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My Dog Elsa - Bilateral Ruptured Cruciate Ligament

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by carolynspencer, Mar 26, 2011.


  1. carolynspencer

    carolynspencer PetForums Newbie

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    My nine year old Golden Retriever Elsa ruptured her cruciate ligament chasing a squirrel last October.
    The day after her xrays a day before surgery she forgot she was in pain tried to jump into the car and partially ruptured the other one.

    She had surgery to similiar to tplo last October and has had a really long recovery involving two more operations one to replace a loose screw at six weeks which then came out three days later and two months after this she broke two more so had to have another operation to put two more back in. At the last xray the bottom screws are now broken but thankfully we are five months down the line so the bone suprisingly has completely healed. We were really careful with her crating her and only allowed out on a lead for wees and poos etc but the surgeon said this had probably happened because her other leg had gone as well and whereas most dogs would hop around on three legs she couldn't. She was also overweight at the time but this due to a strict diet has been sorted. Last Tuesday she went in for her second major operation in five months to sort out the other leg. Her meniscus was completely wrecked by this stage and was clicking horribly. The cruciate was hanging on by a thread. Anyway I am fairly optimistic this time four days after she came home she can now extend on the floor her operated leg and is doing really well. I am sleeping on the floor next to her pen where I have been since October and sit with her most of the day so she doesn't get bored.

    If anyone is interested in hearing about her progress I would be happy to reply.
     
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  2. Blondie

    Blondie PetForums VIP

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    Sounds like you and your dog have had a right time of it!:eek:

    Glad all seems to be improving for you now though. Out of my 8 rotts I've owned/still own, one bitch has had TPLO on both legs and the other has had the old method of repair on one leg, fortunately, both bitches healed really well and we've had no complications to date.
     
  3. cinnamontoast

    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    Blimey, that's a complicated lot to deal with! My lad had both done with the tplo and was back to full fitness within about 5 months of the second one. Hope your girl is too. The best thing we did was keep him lean and be ver strict reintroducing exercise.

    There's a good cruciate sticky in the health section, I think.
     
  4. rona

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    Hi, sounds as if you have both had a very rough time.
    I made a diary of my experiences which was made into a sticky, please feel free to add your story to it. Having some of the problems highlighted is always a good idea :)
    I hope that this recovery goes through without setbacks
     
  5. 303fml

    303fml PetForums Newbie

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    Glad to here Elsa is doing so well. Did Elsa have the surgery on the partial rupture as well? Currently Im going through hell with my bullmastiff! She had a cruciate repair (Intracapsular repair - little to our knowledge) done over a year ago and has had complications - most likely due to the method used and further operations to correct those about two months ago.

    Unfortunatly friday she ruptured her other cruciate and to be honest we were thinking the worst, Can they re-do the first cruciate and the newer more problematic one or will the vets just hope the other can support the weight? Or suggest it is too much for my 4yr old to go through?

    Right now I just don't know what to expect, currently the vet wants to perform another Intracapsular repair, but by the recommendations of the specialist who had to 'fix' the problems caused by this method we would prefer to not go down this route. Unfortunately we need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what the specialist suggests.

    Just wondered if you could offer any insight or indications as to what we should expect. I don't want to come home without her :(

    thanks!
     
  6. IndysMamma

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    I know with the bigger breeds especially hydrotherapy can *really* help get them the gentle exercise so their own muscle can support the joint

    gratz on all the hard work you've put in getting your lass to this point and would love to hear how she gets on
     
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