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No too Broken Thoughts Please; and hopefully no surgery
Topic Started: 17 May 2013, 10:05 (1,091 Views)
Pam13
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Mac went very lame a week past Monday and was put on anti-inflammatories and gentle exercise to see how he got on. Unfortunately he still isn't 100% and hasn't been for a while if I'm 100% honest and looking back. He's always run with a slight hop at times.

Anyway after rushing out to the garden yesterday teatime he hopped across the lawn with his back leg tucked up again and isn't weight bearing or using it as he should, for example when out for a walk his 'after pee scrapping' was done one legged :rofl:

So Mac is going in Monday morning for x-rays and potentially cruciate surgery as the vet and I both think there is probably a tear there. We are going for the ligament sutures rather than refer him for TPLO as I feel that it might be better for him considering he's not huge and his age.

Any good thoughts and advice as to after care and building him up again would be very gratefully received. Keeping him calm is going to be a nightmare. Although he is 10 Mac doesn't 'do' calm. :laugh:

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Thinking good thoughts for him.
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Sorry to hear this. Hope he does well.

Some ideas for crate rest activities here, maybe that will help.

If it's any consolation, Pepi is recovering from her second patella surgery and has now been resting for 10 weeks. We thought it would be impossible as she is normally extremely active. However she has adapted extremely well and sometimes even chooses to go and lie in her small crate when she could be tethered outside it. What has helped us is making it possible as far as we can to keep to her usual patterns, for example she likes to lie in the sun in the mornings so if we make sure there is some sun on her crate she settles more readily.
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Sorry to hear Mac has joined the cruciate club, Indie says to tell him its a very special club :arms: and sends him a big hug.

Agree with Julie, try and keep routine as normal as possible. I tried at first to keep Indie completely away from the boys because I was worried she would try and get to them to play but she was worse when she couldn't see them so we set up a pen (a portable one that can be free standing or up against a wall) at one end of the lounge with her bed and water bowl. At meal times we put her on lead and walked her to the kitchen so she could eat with the boys. The only time she got distressed was when they went for walkies so she had a yummy stuffed kong at those times and special cuddles with mum. As soon as she was allowed to start short walks we took her in the car with the boys, did her short walk then I stayed with her while OH took the boys for a longer walk, that way she felt involved in things. Considering she is still a manic playful young dog she adapted to it just like Julie's Pepi and sometimes when I had the pen open would go back in and lie on her bed out of choice.

Ali's Sef had the same type of cruciate surgery I think so she can probably give you some more tips.
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Poor Mac, I hope the surgery goes well and his healing is double quick :petdog:
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Thanks everyone. He's been dropped off and I'm now a nervous wreck. Broke down in tears at my mum's when dropping Holly off. I think having had so many losses recently and one dog go in for surgery and not come home I'm probably over-reacting but you lot know what I mean and why you do worry so much!

They are going to run full bloods on him to check him out and I've asked them to do a scale and polish whilst they are at it as his breath is minging, might as well as he's going under anyway!
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Big hugs to get through the day and :fingers: :fingers: :hug:
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Good luck little Mac :love:
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Phew just had vets on the phone.

Even totally zonked out they couldn't find any instability in the joint and nothing showed up on the x-rays. Not to say that there isn't a partial tear there but the joint is stable and clean at the moment but might deteriorate over the next few months. They think a longer period of rest and different anti-inflammatories is worth trying and if still no better then possible re x-ray in a few months or referral to an orthopaedic specialist.

He's also had a scale and polish so hopefully his breath won't be too bad anymore!

Just need to wait till 3pm to pick him up as he's rather groggy.
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So pleased Mac's joint is ok :biggrin: I hope the new anti-inflammatories help and you get sweet smelling kisses later :love:
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Phew - hope the rest does the trick :love:
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Good news - I hope he is home with you now and resting.
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Glad he didn't need surgery!! Fingers crossed that the new meds do the trick.
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Good news :goodjob:
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Just caught up with this, so glad he didn't need surgery - how is he doing now?
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Great news!!
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25 May 2013, 18:10
Just caught up with this, so glad he didn't need surgery - how is he doing now?


He's OK thanks. Still 'trying' to keep him from acting like a loony but he seems more sound on his leg. He's still on the anti-inflammatories and 'controlled' walks.

Saying that he wasn't in my good books on Friday night when he decided to be ttwbdl - in my bed! I do enjoy changing the sheets at 11.30pm!
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