Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
My dog is my baby and I just found out she needs knee surgery. A few days ago we let her in the backyard to go potty and she came back in on three legs! She didn’t put any weight on the right back leg for two days, so we took her to the vet. She was diagnosed with a torn crutiate (the human equivalent of he ACL) and since it is a complete tear, the only course of action is surgery.
The surgery is scheduled for Monday and I just hate seeing her in pain. I think the worst part is tha she needs to be kept completely immobile for 3 months after surgery. It’s going to be sooo hard when she’s feeling better after the surgery and just wants to play and we can’t let her 🙁
We used to have her crate trained when she was younger but she’s such a good girl that we started letting her have free reign around three years ago. I reintroduced her to her crate yesterday to try to get her adjusted to it before surgery. This all just breaks my heart (not to metion my wallet). Anyone else have experience with a surgery like this. Thanks for listening 🙂
Post # 3
Do you have a small spare room she could stay in if she doesn’t like the crate anymore? As long as she doesn’t have the oppurtunity to run, play, or jump on furniture a small room would be as effective as the crate.
It is hard, usually the types of dogs the rupture a curciate are high energy dogs. Do you have someone who does canine rehab in you area? All our cruciate dogs go home with a plan for rehab excercises, and although they are not doing what they did before surgery they can have a short walk a couple times a day depending on how long after surgery. Certainly not enough to burn off all their energy but at least curb the cabin fever.
Post # 4
@kimmo416: I am so sorry for your poor furbaby. I am insane when it comes to my furbaby love – I treat him like my child and often take heat for it (I don’t dress him up, but he is incorporated into our social life).
My furbaby had eye surgery and I understand what you’re going through. They want to play, and you are the mean mom who won’t let them 🙁 it’s heartbreaking as they can’t understand. You just have to console yourself that you are doing the best thing possible, even when it doesn’t feel like you are. We found some games/toys he could have that didn’t encourage running around and still got his “chew time” in.
I also understand what you mean about breaking the bank…We spent over $1000 on our furbaby’s eye surgery. Worth every penny though…I would have spent $10,000 (like I said, I’m insane).
Post # 5
@pixiecat: is totally right about the rehab and short walks – we always sent our dogs home with detailed instructions for the exercises, and made sure the owners understood exactly what they needed to do.
And while SHORT walks will be ok, you’re going to need to be the tough one and refuse play time for a while. Your heart AND your wallet will be hurting again if she re-injures it.
Post # 6
I don’t have anything to add, just wanted to wish you and your precious pooch good luck and a speedy recovery.
Post # 7
@kimmo416: There are a couple of yahoo groups about dogs with CCL problems and their recovery. You should look for them, they are a good resource.
Post # 8
I know exactly how you are feeling, my dog had the same surgery last November. It was terrible seeing her in pain but she recovered so much better than I thought she would. We had to wait about two months from the time she was injured until her surgery so she had gotten pretty good with walking on three legs. I also thought that she would have to be immobile for 3 months but really that’s not possible. She still had to go down a few steps to go outside and to get to her food and water. We didn’t have a crate anymore so we kept her in a spare room and blocked the doorway with a baby gate so she could still see us around the house. She really didn’t seem to mind for the most part and I think being in a small room as opposed to a crate gave her the opportunity to walk around and start to put weight on her leg naturally when she was ready. The surgeon actually said that she should be putting a little bit of weight on the leg after about two weeks.
I wish you and your dog a lot of luck! I was so worried and emotional on the day of her surgery but everything turned out great, even though her shaved leg looked like a silly turkey leg for a month or two 🙂
Post # 9
she’ll be ok! our baby just had to have surgery to get bladder stones removed and i was SO worried. two days later she was back to normal and trying to play, but we had to just make her snuggle for two weeks with no playing. it was a bummer but they’re dogs, they can handle it. just snuggle them, give them lots of treats and bones and itll pass fast.
our girl is SO MUCH HAPPIER after surgery, it was worth it. hang in there! dogs are resilient!
