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 Post subject: Catastrophic injury to the cruciate ligament
PostPosted: 22 Feb 2017, 00:20 
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Kizzie was running around, yelped and somersaulted. She got up and walked back to me with her left paw dangling, she can't bear any weight on it. Our vet is 90% certain that she has damaged the cruciate ligament. Kiz has been taking anti inflamatories since Saturday and will be checked into the vets on Wednesday for an exam under anaesthetic. Then a referral to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon.
I don't know what to expect. She will have surgery and I hope to get back my bouncy fun loving dog, but need help to understand what I will need to do to help her achieve the best she can be.
Has anyone been through this with their dog?
Tia wendy

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 Post subject: Re: Catastrophic injury to the cruciate ligament
PostPosted: 22 Feb 2017, 00:40 
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Oh no - poor Kizzie! My limited experience is ....Daisy's sister Raggle had a cruciate injury 2 years ago. She had the surgery - the recovery took 6 months sticking rigidly to the restrictions, and her leg was back to normal - good as new and she was bouncing around like a pup. Unfortunately, as they had warned, the time spent putting all the pressure on the other leg eventually took it's toll, and at the beginning of this year the cruciate on the other leg ruptured. She has had surgery and is now 3 weeks into the recovery period. The signs are all positive for a good recovery - Raggy will be 11 in June, so quite an age, but she is light and active so we have no reason to think she won't be back to her usual level of exercise.

So - no quick fix for Raggy, but her first op was so good that we are really hopeful for the second. I hope Kizzie gets on well with whatever they decide to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Catastrophic injury to the cruciate ligament
PostPosted: 22 Feb 2017, 01:16 
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Hi Wendy, I remember lovely Kizzie. I have not been through it with my dogs yet know other dogs who have, as said, careful management required ie always on the lead and recall 6-8 week confinement but perhaps that has changed.
Hydro therapy, I would be fussy on choosing the right one, seems to help a great deal.Better as no weight bearing required to strengthen muscles.
The last dog i know ended up with having both legs done in quick succession and is happy girl.Actually she emigrated and is living life of Riley in warmer climes with her own deck chair by the pool. So hang in there.
Best wishes to you and Kizzie for a speedy recovery.
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 Post subject: Re: Catastrophic injury to the cruciate ligament
PostPosted: 22 Feb 2017, 11:01 
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Thanks for the good stories. Kiz is still crazy and I know the hardest part will be stopping her running and jumping. Wendy

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Aw. Wish het better and hope it usnt as bad as you think xx

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 Post subject: Re: Catastrophic injury to the cruciate ligament
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Our appointment with the surgeon in Cambridge isn't until 13 march hopefully the op will be done the next day. In the meantime I have to keep her calm, not jump about on furniture, sigh. She is a doodle, bounce is her middle name. She is hopping about on three legs quiet happily, whilst I gently tear my hair out worrying about her.

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