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Torn ACL on my lab

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by glenn mcleod, Oct 8, 2009.

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  1. glenn mcleod

    glenn mcleod Member

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    My 6 1/2 year Black Lab has a torn ACL, it doesn't seem to be too bad, do any of them heal? or is she headed for surgery? Glenn
     
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    Had acl tear in a 1 1/2 black lab old vet said wait 9 weeks if doesnt get better operate had to put a stainless band around her knee shes 9 now and has hunted ducks and geese pretty so if need be it can be fixed
     
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    if it is really a torn acl - they dont heal- only get worse
     
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    Glenn, we've been there with over 30 Lab's here. It's no different than a human. I'd contact a specialist or a University near you. Recovery depends on the quality. There are new technologies at the Universities that your normal Vet does'nt have access to. Good Luck, Doug
     
  5. jlesley

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    Hi Glenn - I work for a veterinarian and surgery is most likely in your future. I also am a canine physical rehaber and we have tried to work on a few without surgery, but not much success. Underwater treadmill keeps the muscles strong but doesn't fix the knee. However, these dogs recover much quicker with rehab post surgery - I would check into it and see if there is one in your area. Good Luck!! Jill
     
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    one of mt Rotts did this, gave the dog 2 asprin a day for pain and he healed up pretty good, vet says it may lead to arthritis over time.

    Rick
     
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    We have a Foxhound that had one repaired, without the surgry he would be lame. We had a student vet surgeon perform the repair, he was never 100% again but he gets around just fine.

    Ronbo
     
  8. dward

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    Glenn

    We have a wirehair that tore her ACL a couple years ago. Bob Munson is the expert on labs with this problem. When I researched this and talked to Bob I found out that there are about 3 ways to treat this. The oldest procedure was to tie/sew the knee joint together with a monofilament type thread. The next was a procedure called a TPLO which is a procedure where the bone is actually cut to an angle where the joint is better supported. The most recent procedure is called a TTA and involves a titanium support that is fixed to the joint which also supports it.

    Bob recommended Dr. Levine in Inver Grove Heights, MN (Mpls area) and that is where we went. Dr. Levine told me that if it was his dog he'd go with the TTA and that's what we did. Without the surgery the dog will limp and possibly lose use of the leg. With the surgery our dog is running like nothing was wrong. I think Bob's lab had the TPLO as the TTA is pretty new.

    I think sewing the joint together costs about a grand and the other two are 2+. As your dog is young I would recommend having it fixed. And if you want some "lab" feedback Bob is a great guy to talk to.

    If you want any more info my email is warddan@hotmail.com

    Dan Ward
     
  9. glenn mcleod

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    Thanks for the replies. She doesn't seem to be in any pain and walks normal until she tries to run and then will stand on her tip toe and sit on the good side for awhile. I am taking her only by leash now with the hopes that it isn't completely torn, the vet didn't take any xrays but said he could move the knee futher forward than it should go and because of the tip toe resting of that leg and the sitting on the good side told him it was a torn ACL. I wonder if a second opinion is needed and would xrays confirm how bad it is? Glenn
     
  10. pj 999

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    We got a german shepard that has both legs done. We went with the monofilament fix. Cost was $500 vs $1200 & up per leg. We go to an old style country vet. Did it in right there at office. Good results in both legs, although one has a slight limp. There was hardly any healing time other than incision. Have the vet you chose explain all choices and outcomes etc if operation fails. Good luck,Paul
     
  11. Steelermen32

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    My dog Harry, Black Lad/American Bull mix has torn his right rear and left rear ACL in the span of one year. 1 year apart to the day. The key with these injuries is the rehab just like in a human. No rehab not progress. As for the surgury there are many pro's and con's to the type of surguries (TPLO) steel plate and (Non TPLO) grafting of thigh muscle and making a new ligament. Harry had the non TPLO and has come back to his old self. If you live in PA. Or MD. Dr. Bob Cohen North Laurel Animal Hospital. Best doc for the surgury. And the Rehab was Smoketown Vet Hospital In Lancaster Pa. for the rehab. I would not have my best buddy back if it were not for these two great Veternary Institues. Have surgury right away for the best sucess and the rehab will start about 10 days after surgury. If you need more information just e-mail me. Good luck.

    Tim Barnes
     
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