(Closed) My dog needs knee surgery :(

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@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 πŸ™ 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
2376 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@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
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t have anything to add, just wanted to wish you and your precious pooch good luck and a speedy recovery.

Post # 7
4371 posts
Honey bee

@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
4 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 πŸ™‚

Post # 9
3195 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@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
526 posts
Busy bee

@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 # 13
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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 # 15
526 posts
Busy bee

@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
8285 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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.

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