Post # 10
@kimmo416: we went through this last year with my pup. It was tough, but he was able to hike and run again with us! It was very expensive, but worth it. Unfortunately a lot of times they will need the other one fixed within a year And that is what we are looking at now. PM me if you have questions.
Post # 11
@kimmo416: Hugs!! My lab mix had two TTA surgeries back in 2009, he was only a year and a half old! He had the first one done then tore the second while recovering (which is common) and he tore his meniscus on the second leg.
It will look awful after surgery, (they shaved both legs, or his ‘pants’ and the bruises/incision site will be ugly) but they have good pain meds that keep them sleepy most of the time, and they heal quickly! I didn’t crate train, he was potty trained in two days, so i never saw the need which made it slightly more difficult but I basically put blankets down in my living room and boxed him in so he could get up and turn around, get to his water but that was it. We had a towel to put under his belly and we’d ‘help’ hold up his legs while he walked down the stairs to go out and to use the bathroom. probably a lot easier when your dog doesn’t weigh 120!
My Bear has been doing great since then, until this month when he tore his other meniscus!!! so we’re back to the vet for surgery. I know how hard it is to watch, but your dog will be so much better off with the surgery! Whats another mortgage payment in vet bills? ouch. At least I have pet insurance, which covers some of it. But he’s my fur baby, and we’d do anything for them, right?
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
I’ve been in meetings all day and couldn’t check the thread until now and you all have made me feel SO MUCH BETTER! Thank you for the support, advice and well wishes!
@pixiecat: I haven’t thought about doing professional rehab. Our vet said I would receive instructions after surgery on what do with her, but maybe it’s worth looking into someone who does it professionally. Unfortunately we don’t have a small room as I live in an apartment and the only closed off room is the bedroom and I don’t want her jumping on the bed.
@BoxerLady: what kind of games did you play with your furbaby that weren’t too active? most of our “play” time involved running around or fetching toys which is obviously out of the question now
@ccindrk: really appreciated hearing this. thanks 🙂 Which type of procedure did you do? We decided to go with the extracapsular stabilization.
@august05: I’m sorry you’re having to deal with the other one :/ Lots of hugs and good luck! Which procedure did you go with the first time and are you going to the same thing this time around?
@edgebee: using the towel is a great idea! My dog only weights 40 lbs so technically we could carry her, but I would be afraid to after surgery. I’m sorry you’re back for more surgery, lots of luck and hugs for Bear. I don’t have pet insurance but I’m thinking about seeing if I can get it since there’s a good chance I might go through this again on the other leg.
Post # 13
My pup had this surgery 2 years ago. I have to warn you it is a loooooong recovery. We followed the instructions to the letter because our surgeon told us that the most common cause for poor outcomes was owners who didn’t do all the rehab. It took about 8-9 months before Chunks was healed, but then it was like he was a puppy again! He obviously felt much better. We are now encountering issues with arthritis in his hind knees (he’s 6) so sometimes he is sore and requires meds or a rest. But overall it was a psotive experience and well worth the money spent. Good luck to you and your fur baby!
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
@JaymeC: Wow 8-9 months! Our vet told us to expect up to 6 months recovery. Good to know it could be even longer. Our vet told us the same thing about the rehab – we are commited to following it exactly too.
Post # 15
@kimmo416: I have Pet Plan, mostly because they didn’t exclude breed specific issues from coverage. So labs usually have bad hips or eyes, and that would be covered under my plan. lol, but bad knees were just lucky! Let me know if you have any questions about it, i’d be happy to answer.
Post # 16
I’d get an xpen in case she’s not comfortable with the crate. At least she could be near you and not so closed in. And don’t be afraid to ask the vet for something to keep her more calm if it’s an issue. I know a lot of people who have had to do this with their more active breeds.