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Old 01-25-2011, 06:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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the dvm says it's her cruciate ligament... She passes the sliding drawer tests because of the muscle mass that she has in her legs. When doing the sit test she shows positive and is unable to pull her leg into the correct location for a proper sit. They are going to sedate her and perform another drawer test and X-ray her hind quarters to insure that it is only her knee that has blown and not her hip...

They are also saying that she prob tore it this summer when we took her in but since she tested negative on both tests at that time it most likely was not completely separated... My poor baby uncomfortable and in pain all these months I feel lower than dirt...
I really did try to find out what was wrong :,( but all I can do is take her to the Dvms...
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm sorry to hear this. Don't beat yourself up. You took her to the vet and had tests run. We rely on what they tell us. I'm just glad they figured out the problem.
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after further testing, she has been found to have arthritis in both knees and hip Dysplasia; more severely on the side she was favoring. Most likely she has a degenerative disorder genetically passed. We had her cruciate repaired for the stability but if she makes six it will be a miracle....

heart broken- we await our babies return home from the dvm... day two of her stay
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AWWWW I am soooooo sorry! Hopefully she will heal real well and arthritis won't advance....maybe talk to them about getting adequan shots every once in awhile. We found anytime our last dog would limp we would get this done and he would be a like a puppy again for a few months. It doesn't heal it but it helps a lot. Best of luck on the recovery from the surgery.

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Old 02-04-2011, 01:20 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Is there a vet in your town that does acupuncture? It might help to manage your dog's pain.

Don't beat yourself up over not doing something about it sooner. You did your best with the information that was available to you. Dogs live in the present, the right now. What happened yesterday or last week or last month no longer matters to her. My dog's cruciates were torn for over two years before they were fixed. I adopted him when he was 3 and he was always limping (he was also 25 lbs overweight!). After the first few days I called his first owner and asked her about it and all she said was "Oh yeah, he's been doing that for a couple of years now." They never even took him to the vet. He spent the first 9 months I had him recovering from surgeries. Now he's 6 1/2 and he's reliving the puppyhood that he lost! He also has arthritis in his wrists (from over-compensating on his forelimbs when his hindlimbs were injured), knees (from being injured for so long) and in his hips (genetic), but he still gets along phenominally well. Limps a little when it's really cold out, but that's about it. Acupuncuture is his golden ticket!

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