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My best buddy injured her leg
Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, November 16, 2017 9:22 AM

Hollie my Lab/Rottie best buddy apparently injured her Cruciate Ligament in her left rear leg. The Xrays showed no hip or bone issues so that is good. I have her confined in her kennel along with her anti inflamatory meds. as per doctor orders, no running , jumping or unnecessary walking.  I hope surgery is not needed since even the doctor said it takes several weeks for recovery not to mention the $ it cost. I don't want to subject her to a surgery if it can be handled with slow recovery.

She was at 97 lbs. last year and has been on a diet and down to about 81 lbs. now so that maket it better on her injured leg.

Has any member here had the same issue with your pet and if so how long did the recovery take. Also any tips will be welcomed.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:18 AM

PJ, I’m very sorry to hear about her injury. As a present/ past partner of four labs, yes they are big physically active creatures.

We haven’t experienced that particular injury. But we’ve been through a series of bone and cancer leg issues. 

In the end, you’ll want to go with the best judgement of the vet as I’m sure you are planning.

i looked at the longer term in each case and realized that I needed to have certainty that she’d be up on her feet again and active in any way I could help.

Recovery in our case took a really long time. Like many months. 

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Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, November 16, 2017 2:45 PM

No pet experience with her issues, just on me.  Was a long process to get back to somewhat normal.

Hope she heals well without surgry.

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:19 PM

Sorry to hear that - poor hurt pup.  We have a Pomeranian/Bichon mix - they call it a PomeChon, I call her a BichAranian :)

 

In one of her mad moments yesterday she jumped off the sofa and hurt her front left 'knee'.  She's hobbling around.  Doesn't sound as severe as your pups issues.

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Posted by armor 2.0 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:21 PM

I have a black lab 11yrs old and she done a swan dive off the bed and injured her front shoulder and leg vet gave same prescription you got .The only thing I did was lightly excrise her on a lease so she wouldn' stiffen up.She recovered pretty quickly for being 11yrs old. Good luck.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:24 PM

Thanks for the feedback gents. I've had dogs for most of my 62 years and have never experienced this issue. It looks like it doesn't hurt her but simply bothers her when she walks and skips here and there. If that ligament was torn, IMO she wouldn't be walking now and then on that leg as she does.

Again, thanks for the feedback.

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Posted by patrick206 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:12 PM

Hi, Ernie -

Our lab is 6 years, very lean and in good shape, but sometimes seems like she's trying to set a record for some athletic action. She often "tweaks" a joint, looks like it's tender to use, but we restrict her for a few days and it's all better. Hopefully that's all yours is experiencing. Best wishes all is OK, our pups are precious, aren't they???

Patrick

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:26 PM

Hi Patrick, great hearing from you!

My Holly is 5 and is a rescue so she is very special and loving, precious indeed. It hurts me to see her limp over to me with her favorite toy and not be able to play with her. 

I do believe that strict activity confinement is paramount to let the ligament heal. I have been watching several You Tube pieces about the same issue and it takes several months for recevery. 

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Posted by David Kaneshiro on Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:35 PM

Sorry to hear that. Our 11-yr old black Lab, JJ has had TPLO surgery on both of his knees to fix what is the equivalent to a torn ACL in humans. Very expensive whe he had the surgery about 9-yrs ago.  Approx. $3,500 for each ”knee”.  The surgery requires sawing part of the bone and repositioning the joint to a different angle which is more stable than his original knee.  He’s great now but also suffers from arthritis in his front leg that limits his daily walks to about 20 minutes.  With him being 11, hes a great companion when I’m building.

Best of luck to you and your buddy.

David K.

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Posted by damouav on Friday, November 17, 2017 4:26 AM

PJ, Truly sorry to hear the news, I hope she is not in any pain and comfortable while she gets better.

I have my best friend curled up on my bed at the moment with her tounge sticking out fast asleep.

All the very best from both of us.

Damian

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, November 17, 2017 7:16 AM

Ah !

 Mine wasn't as big . If you can imagine a Chihuahua with a peg leg !

 My little guy jumped wrong off my lap and Broke his front leg 

 He made it through  But he was also very funny while in a cast . My Jack Russell got very hard to handle after she broke her right rear leg in the middle of the thigh .

 She just surprisingly got mean during her healing ! Talk about $  , Oh Boy . My present pal has a hip problem that the doc said was genetic . He takes three bounces before he can get up on the couch ! Vet said let him do that , it will strengthen the muscles keeping him mobile . he seems to think it's a game , but Boy does he grunt like an old man when he gets up !

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Posted by murph on Friday, November 17, 2017 7:50 AM

David Kaneshiro

Sorry to hear that. Our 11-yr old black Lab, JJ has had TPLO surgery on both of his knees to fix what is the equivalent to a torn ACL in humans. Very expensive whe he had the surgery about 9-yrs ago.  Approx. $3,500 for each ”knee”.  The surgery requires sawing part of the bone and repositioning the joint to a different angle which is more stable than his original knee.  He’s great now but also suffers from arthritis in his front leg that limits his daily walks to about 20 minutes.  With him being 11, hes a great companion when I’m building.

