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Lame dog ??--With pics

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  1. southjblue

    southjblue Active Member

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    I have a 6 yr old Britney that has come up with a lame back knee.He loves to run but since the knee problem I don't exercise him much anymore---He never complains and will run on three legs---My vet gave me anti-inflammatory pills and they seem to help---My ? is---Has anyone had this problem and any thoughts.
    Thanks---George
     
  2. Shooting Sailor

    Shooting Sailor Well-Known Member

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    Go to another vet. Ask around the sporting dog community in your area about the best vet for knee ligament diagnosis andtreatment.Sporting dogs are like human athletes, they can tear ligaments in their knees doing normal activities, and the longer you let it go, the harder(and more expensive) it can be to fix, to say nothing of incurring more damage.
     
  3. southjblue

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    My vet took xrays and just said it is a bad knee joint---He's one of the best in my area---What kind of a fix is there?---I'll try another but they say an operation is around $3,000.00 and not sure of cure---George
     
  4. no5shooter

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    OK, here's my experience with this: My dog came up lame also, torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament, same as happens to pro jocks). It just happens that the vet who headed up the veterinary program at UC Davis (near Sacramento) retired to my area of central Oregon. He was also the vet for the Guide Dog for the Blind facility in Santa Rosa, so he's got some credentials. He also just happened to specialize in ACL repair for dogs. So... we got lucky with having the guy available, doing this surgery on an 'on-call' basis in the area. Cost me about $2500, but my buddy is as close to 100% as he could be with that problem. Two years later, same problem, other leg. Another $2500, and he's going strong. I'm entirely satisfied that it was worth every cent. A good dog is pain-free and totally mobile.
    I don't know where you're located, George, but if you're anywhere on the west coast it might be worth it to consider a trip to central OR.
    Jerry
     
  5. southjblue

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    Thanks Jerry---I'm on the east coast but I'm trying to get some better advice in my area---George
     
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    George, if he doesn't need surgery ask about a script for an NSAID. (non steroidal anti arthritis drug) My lab tried three before he could tolerate one (he has a paper stomach like me). He has been on Previcox for three years, works great, PM me if you need to know more or want to talk direct.
    Also if its diagnosed as OCD (not the mental disorder !) most times its inoperable, but the drug will take care of it. OCD more common in labs & larger dogs, dogs like yours not so much.

    If you are in PA I have a guy with hands of gold in Wilkes Barre to look at him.
     
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    There are curently 3 procedures for ACL repair that you can research and check to see if your Vet can do any of them. There is the older 'fish line surgery',TPLO surgery and in recent years the 'TightRope' surgery as Developed by Dr. Cook(You can google these).
    Tight Rope is least expensive(1500-1700 in Georgia as an example) and involves drilling a single hole in each of the 2 bones at the knee(stifle joint). A kevlar shoe lace is passed through both and anchored by small stainless steel clips. This is more orthoscopic in nature-3 incisions,one about 3 inches and two small incisiona.TPLO is more invasive and more expensive.About 4 months of rehab on average.Be careful to follow rehab directions or you'll be doing the other leg as well.
    Good luck.
    Jim
     
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    I am a veterinary board certified surgeon that sees about 10-15 dogs a week for CCL (ACL in a human) tears. If your primary goal is to get this dog back using the leg as normal as possible - go see a board certified surgeon - will be worth the $ and time. You can go to the ACVS web site and look up board certified surgeons in your area.

    In my opinion the TPLO is the gold standard for CCL reconstruction. Next best is TTA, then Tightrope or bone anchor and fiber wire and lastly the fishing line method. One of the previous threads mentioned the tight rope- its nes, less invasive but there are more and more surgeons ( that are truely specialist with advanced training and board certified) that are shying away from the tightrope. In my opinion its not as graet a procedure as its being touted to be- there are more train wrecks thatn what is being reported.

    Good luck - see a board certified surgeon ( and yes you will probably spend 2500-3000 to get it done correctly!!)
     
