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Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair
  • Sly always had a mild case of Patella Luxation, after too much exercise he would limp a bit, stretch out his leg, and then he would be fine. Well obviously that wore out his CCL (ACL in humans) and he ruptured it. He did not use that leg for months and then we took him to a specialist.

    Well $1200, 4 months of recovery and an increase in body weight later, Sly is all healed. However, we are afraid to exercise him because of it (hence the weight gain-The surgery was in Jan.). We have him on a weight loss formula food. Is there a safe way to exercise him without irritating his leg and do you know of any dogs that have gone through this procedure?
    Post edited by sunyata at 2012-08-09 10:30:39
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    I know Dave's Lucy had hydrotherapy and that worked very well.
    LJ - owned by Queen Jazz, a Shiba Inu, Atlanta, GA
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  • Is there an inexpensive way of doing that? My aunt spent over 2 grand on her dysplastic Labrador doing hydrotherapy.
    Post edited by [Deleted User] at 2009-11-04 01:11:17
  • My pitbull Piglet had the same surgery. We started taking her to a holistic vet for chiropractic adjustments and nutritional guidance to speed her recovery. Since you are in RI, her name is Sharon Doolittle in Smithfield (yes that is her real name). After three months we had her back up to 3 miles walks twice daily. There is an aqua-therapy facility in MA that I have heard great things about. I researched the living crap out of the process. I even drove Piglet to a surgeon in Cape Cod instead of doing it in RI because I found the number 1 guy in the northeast up there.
    Which surgery did you do? Not the planar shaving one? They only typically do that on dogs over 70lbs. Who did your surgery?
  • Dr. Clark did it. Not sure the exact surgery but he did an amazing job. Sly is healed and he is perfectly capable of escaping without injuring the leg. He can run, jump, and play. Our concern is that taking him for super long walks will cause him to limp and we could damage the other leg...seeing as 60% of dogs with CCL surgery will rupture the other.
    Post edited by [Deleted User] at 2009-11-04 01:16:13
  • The statistic I was given was 75% actually.
    That is why the nutrition is so key. And building the walks up. IF Sly limps at a mile and a half, walk him a mile every day, then after two weeks increase at quarter mile intervals. All my vets agreed (I have three) that really the critical difference was made by switching her to raw.
  • Well my parents cannot afford to feed the dogs better then ourselves. haha. Raw diet is probably much better for them with all the vitamins and minerals required. However, slicing up kidneys, hearts, and other organs does not sound at all appetizing. I need to get over my own laziness to walk Sly. We both need an exercise/diet plan. haha

    And I figured the % was higher, just threw a relatively high number out there because I had forgot the exact.
    Post edited by [Deleted User] at 2009-11-04 01:36:26
  • Raw can be as affordable as kibble (especially with small dogs like shibas) you just have to plan well.

    Walking is the single most essential part to the healing process with this surgery.

    Piglet died this past spring (cancer) but all her vets said that her body was healthier than dogs half her age (she was at least 6 and was overweight and severely abused when we rescued her ) when it came to muscle and joint health.
    You can get him there all it takes is diet and exercise. You can skip the aqua-therapy and use that money towards food, and just walk consistently and see the same if not better results.

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