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Conservative Management for CCL Tear – Beau

Torn Dog Knee LigamentAbout 2-3 weeks ago I noticed my 9 yr old golden retriever, Beau wasn’t using his left hind leg. He wouldn’t move and stopped eating(which is weird because he is very food motivated). At first i thought it was his hip dyplasia acting up, but those episodes normally only last for a few days. As I was getting ready to take him to the new vet, I found liquid black, tarry diarrhea all over the basement.

To say I panicked would be an understatement. I started crying hysterically and worrying about having to put him down. Well come to find out he had a stomach ulcer which was caused by the increased aspirin regimen which was prescribed by his old vet! I was so irate. But our new vet quickly calmed me down. She prescribed Tramadol for pain, Famotidine as an antacid, Flagyl as an antibiotic, and Sulcrafate to coat his ulcer.

Golden Retriever Dog Knee SurgeryBeau was now officially an old man. Within the next few days Beau started to smile at me again. He began eating again, however his leg was still bothering him. I knew it was something other than the hip dysplasia. So we went back to the vet a week later. She sedated him and x-rayed his hips and legs. That when we found out he had a torn ACL (or CCL, cranial cruciate ligament in dog knees).

Surgery isn’t an option because I don’t have that kind of money and Beau is too old. I would hate for him not to wake back up. I am switching him over to the raw food diet, which he loves. He is still on Tramadol. We are going to switch him to a NSAID once his tummy has had enough time to heal. Today (June 9th) he used his hurt leg for the first time in almost 3 weeks. My baby boy my never be able to walk normally again but I will do everything in my power to help him become as “normal” as possible.

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2 Responses to Conservative Management for CCL Tear – Beau

  1. December 3, 2010 at 1:52 am #

    I am facing the same dilemma with my 10 year old. Did you change him onto NSAID ?How is he now? Any info will help>
    Thanks

  2. June 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    Our 9 yr old lab has a torn CCL too and we are using rest and joint supplements and she is improving daily. From my research the anti inflammatories and supplements are key to healing. We are using Wholistic Canine Complete Joint Mobility , it’s loaded with omegas, glycociamine, and more. good luck!

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