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Birdie and Nigel – CCL Conservative Management

Nigel, a dog with a CCL injuryWe are on round 2 with dog #2 on concervative managment for CCL tear with my dogs. My first story is my harrier hound, Birdie, who went lame on a walk with me at the age of 11. Like everyone else here the doctor pushed the surgery and the arthritis speil. I don’t know, it didn’t sit well with me. I ask my husband…we are 50 years old and always had dogs….do you recall this CCL surgery when we were growing up? Seemed like a “new” thing. I did the research as decided that the body tends to heal itself and to go the conservative route.

My dog Birdie was back to her normal self within the 6 months. And lived to 15.5 years with no issues.

This week…all these years later, my beagle went lame and we are going to do the conservative management again. I’m not even taking him to the vet for the drawer test that actually does damage and to be told all these doom and gloom scenarios.

It’s only day 5, but I want to say to this community – Vetrinarians are running a business. This surgery is NEW and expensive. Trust your gut. You have an 8 week window to make a surgery decision. Don’t let anyone talk you into making a decision utill you’ve done your homework. In my case and many others, this is an unnecessary surgery…if you are willing to follow the protocol of slow and easy healing.

God Speed everyone!

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