ACL repair. To knife or not.

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Postby BrokenAquarian » Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:32 pm

Thanks guys :)
Glad to know that the staples aren't a big deal.

She destroyed the e-collar while in the crate. Crates and cones don't really mix well at all.
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:39 pm

BrokenAquarian wrote:Thanks guys :)
Glad to know that the staples aren't a big deal.

She destroyed the e-collar while in the crate. Crates and cones don't really mix well at all.


If she isn't a persistent licker, the inflatable donut style e-collars may work well for her. They sell them at our local petco so I would imagine others have them as well.
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby BrokenAquarian » Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:21 pm

Ah, I wish. I believe the closest one is an hour and a half away. Tomorrow I will call the vet and see if they know of any place that carries something like that.
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby dogs4jen » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:23 pm

The donut worked well for Roscoe too. He seemed to think it was his personal pillow. It was totally useless for front legs though.
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby BrokenAquarian » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:47 pm

Keela is doing great with not licking. I think I'm going to get both dogs a Neck Hug pillow/collar. I'm worried about the inflatable ones being popped.

After having the staples removed, licking isn't much of a problem, right? The collar isn't really needed after two weeks?
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby dogs4jen » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:02 pm

I don't remember for sure, but I think we had him wear it longer than that, I think it was more like four weeks. I wanted to be sure it was totally healed.
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby BrokenAquarian » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:25 pm

Thanks - it's been awhile since I had one of my dogs sliced open. It's hard to remember the little things. lol
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby BrokenAquarian » Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:02 pm

Just got back from the 6 week post op appointment. They took x rays. The vet said everything is healing beautifully. I'll have her started on the carpet mill in two weeks.

She's such a tough little bitch. Right now, she's passed out on my bed. They knocked her out and brought her back in about 10 minutes. It was so funny to see her go back with the vet, all full of spunk and energy - then return spaced out of her mind. lol you could tell she was confused.


So, that's one more vote for the TPLO. Having a 7 year old, high energy dog, I am very happy with the choice. :)
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby dogs4jen » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:51 pm

Glad it's going so well! :thumbsup:
Is a carpetmill ok for rehabbing dogs after knee surgery?
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby BrokenAquarian » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:55 pm

I don't think it's a good idea while they're still healing, but afterwards it should be fine.
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:22 am

Just start really slowly and build your way back to full exercise. Glad she's doing well!
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby MJ » Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:06 pm

you def made the right choice by surgery...my boy had his one back leg done a couple years ago and the other back leg went right after....I couldn't imagine him not being able to walk on his back legs at all....
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby BrokenAquarian » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:18 pm

Well, I think Keela blew her other knee. I was hoping I'd get more time, but that's how it goes. I'll give her a few days to see if there's improvement and take her in for an x ray.

Ah well, at least I know what I'm in for this time. I'm not worried. :)
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:41 pm

Boo for the costs of surgery #2 but yay for your positive attitude! Best wishes to your girl!
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Re: ACL repair. To knife or not.

Postby BrokenAquarian » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:36 pm

Thank you, Allison :)

She's almost not even limping today, so I've got my fingers crossed. :pray observation and rest is in her cards. :)
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