My dog started limping only slightly at the dog park two weeks ago. Then she was fine so we thought maybe she had stepped on something. The next week she ran hard for about 10 minutes at the beach and seemed great. But when I came home from dinner that night she wouldn't use her back leg. I took her to the vet the next morning (back to only having a slight limp by then) and they said they she had likely torn her CCL. They put her on an NSAID (rimidil) for two weeks when we will bring her in to meet with the orthopedic specialist to discuss options. From my research, it seems like surgery is the preferred treatment (actually cutting her bone through and re-angling the joint then attaching a steel plate). Freaks me out and is expensive but I would do anything rather than have her sedentary and on pain meds for the remainder of her life. She's an 8 year old American Staffordshire who does like to sleep a lot, but is in fantastic physical shape and also loves to run around like a maniac from time to time. Anybody had this procedure done or have a dog that has a torn CCL? Thanks!
We had surgery with our old dog. There are 2 specialized groups on Yahoo and I did my reading there.
Indeed it might cost between 1 and 2000 dollars.
When his knee cap kept coming out on the 2nd leg we did not want him to go through surgery again. Took him to my regular vet and said we don't want surgery but we don't want him to suffer either.
He said a lot of dogs have it and he can live with it, but when you take him to a surgeon they will do surgery.
He never had the 2nd surgery, but I gave him supplements but I can't tell you what I gave him, it is several years ago.
If I can find moe I will e-mail you.
Thanks Hanna. We'll know more after our appointment with the orthapedic vet on Sunday. Since she's been pretty inactive (no hikes or long walks though she did chase a couple squirrels!) she hasn't limped at all.
I am glad to hear. I still remember picking up my dog from the hospital (~6 years ago), I told my husband he did not look at me like saying why did you do that to me. Of course these are human thoughts :)
I did find out that the supplements I use for my back are for dogs too. I had gotten lazy and had not taken it for a month and I am back on them and can notice the difference. http://www.curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1654359
After 2 weeks of inactivity (for the most part!) the orthopedist vet examined Abbey yesterday and determined possibly not at all. Probably just a slight tear. We're going to do a little physical therapy to strengthen her muscle on the beach for a couple of weeks and glucosimine and condroitin. If she handles that fine, we'll go back to her regular routine. Which isn't too strenous. She is lazy afterall. But the vet said that she's in amazing shape and should probably recover just fine.