugersmama » Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:46 pm

Just wanted to chime in and say, "I feel your pain". Our bulldog tore both her ACL's at age 2. Our vet gave us a great referral to an ortho vet and we ended up having TPLO surgery on each knee...one at a time of course. We did the first knee in Sep04 and the second in Feb05.

Recovery is a b*tch! Annika - DEFINITELY put it off as much as you can....We were fortunate to live in a rambler at the time, so stairs weren't an issue.

But still, she had to LIVE in an x-pen for 8 weeks, to recover, each time. We had to completely limit her movement. It was sooo awful, and she's a slow-poke bulldog, so I can only imagine having to do that to a high-energy terrier....
We used to laydown in the x-pen with her and watch TV, just so she didn't have to be alone too much.

Keep us posted on your babes!

Oh, and luxating patellas is a common ailment of Bulldogs...so you could check out this forum: www.bulldogsworld.com and click on message board #2 (that's the one just for health probs) and it has a search feature...


Return to “Health Issues”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 18 guests