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Postby chia pit » Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:14 pm

just a thought have u tried nupro joint support its a all natural dog supplement i have been using it on my 12 year old for his hips he has bad arthritis and he no longer needs pain meds :thumbsup:

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Postby Otis » Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:51 pm

ZiggysMom wrote:If it was with the knee, odds are it was a luxating patella (dislocated kneecap) or a cranial cruciate ligament rupture (also known as CCL, ACL). Those are the most common.

The Rimadyl should work right away, but the cosequin can take a couple of weeks to show its full effect.

My biggest worry if basic pain meds aren't working would be that there may be something more going on, like a new injury or even (God forbid) bone cancer.

Sometimes with the cruciate ruptures you can get a partial tear that later becomes a complete tear.


Apparently she limped for a year before I got her, so she's had an injury for awhile. Its just recently she hasn't been putting weight on it. You've officially scared the chocolate out of me with the cancer scare. I'll call the vet tomorrow.

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Postby Kingsgurl » Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:21 am

Sometimes with the cruciate ruptures you can get a partial tear that later becomes a complete tear.


You can also have dogs who deal with the pain and only limp sporadically even with full tears (which will NOT heal on their own)

Goo dluck with finding out what is going on.

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Postby Otis » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:33 am

Talked to the vet this morning, she's gonna go back in for more x-rays and we are going to look at surgery. She also mentioned bone tumors so now I am definitely panicking....

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Postby Beowulf » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:54 am

Calm down. :hug:

Here's hoping all goes well.

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Postby tia_leigha » Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:04 am

Prayers for you guys!
I hope everything comes out alright

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Postby Otis » Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:15 pm

whelp, Ashes needs surgery. Going in for consultation next week. Not what I was hoping for, but I gotta do what I gotta do for her.

Maryland folks, do you know of any good affordable specialists around here? She has a torn ligament, and there are two surgical options. One is when they repair the ligament with a similar material for about 1,500. Another is when they...uh...angle the bone...and I sort of zoned out for a minute and blanked on what she was saying (ADD up the wazoo) for about 3,000. She recommended me to a Doctor in Bowie who I will probably pursue, she offers both surgeries and will discuss with me which one is really going to help Ashes.

I'm hoping to find some sort of payment plan, or hopefully borrow money from my folks who are, let me say, are well endowed. I'm hoping they can offer me some sort of payment plan where I will have enough money to 1. get the surgery, 2. see a behaviorist, 3. move out of my house, 4. feed myself.

Looks like I'll be cuttin' back on the booze and cigarettes now! Lucky enough for me a girl at my work got fired, which leaves us with me, a "part time" and a full time guy, and the owner taking care of about 40 dogs....wooo, needless to say I'm taking on some extra shifts.

I think I can do this, assuming my parents will loan me the money, which I think they will because they love her and hate seeing her in pain. I think this will all work out. I can't wait to see her running around and being herself again. She's getting fat too! When I got her she weighed 40 pounds, now she ways 55! The first 5 pounds I was happy she gained, the extra 10 she definitely doesn't need.

Should I continue working on getting her into the pool? Its nearly 100 today so I may try that, but she hates water.

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Postby Chili Peppers » Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:29 pm

Most vets will recommend TPLO now, but be prepared for a long recovery process. The success of the procedure depends on how well you manage to keep your dog at rest after the surgery.

I can't recommend anyone in your area, but thanks for "doing what you gotta do " for your dog ! :thumbsup:

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Postby Otis » Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:55 pm

How long is the recovery process? Is it going to be a bad idea to crate her while she is recovering (while I'm at work)? I've already gotten into the habit of carrying her up the stairs and into bed.

Since Ashes is getting less excersise, well, no exsercise, should I be cutting down on her food? She normally gets a cup and a half a day, lately just a cup. I don't want her to feel hungry, and she does need the food to keep her stomach from getting upset with the medication, but the weight gain is going to do a lot of harm.

What is TPLO?

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Postby Otis » Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:57 pm

And since the Rymadel wasn't helping Ashes much as far as pain is concerned the vet switched me over to Previcox. Anyone have any experience with that medication? I'm supposed to discontinue the use of the Rymadel until Sunday, so she's probably going to be in some pain, but she's still on cosaquin.

Sorry for the spelling, just sound it out :))

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Postby Chili Peppers » Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:09 pm

Otis wrote:How long is the recovery process? Is it going to be a bad idea to crate her while she is recovering (while I'm at work)? I've already gotten into the habit of carrying her up the stairs and into bed.

Since Ashes is getting less excersise, well, no exsercise, should I be cutting down on her food? She normally gets a cup and a half a day, lately just a cup. I don't want her to feel hungry, and she does need the food to keep her stomach from getting upset with the medication, but the weight gain is going to do a lot of harm.

What is TPLO?


Here you go (I'm not vouching for this surgeon, just giving you the link so you can read up):

http://vetsurgerycentral.com/tplo.htm

Your dog MUST be crated at all times in the first weeks. The recovery process can take up to two months, but you must only take your dog out on a leash for potty for the first 6 weeks. No exercise. I have a friend who had TPLO done on her pitbull (who is a trained disc/flyball dog). The dog has fully recovered and is back in training and competing.

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Postby Otis » Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:14 pm

Crated at all times? Jesus...

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Postby OlympianAB » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:48 pm

i was told by my friend Rachel, whoes trying to join the board this

" Dr Canaap or Dr. Jaeger at VOSM are awesome (but a little pricey but soooo worth it!)






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Postby Kingsgurl » Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:11 am

You really should meet with the specialist you choose and discuss the options in depth. TPLO (the bone/angle leveling procedure) is almost always suggested almost by default as it is a newer, 'better' procedure. HOWEVER, the traditional repair works just as well for some dogs, depending on their structure.
Martin had Bi-Lateral Extra-Capsular cruciate repair (meaning he had both knees repaired during the same procedure using the traditional method) After extensive consultations, we went with this repair as he has very straight action (little sideways flex on the knee joint) is smallish (50 pounds) and the procedure is far less invasive. The recovery time is far shorter. He had surgery almost one year ago and I could not be happier with the results (him either!)

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Postby Otis » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:04 am

phew...

vet called yesterday about the blood work taking to approve her for surgery. Seems as though she has problems in one of her kidneys. I'm taking a urine sample today. The vet said it could just be dehydration....but why is she dehydrated? She has plenty of water access, and she really isn't spending a lot of time outside. Maybe a half an hour a day total!


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