Hi everyone…my boxer is 2.5 months short of 3 years. She has always been very active and an avid ball chaser and frisbee catcher. We noticed her limping on her hind right leg a few months ago, but when let outside bursts into a full run. Her limping worried us enough that we made an appt with our vet. We thought for sure that she must have gotten something in her paw.
So after x-rays it was a shock to hear our baby had torn her CCL. I am in the human medical field and did what the Dr. said, which was sedatives and NSAIDs and restricted activity until we could get an appt with an orthopedic vet. He just went off the x-ray which makes me feel less than confident. I mean to diagnose a CCL tear much like a human you would need an MRI. Nope he just came in the room and said her days of ball and frisbee were done. I immediately got defensive and said why do ANYTHING THEN. I just don’t understand why people for the most part return to normal activities as I did after ACL reconstruction of my own.
But we are opting for the tightrope repair and PRP. Which is platelet rich plasma with stem cells injected directly onto the tear. Supposedly accelerated healing and less pain and the combination Gets her the best chance to return to her normal activities. I’m so scared for my baby as she is like my third child. She’s my best friend and she knows I would never ever do anything to hurt her. I just hope that this surgery gets her back to herself as she has started withdrawing and acting depressed in the last couple days. I know she’s tired of mom having to force pills down her throat.
That’s all I have for now…I will add to this as her surgery date is set. I hope someone out there can tell me they have done this and have favorable things to say. I don’t know what to expect and would appreciate any info anyone has regarding this procedure and their experiences.
We have gotten the tightrope procedure done on February 20th.
So far it’s been roughly a week. She is taking Cephalaxin & anti-inflammatories (carprofen) and Gabapentin for pain. Also she takes Cbd extract for its benefits and to help keep her calm. She seems to be doing very well.
She’s on very restricted activity(outside only for potty)…cage when not being observed. Laser therapy 3x a week for 2 weeks.
We have a return appointment to see her surgeon on Monday. I will add more after her visit. I hope you find this information helpful.