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Old 04-21-2009, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cranial Cruciate Ligament (Partial tear)

At first sign of my Boy (Mox 2 1/2yrs) limping on his back leg, we took him in to get checked out. Turns out he has a partially torn CCL-Cranial Cruciate Ligament, based on a few test the Vet did and water on the "knee".

They want him on bed rest for 4 weeks and to ice the area to avoid surgery. You ever tried to keep a Boxer on Bed-rest? ahaha He has also been put on a anti-inflammatory /pain killer, which makes him feel invincible.

My question is, what is the exact location you need to ice, if it's his rear leg?

Also is 4 weeks really necessary?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im not sure where to ice the area, i would call the vet back and ask where he wants you to ice.

And yes i think 4 weeks is really necessary..you dont want him to re-injure the leg, and make it work, or need surgery! If you cant keep a eye on him 24/7 than I would put him in the crate, give him a nice frozen kong to enjoy...and toys he enjoys. I would walk him on a leash, and not leave him lose in the backyard either....you dont want him to forget he is hurt, and try and do a boxer burn. Boxers have a high pain tolerance and not show it easy.

Good luck, and welcome to the forum! Id love to hear and see some pictures of your boy!



Here is a link I pulled up on some info on this: http://www.animalhealthchannel.com/ccl/index.shtml

http://www.animalhealthchannel.com/ccl/treatment.shtml
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The ligament is what allows flexion of the knee so I'd try the ice in something long, maybe a bread bag and wrap the whole knee. I would think it's like people 10 minutes on/ 10 minutes off/repeat.
I'd try for the whole 4 weeks especially since pain meds may mask the pain and make it look better than it really is
Good luck keeping him quiet, a nice raw marrow bone may help
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Vet said, absolutely no walks.... : ( It's getting nice out (Wisconsin weather) and all he does is stare out the window.. and whines...
I appreciate the comments.. Here is a picture of him. About 1 1/2yrs old. Still a little skinny from the megaesophagus disorder.
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He is such a poser. Here he is almost 2yrs old, posing for a family picture.
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Beautiful Pictures good luck with the injury
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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When i said walk him on a leash , i didnt mean walk him blocks or anything , i meant to go out potty and that is it..i suggested keeping him leashed because he will forget he is hurt, and hurt himself worse. What nice pictures! Love the way he just layed on you
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Are you confining him to a crate or something? Maybe an x-pen would be a good alternate to give some extra room...I would definitely do the whole 4 wks, it actually might end up being longer depending on how he heals..We have a few members that have had to deal with long term convalescence, I'm sure they will have some thoughts and tips fo ryou
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I work 2nd shift and workout out during the day (I play indoor football), so I leave his crate open all day. He goes in there alot, but when I get home I usually always take him out to play for the rest of the day until I go to work. So now he just whines as I do house work and eventually lies in his crate or his doggy bed. He'll follow me around with his bumper and put in my hand, but I don't take it otherwise he'll jump and expect me to throw it. I tried putting his "play" toys away in a chest.. but the punk figured out how to open the chest.

It's a tough task, but I hope he realizes it's for a good cause. Oh and he hates the ice pack! lol
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Yep, been thru it with two dogs and the rest is imperative. Zhanna went thru it with Henry about a year ago so hopefully she'll chime in with some advice too.

fantastic picture! Not easy to get them to stay still in a cute pose.
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