Conservative Management for CCL Tear – Beau

About 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…

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TTA Surgery and CM – Ben’s Story

Injury Date:12/2008 Ben’s Story: Ben is a 4 year old Standard Schnauzer. We believe he suffered a partial tear in his Left CCL in December 2008. We didn’t give CM (Conservative Management) a chance until about July 2009, when he was diagnosed with a CCL tear. Prior to that, it only appeared to be a…

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TPLO, 2 Days Post Op – Potato

Injury Date: 04/14/10 Potato’s Story: Potato tore her knee muscle in winter. I had insurance, but because she was limping prior to a minor sprain, they didn’t cover it. I couldn’t stand seeing her limping around anymore so i paid the $3000 for the kind of surgery where they cut the bone so the leg…

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Dog Knee Brace from Orthopets

A reader of Dog Knee Injury has graciously offered to share her dog Fargo’s story and share their experiences with Conservative Management. When Fargo’s owner first contacted me in February, 2010 she wrote: “Our 11-year old yellow lab, Fargo, tore his ACL on February 4, 2010. I called the vet and he asked, “Did he…

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TTA Surgery Recovery – 2 Weeks, Timber’s Story

It has been 1 week since Tim’s TTA surgery, and she is now starting to get very playful. It’s going to be difficult to keep her quiet. Her surgical line from the TTA is beautiful, bruising and swelling are completely gone. Days 8 and 9 were uneventful. Timber is enjoying the great weather, and she…

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TPLO Surgery Dogs

TPLO surgery for your dog may be the best option for your pet after you have carefully weighed all of the other surgical and non-surgical options for canine cruciate ligament (CCL) repair available.  This article will provide you with a general overview of what the TPLO dog surgery entails, and how much you can expect…

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Beau at Three and Four Weeks Post Op CCL Repair

We’ve started the physical therapy. Weekly half hour swimming session have Beau moving his leg very well. The stairs are also going well, though we seem to have to do it twice a day for five minutes because once a day for ten minutes is just too boring for both dog and human. He absolutely…

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Beau’s Story – Two Weeks Post Op CCL Repair

This week we have seen a big improvement in Beau’s ease in getting around. In fact, he thinks he’s superdog! He clearly isn’t feeling much pain, so we have eased off on the Tramadol, but continue to give him the Metacam and the Acepromozine for sedation. The most difficult part of the week is getting…

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Beau’s CCL Repair – One Week Post Op

One Week Post Op Overall, this has been a good week and not as terrible as I imagined. By the third day, he no longer dragged his toes and was actually putting some pressure on the leg. We applied a cold compress to ice his knee area four and five times a day, but are…

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