  9. 1oz

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    I've got a male Siberian Husky around 95-100 lbs huge dog not fat that tore both rear ACL's .The emergancy vet suggested TPLO how could i argue. Total after Dog setter coming durning the day to change water exercise etc etc it was around $10,000.00 Was that high ??? Was it worth every penny Yes been 5 years dog is going on strong . Now after surgery they installed a cast some vets dont . Ive seen a few dogs without the cast i think its easier on the owners with the cast on or with . Good Luck i was told also the sooner the better for the animal .
     
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    My 6 year old chocolate Lab has bone infection in her left shoulder. I have spent thousands sense last November when it was discovered. We have tried several different antibioctics, 2 biopsices of the bone. I took her back to the vet yesterday. They say that they may have to remove the leg and shoulder. If anyone has had similair problems or knows of a cure. Please email or call me.402-684-2900 Mark Mauch
     
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    I've diagnosed the prob, George! You said your vet gave you anti-inflammatory pills.......he should have given them to your dog.

    ;^/

    Kit
     
  12. Bruce Specht

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    My Black lab loved to run and would be lame afterwards. thoguht it was a knee but after going to the VEt found it to be a shoulder issue. On my vets advise I took her to a college UW Madison surgery and in two months she was all good.
     
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    George said:

    "He never complains"...............

    Buddy if your dog starts complaining, its time to put the bottle down and seek some help for yourself. Of all the animals i've owned i have never had one say anything. LOL

    Hope it all works out good for your friend.

    Matt
     
  14. southjblue

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    Thanks Matt---He's not the complaining type---Guess he thinks it's part of life.Someone told me once--If we were only as good as they think we are---


    And Kit---The vet thought I needed those pills---You think they were for the dog?---DAMN---

    George
     
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    TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS?

    Ouch. I guess buying health insurance for pets isn't so dumb after all.

    HM
     
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    My previous Britney had a tumor in a joint that was cancerous and ended up killing her. Don't screw around. Get a second opinon.
     
  17. glenn mcleod

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    My lab had a bad left leg and 2 vets said it was a torn ACL and should be repaired. Both however said it was not torn completely through and if we kept her on a leash for 3-4 months the scare tissue may be enough so surgery would not be necessary. We faithfully went out with her day or night and today the vets can feel the difference in the knees but she has no pain and runs just fine. She is now almost 9 and I am almost 68 so we hunt just fine together. We also gave her one coated aspirin each day during the healing time. If it's not torn through it is worth a try, but remember she can't run, jump, cut corners, etc. One of the worse things dog owners do is to throw the frisbee for their dogs and they run and catch it in the air and come down wrong on the leg. My dog loved to run around the house corner and try to catch a bird or rabbit and one spring day there was ice at the corner and she went around the corner and lost her grip and tore the knee. Several friends spent the $2500 and didn't get good results, others had excellent results but remember most don't guarantee their work and some dogs are worse after the surgery. Glenn
     
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    I had a super high performance Setter who came up lame at the age of about 4. He managed to recover enough so that I could hunt him for about an hour without him experiencing much pain or stiffness the next day. I also gave him Ascriptin, a coated aspirin, after each hunt which made him feel much better.

    I retired him at the age of 10. He still wanted to hunt but it was just too hard for him. One day I came home and he did not get up to greet me. The vet theorized that it was a tumor which had grown enough to press on his spinal nerves paralyzing his rear. We tried several things but he never got back on his feet. All the while he was completely alert and had his old apetite and personality. I have always wondered if that tumor (if that's what it was) had been growing all that time since he was 4 years old.

    He may have been the best bird dog I ever saw
     
  19. southjblue

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    Birdog---I know the feeling---Had an Eng shorthair---was the N.J. State champ twice---Lost her to cancer---Her picture hangs over my fireplace to this day.
    They will bring tears----George
     
  20. southjblue

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    Here was my Jessie-And my Brit Name HONOR---Thanks to all for your support and help---George-

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