Best of luck to you and your buddy.

David K.

 

platicjunkie...here's hoping that your pooch is able to recover without the surgery that David refers to, the TPLO.  We had two Goldens and due to their rambunctiousness, one required one TPLO usrgery and the other TPLO on both rear knees.  I think we've paid for the renovfations to the vet clinic we go to.

Both Bronson and Shelby were quite young whe they had their surgeries and they lived great lives (both made it to age 15) without any evidence of any arthritis, post surgery.

Best of luck to you and pooch.

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, November 17, 2017 10:21 AM

I’m sorry to hear of such an issue with your fur baby.  They are so precious. I wish a quick recovery with no surgeries.  Our fur babies are Ohana, family.

Your friend, Toshi

 

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, November 17, 2017 12:31 PM

Try to avoid the surgury if you can.  Our Beagle blew out her knee and tore the ligaments.  Had to have two surguries. The healing required hours of watching her to make sure she wouldn't rip her stitches out or get an infection.  Its was like having an infant all over again.  

Being a Beagle, she was to smart to wear a cone, so it was a long two months for the recovery.  

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, November 17, 2017 5:09 PM

Thanks guys. I'm trying very hard not to have the surgery done, I don't want to put her thru that. The complete rest approach seems to be helping since she seems to be limping less and using the bad led a bit more when I take her out to potty then back to her cage and her comfy padded bed.

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Posted by ManCityFan on Saturday, November 18, 2017 7:12 AM

Hey PJ, I don't have any helpful advice, but wanted to say I am sorry to hear your girl is having a hard time.  I am a cat guy, and have been accused of being a "helicopter owner" because I freak out any time one of my pets is having a problem.  I know how hard it is to watch when your best friend is have a hard time.   

But, you are a good pet owner, and will do right by her, and it sounds like she is getting better.  Prayers for a full recovery.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, November 18, 2017 7:22 AM

You Know ;

 We seem tp forget here . A dog , Cat or bird , even fish .When they've been part of the family for some time .Like four legged ones . It's hard to see them uncomfortable . Besides the antics they go through to get the " Cone of Reprimand " off is too funny .

 I call the cone that because of how my cat reacted when she got one for a  "Sorry " her human stepped on her paw , breaking the bones in it . She didn't purr or talk to me for the whole time she had the cone on .

 One day about a week before the final vet visit . She jumped up on the lap , she had managed to wriggle out of the cone . Yup ! she had the cone around her middle!!

  Love your little Or big ,  furry child and remember they give Love , Unconditionally and ask really nothing except a pat and food , water and a warm, safe place to sleep . 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, December 02, 2017 10:03 AM

A small update about Holly's leg. In 5 days it will be a month that she injured it but I must say that the complete rest recipe seems to be working.

I have her crated for most of the day giving her plenty of rest and being let out for short bathroom periods and meals. She is barely limping if that, a skip now and then when she walks.

This is the time not to be careless because any jumping or running will set her recovery back. From what I have been reading, each day of rest will help build up the muscle scar tissue till she is fully recovered but being aware that a re injury can occur so extra care is needed to avoid that.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, December 02, 2017 12:29 PM

I'm sorry I missed this earlier, pj.  But glad to hear Holly is doing better.  When pets are ailing, it really stresses us out with worry and concern.  Hope she recovers completely.

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, December 02, 2017 1:18 PM

Thanks check. Some people say they are just animals. To me they are family members that give unconditional loyalty and love.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, December 02, 2017 2:15 PM

You're absolutely right, pj.  My Jack Russell, named Sergeant Saunders, is nine years old, and a constant companion.  I can easily understand your connection with Holly!

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina

 

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, December 02, 2017 3:24 PM

checkmateking02

You're absolutely right, pj.  My Jack Russell, named Sergeant Saunders, is nine years old, and a constant companion.  I can easily understand your connection with Holly!

 

That is so cool! Do you ever call him Chip? LOL

My shadow is my 13 year old blind Bichon named Coco. Even though shes totally blind, she still manages to follow me through the house. She sleeps either next to me by the bedor under it.

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, December 02, 2017 4:20 PM

Glad to read PJ that your girl is doing better. Lots of rest and LOTS of love help our furry kids weather most storms that come. I would do anything for my dog, he may not get played with as often as he would like but I would do everything in my power to keep the big oaf around. So long as his quality of life isn't diminished, he has no fear of being........not in this house. Sorry rambled really glad to hear your pup is well on the mend. Thanks for the update.

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Posted by damouav on Saturday, December 02, 2017 5:11 PM

PJ, Great news.

Wishing you both the very best and hoping Holly is up and about very soon.

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Posted by Hunter on Saturday, December 02, 2017 7:26 PM

Ernie,

It's great too hear that Holly is doing better. Before you know it she will be chasing her toys and digging up the backyard. And I totally agree with you, their not animals...but 100% family members. Wishing her a continued speedy recovery. 

Hunter 

      

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, December 03, 2017 1:18 PM

Thanks fellas! Here she is!

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