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Old 03-13-2019, 06:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Emmett has slight swelling in the knee but has no obvious sign of pain. He limps only after exercise occasionally and sometimes after rest. This went on for three weeks or so after he caught a toenail and slightly slipped on ice.

I feel bad I waited to go to vet. He is such a drama queen - he normally cries out in pain at the the least little thing. I thought he was acting out for attention. He has done that too

Rimidyl for two weeks and rest. If it heals - then good. If not potential partial ACL tear and surgery. If this is the issue - are there alternatives to surgery?

I may need a sedative keeping him calm for two weeks.









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Old 03-13-2019, 07:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Aww poor Emmett. I hope the rest heals him up. When I had Renn neutered in February I kept him tethered to me or in his crate for 14 days. I didn't want to take any chances.
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I have his crate and an indoor/outdoor freestanding pen. I left him on his bed in there. I am sure I will get lots of this back at me when he is being naughty and in trouble with pent up energy.


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That stinks for Emmett. Hopefully rest and limited activity fixes the problem. As far as surgery (if its a tear and recommended), if I remember correctly Emmett is still young, I would lean towards that if my pup was young and very active.

Would love to know what the instances of ACL problems are with boxers who are spayed and neutered at a young age to those that aren't. Seems like there are a ton of instances of boxers with ACL issues.
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That stinks for Emmett. Hopefully rest and limited activity fixes the problem. As far as surgery (if its a tear and recommended), if I remember correctly Emmett is still young, I would lean towards that if my pup was young and very active.



Would love to know what the instances of ACL problems are with boxers who are spayed and neutered at a young age to those that aren't. Seems like there are a ton of instances of boxers with ACL issues.


As I think back, I am certain it was ice in the area. We were walking and I slipped on an unexpected glare ice patch. In my efforts to not fall on Emmett, we both ended up on the ground. Emmett looked like Bambi on the pond. Similar thing happened when he got out of the car and then saw a rabbit on our back driveway. Unfortunately, the back driveway was covered in ice after snow and then rain and a freeze. This was three days later. He was running full speed and then he slipped and skidded like Bambi across about two feet of the driveway.
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As I think back, I am certain it was ice in the area. We were walking and I slipped on an unexpected glare ice patch. In my efforts to not fall on Emmett, we both ended up on the ground. Emmett looked like Bambi on the pond. Similar thing happened when he got out of the car and then saw a rabbit on our back driveway. Unfortunately, the back driveway was covered in ice after snow and then rain and a freeze. This was three days later. He was running full speed and then he slipped and skidded like Bambi across about two feet of the driveway.
Ouch! Poor baby. Hopefully this will heal it up and he won't need surgery. It's so hard to keep them sedentary.

I hope he heals quickly and well.
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Thank you everyone. Yes - very difficult to keep them quiet


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Emmett is still not himself. We follow up with the vet next week. He did not have any issues while on rest. Then next week back to normal for activity. Now, when he lays on a hard surface he has a noticeable difference in gait and left hind leg seems a bit stiff. Kind of hobbling. Then within a minute he is normal.

Really, perplexed.


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Sorry he's still having issues, but it sounds like it's a little better.
Maybe it's just slow to heal..
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We visited the vet and Emmett still has some slight knee swelling but it is not a full CCL tear. It could be something else on the knee. Without sedated X-rays, the vet could not be totally sure

He does appear to only have issues after a heavy day of exercise and playing or when the vet manipulated his knee for a bit. He did wince in pain when it was manipulated but he immediately returned to normal in a few steps. Due to the the fitness of his leg muscles - they may be keeping his knee stable.

We decided to keep exercise down to 45 minute sessions at doggie daycare. And at home limiting full out flying. We will wait and see if it resolves on its own. If it gets worse then look at TPLO surgery. For now Dasuquin and Rimadyl for a week and then as needed. I am ok with this decision. He is not in pain. His vet is going to provide an overview of the situation to the vet at the clinic who specializes in orthopedic surgery.

The thoughts of keeping him on a low exercise regime would leave to one very unhappy guy.

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