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My Sweet Ally Tore Her Ccl... :(


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#1 Ninja

 
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:57 AM

I have quite an off topic question....

Well after months of hoping Ally (Golden Retriever) would get better I finally took her in yesterday. She injured her knee a few years ago but her CCL was only partially torn so we opted to go the conservative route. She healed extremely well. She re-injured a few months ago trying to get out of the car. The vet sedated her (she gets so nervous at the vet) did an exam and x-rays.... he determined that her CCL is totally ruptured and her meniscus also was injured in the process. He said her prognosis without surgery is not great at all. He gave us so many surgical options: TPLO, TTA and tightrope ccl were the main ones. My inclination was to go with the tightrope because I remembered reading that dogs are more likely to tear their ccl in the other knee with TTA or TPLO (due to changing the structure of the joint). Then I started reading... and now I'm so unsure. We do have an appointment to discuss all of this with the vet who would do the tightrope procedure on Tuesday... Ally will be 6 on Friday — she's energetic, dynamic and happy. I want to give her the best prognosis and I want her to be her healthy, happy self again. Anybody out there with experience with this by chance? How did you decide?

Ally is a long and lanky type of Golden — she is very tall and her ideal weight is 78-79 lbs.

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Laura (and Ally!)
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:33 PM

I have quite an off topic question....

Well after months of hoping Ally (Golden Retriever) would get better I finally took her in yesterday. She injured her knee a few years ago but her CCL was only partially torn so we opted to go the conservative route. She healed extremely well. She re-injured a few months ago trying to get out of the car. The vet sedated her (she gets so nervous at the vet) did an exam and x-rays.... he determined that her CCL is totally ruptured and her meniscus also was injured in the process. He said her prognosis without surgery is not great at all. He gave us so many surgical options: TPLO, TTA and tightrope ccl were the main ones. My inclination was to go with the tightrope because I remembered reading that dogs are more likely to tear their ccl in the other knee with TTA or TPLO (due to changing the structure of the joint). Then I started reading... and now I'm so unsure. We do have an appointment to discuss all of this with the vet who would do the tightrope procedure on Tuesday... Ally will be 6 on Friday she's energetic, dynamic and happy. I want to give her the best prognosis and I want her to be her healthy, happy self again. Anybody out there with experience with this by chance? How did you decide?

Ally is a long and lanky type of Golden she is very tall and her ideal weight is 78-79 lbs.

TIA,
Laura (and Ally!)

I don't have any experience with the knee issues, but I do with other pet health issues. Surgeries are tough to decide on because cost enters into it too? I'd say maybe have a list of questions when you meet with the Vet and see what he recommends..and why? She's young enough that surgery should give her a much better life?

We recently took our dog to the Vet for an allergy/ear infection appointment. When we got home my hubby hit the lock button on his key fob and dropped it in his pocket so he could get the dog out of the back seat. He accidently shut the door on the dog's tail. :o He didn't realize it at first and the dog started yelping and jumping around. It seemed like it took forever to get those keys out of his pocket and unlock the door!
The result was a badly bleeding broken tail..and several more visits for rechecks. Watch Ally's tail when you go!
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:41 PM

Sorry. I don't know much about this. I would call the vet school, or two, at the university and see what they are teaching to fix this.

Another place to get some opinions might be a Golden or Lab rescue group websites.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:09 PM

Thank you both! I will watch her tail. :) They aren't totally aware of its length, are they?

I asked the vet what he suggested but in the heat of the moment forgot to ask him why. Oh yes, she needs the surgery.... I would just like to get it right the first time for her sake!

I belong to a really awesome Golden Retriever forum I posted there yesterday... I'm just looking for as many different opinions as possible.

Thanks again!
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:13 AM

So we decided on the less invasive procedure. She goes in tomorrow. I feel awful about sending her in with her feeling relatively normal and coming out the other end with 3 months of rehab. :( I just want it to be done and over... and tomorrow is Friday the 13th. Sounds silly, but I've never been able to help my mild supersticious-ness... fingers crossed!
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:20 AM

I'm not above praying for a furry friend! :D
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:25 AM

She'll do well. Let us know how it comes out. Will she have to wear "The Cone of Shame"?
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:32 AM

Thank you! I don't believe she will have to. The vet said something about the sutures (dissolvable) being on the inside. She will definitely like not having to wear it. :)
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:38 AM

I know it's hard to take our babies in for procedures. If only we could explain it to them so they'd understand? :(
She'll be ouchy at first, but if she gets the spring in her step back she'll be so much better off!
Some people think Friday the 13th is a lucky day. I hope it will be for you and Ally. :D
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:42 AM

Yes! I desperately wish I could explain it all to her. Thank you for your kind words. I believe that she will be fine, but it is still something I wish was done and over. :angry:
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:58 AM

I hope everything goes well for her and she heals quickly. It is hard when our fur family is ill or injured, sometimes I think it is harder on us than on them though. Let us know how she is doing when you can.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:47 AM

So I took Ally in this morning and left her with some food and a blanket from home. I really feel that she is in great hands... now it's just the waiting game.

Ally had puppies in 2008. She had three and we decided to keep one of them. Honey (Ally's daughter) has been walking around with Ally's stuffed bear in her mouth all morning! She's not chewing on it, just holding it. :)
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:03 AM

Awww. I am thinking of you all today! :)
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:52 PM

So I took Ally in this morning and left her with some food and a blanket from home. I really feel that she is in great hands... now it's just the waiting game.

Ally had puppies in 2008. She had three and we decided to keep one of them. Honey (Ally's daughter) has been walking around with Ally's stuffed bear in her mouth all morning! She's not chewing on it, just holding it. :)

Awww...how sweet.

It feels weird when you drop your fur baby off for surgery and walk out without them. :unsure:
I'm sure she'll do fine..it seems like it's harder on us than them sometimes?
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:31 PM

She did great was up and ready to walk around right away. The vet said that there was no meniscal damage (!!) and that the surgery was very successful. I get to pick her up at 10am tomorrow. Thank you to everyone for all of your support, it really really helped keep me calm for my sweet girl. :)
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