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Old 02-09-2012, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Back at home in western Washington!
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My Shiba Inu tore her ACL in her rear left leg. The vet quoted less than $1000 to repair it (he will do the surgery himself). We've been with this vet for years and always been happy. I've scheduled the surgery for Monday morning. It's breaking my heart to watch her gimp around and have to be carried up the steps to come inside.

My SIL got all freaked out and told me about her parents lab that tore its ACL 3 years ago. Their price tag was $5K for the repairs (different location and their vet refered to an orthopedic specialist). They opted not to do the surgery. She encouraged me not to do it and tells me that her dad's dog is still able to hobble around with the help of pain meds. and anti-inflamatories.

Anyone else dealt with this issue in their dog? What was the outcome? The vet seemed pretty confident that this would put things right again and she could lead an active life (she is 7 years old - fairly young still for a Shiba). I'm afraid if I "wait and see" that her joint will try to heal and make matters worse. Am I rushing to surgery or are there other options here (ones that don't involve my dog being an invalid)?
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:01 PM
 
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My dog has had repair of 2 ACLs.
The Vet said his other ACl would most likely go,since it is common for the other leg to need repair.It did 7mths later.

My Vet sent us to a Orthopedic Surgeon.The cost was $2,500 per leg,we had x-rays and blood
work done prior to the surgery,so add on another $500.

There is something called a TPLO type surgery,which I am against.They saw the top part of the leg off and put a prosthetic on it.
I would never dream of letting my dog have gone w/o surgery,since it may not heal properly and also arthritic changes will be most painful for the dog.
Be kind have the surgery done.

My dog was 8years at the time of his injury and is now 11years old and acts like a pup. We had a good surgeon.

Post op,you will need to keep your dog restricted until full healing has taken place.

You should Google it and become familiar with it all.

Good Luck to your Dog.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Schertz
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My AmStaff had his done when he was 2 yrs old and thought he was Superman and decided to jump through a window. It was around $2,300 when all was said done, including meds until he was cleared for duty. The vet also preformed the surgery himself.

My vet at the time, said it would be best for him and the type of injury. He's almost 10 now and other than the scar and occasional day when he'll limp around, thanks to arthritis that comes with age, he's been the same, maybe even more reckless once it healed. After nearly a year after surgery, he became my jogging partner. We would tackle 7-10 mile runs and numerous trails. And all through the way, I make it a point to get him into the vet almost 4 times a year just for good measure, the vet has said he's a picture of healing. So, "I" don't regret having to sell some electronics since I was pretty broke at the time, and take all my time off from work,to get him back to healthy with the surgery.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Back at home in western Washington!
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So, we had the surgery done. Dropped her off Monday and picked her up yesterday. She has pain meds. She is drinking, but not eating much. The thing I am dumbfounded over is the physical therapy we are supposed to start doing today (I am supposed to gently extend her leg 10 times / 3 times a day). She yelps when I touch her leg - is that normal? I knew she would be in pain, but it seems extreme to me and I feel like I'm torturing her .
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:18 AM
 
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Extend the leg?

No my Ortho Vet didn't say this.My Dog was kind of out of it the first two days.
Very nervous to move.I have never heard of extending the leg.

I should think anytime some healing has to take place,rest is needed.
Have you googled and looked up this surgery.

Please do.

Usually Rehab is done after the leg has healed.
We were going to do water therapy after 6 weeks post op but couldn't find anywhere that did it.
Luckily our dog did alright w/o it.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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My Husky had this done a few years ago by our vet for around $800 and never did throw out the other. Her ACL is fine but her hips are another problem.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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So, we had the surgery done. Dropped her off Monday and picked her up yesterday. She has pain meds. She is drinking, but not eating much. The thing I am dumbfounded over is the physical therapy we are supposed to start doing today (I am supposed to gently extend her leg 10 times / 3 times a day). She yelps when I touch her leg - is that normal? I knew she would be in pain, but it seems extreme to me and I feel like I'm torturing her .
My Lab is scheduled for the surgery this Friday. Our Golden had the TPLO surgery 5 years ago, and although she appears to be pain free, she has a strange gait. She runs with both rear legs moving as one, instead of independently.

The vet who performed the TPLO now charges $3500. per leg. Instead, I found another vet who uses a different procedure and will charge us $1500.
I know 3 other people who used vet #2 and were very happy. Their dogs use their back legs independently. BUT, they all told me about the exercises they had to do with their dogs following the surgery, including the stretching.

BTW, the second vet told me the doctor who invented the TPLO procedure patented it. Anyone who wants to use it must take his training course, and use his equipment. That increases the cost for the rest of us.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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TPLO is a money maker.
Also Google that is has been connected to cancer in dogs.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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Google Youtube

Osteosarcoma tplo

Plus there are many more stories over the internet to be found about this awful surgery..
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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So, we had the surgery done. Dropped her off Monday and picked her up yesterday. She has pain meds. She is drinking, but not eating much. The thing I am dumbfounded over is the physical therapy we are supposed to start doing today (I am supposed to gently extend her leg 10 times / 3 times a day). She yelps when I touch her leg - is that normal? I knew she would be in pain, but it seems extreme to me and I feel like I'm torturing her .
Our shepard mix had this done at age 8. We just had to take him for very short walks on a leash for the next few weeks. He got to be okay. There was no 'therapy' at all. He just screwed it up again 3 weeks ago, but he is 11 now and time will tell how this will turn out. He is doing much better.
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