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Old 03-05-2010, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my almost 2 yr old pup just landed on his leg wrong at day camp yesterday. He was playing in a pen which had a concrete floor. He was limping a bit when I picked him up, but not horribly. However, throughout the night he would not walk on his back leg at all. He was so uncomfortable and didnt want to walk at all. We took him to the vet and they said it might be his ACL they said it could be a partial tear because his knee was swollen (which I couldn't really tell) and they could feel some movement. However, they want their senior doc to take a look tomorrow. I know we can take care of him (if he needs surgery) but I just am so worried. They said it would be over 3 months of recovery but its best to do it as early as possible. They said some people elect not to do it, but the scar tissue could form and create more problems in the future. Anyone have any suggestions/comments? I would hate to see him go through this...but they said it is common and most dogs are just fine after.
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My first dog, not a boxer, ended up tearing ligaments in BOTH of his knees. We got them both operated on, and he recovered pretty quickly from it. I hated seeing him limp around all day, and sometimes not even get up because he didn't want to try so hard.

The first time they talked us into a metal fix, so his entire knee was metal and that was super expensive. The second time we took him to see our vet and they used some sort of thick string (kind of like fishing line) to replace the ligament. This was a MUCH cheaper route and we noticed that he recovered a little faster from that one and never had any problems. In the winter time when it got really cold he kinda had trouble moving his leg from time to time.

Either way, it's a good thing to do it sooner rather than later. Good luck and I hope your baby
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Some advice... not sure if it applies...

Not sure if it would be exactly the same surgery that our previous dog had, but if you have the option of the "fishing line" or TPLO surgery, I highly recommend you DO NOT do the TPLO no matter what praise (or guilt) the vet gives about the surgery.

Do some research, search things like "TPLO bone cancer" "TPLO intrusive surgery" etc. We didn't and we make a big mistake. I wish we had, we'd probably still have Dante around.
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thank you for the advice! I will look that up
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Oh, no, poor baby. My last female had an ACL tear. She used to run up and down the fence line with the dog next door and just twisted it wrong. I opted at the time to do a splint/immobilizer for a while. She actually did okay after this, just got sore sometimes and would limp again. Hoping for the best for your baby, it's so hard to see them in pain.
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well, he remarkably started putting weight on his back leg the next day!! We went for a second opinion and he said he could feel some movement, but we should just wait it out for now!! I am so glad!! He is still kinda limping a bit, but is much better. He actually wants to play now we are going to watch him for two weeks and see if he does get any better. The vet said that it is inevitable that he probably tore his ACL and even if he gets better, he will probably hurt it again or tear it more and then have to have surgery. I am just glad he is ok right now.
thanks so much for the well wishes I think it helped!
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I'm gonna start a company doing braces for those...seems to be a good market

Seriously,there must be something?
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My 5 month old boxer puppy has a swollen back leg. It is so sad! He barely moves around, just lays around looking sad. He's barely eating or drinking anything. When he walks, he tries not to put any weight on that leg and when he's standing in place he completely raises it. The vet is closed today. Does anyone know anything about giving a puppy baby Advil? He is about 35lbs..


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No advil!!!!! Toxic
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Please post that u got this. If need be aspirin NO ADVIL OR TYLENOL!!!!
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