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Well this past Monday noticed Hoss favoring left rear leg after he would wake up from napping.
As he moved around his gait would return to normal. Its been cold in Florida and he is almost 5 so thought maybe he was just stiff.
It continued like this all this week.
Yesterday I decided to make a vet appointment for Monday for an exam.
Well this morning he was really favoring that leg so Hoss was granted an emergency appt.
Vet has worked with Hoss since a pup so the doctor is no stranger to Hoss thank goodness.
Vet is pretty sure he has blown his knee cap. Similar to a human ACL issue.
She will sedate Hoss Monday morning so she can get a detailed look via x-ray.
If surgery required she will need to refer us to specialist . She explained if repairs do not take place it could cause problems with the other knee that is currently carrying his weight.
It appears I will be sleeping with my dog for awhile as it is crucial to keep him off his feet.
Once again its so important to get a professional opinion because I suspected a problem was within his digits, never thought it would be his knee.
Still in shock over this consult today but so glad I did not wait till Monday.
Just gave Hoss his doggy downers.
I am sitting here upset...and he is snoring.
Oh my how they worry us so.....I will add more to this post as time goes by.....current medications are :
Galliprant
Tramadol
Methocarbamol-muscle relaxer

And if after using those I still have problems keeping him off his feet then we have on hand:
Trazodone-stronger med- to keep him calm.

Right now keeping him off his feet is crucial.

So here I sit...good day for rifleman I suppose.
 

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Well this past Monday noticed Hoss favoring left rear leg after he would wake up from napping.
As he moved around his gait would return to normal. Its been cold in Florida and he is almost 5 so thought maybe he was just stiff.
It continued like this all this week.
Yesterday I decided to make a vet appointment for Monday for an exam.
Well this morning he was really favoring that leg so Hoss was granted an emergency appt.
Vet has worked with Hoss since a pup so the doctor is no stranger to Hoss thank goodness.
Vet is pretty sure he has blown his knee cap. Similar to a human ACL issue.
She will sedate Hoss Monday morning so she can get a detailed look via x-ray.
If surgery required she will need to refer us to specialist . She explained if repairs do not take place it could cause problems with the other knee that is currently carrying his weight.
It appears I will be sleeping with my dog for awhile as it is crucial to keep him off his feet.
Once again its so important to get a professional opinion because I suspected a problem was within his digits, never thought it would be his knee.
Still in shock over this consult today but so glad I did not wait till Monday.
Just gave Hoss his doggy downers.
I am sitting here upset...and he is snoring.
Oh my how they worry us so.....I will add more to this post as time goes by.....current medications are :
Galliprant
Tramadol
Methocarbamol-muscle relaxer

And if after using those I still have problems keeping him off his feet then we have on hand:
Trazodone-stronger med- to keep him calm.

Right now keeping him off his feet is crucial.

So here I sit...good day for rifleman I suppose.
Oh no, I remember when my Lab blew her knee, not fun. After surgery I still slept with her and kept a leash wrapped in my hand so I'd know if she moved or started licking stitches. My thoughts go out to you!
 

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Well there is a SMALL chance the x-ray (being performed this Monday) will support the decision to simply apply a long long rest on that leg.
That would be better than a surgery For sure.
Keep your fingers crossed.
Our Vet. she is typically very conserv-a-tive with everything and has known Hoss since he was 16 weeks old.
So we know when she says it an issue ....we know thats true.
Currently she still wants to get imaging before referring us out to a specialist.
She has a good track record with our family to date with her treatment recommendations over the years.
I trust her.
So maybe we will luck out for a less complex diagnosis once she gets some imaging.
 

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Hi LadyDi,
Sorry to hear that it sounds like Hoss has injured his CCL (canine ACL). Fortunately (or unfortunately however you want to look at it) this is a relatively common injury in dogs, and vets are pretty experienced in treating our dogs and returning them to pretty high levels of function.

I assume that your vet is going to do x rays and a drawer test (looking for abnormal amounts of movement in the knee joint) on Monday to help them make the diagnosis before recommending a course of treatment.

Personally, I had a Dobe that did a full tear on one leg (we did surgery) and a partial tear on the other leg years later (we did rehab and conservative management). Keeping him fit and slim was crucial to his joint health and keeping his pain down long term. I am happy to share my experiences and ways we modified our home life to help him recover if that is helpful to you at all.
 

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Oh Hoss you poor boy! Hurt your knee and worrying your mama. Fingers crossed for good news and a swift recovery.

The trazadone should definitely keep him quiet. It was one of Coco's meds her last week when we did pain management and quiet time.

Hugs to you and Hoss from Sugar and I.
 

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Hi LadyDi,
Sorry to hear that it sounds like Hoss has injured his CCL (canine ACL). Fortunately (or unfortunately however you want to look at it) this is a relatively common injury in dogs, and vets are pretty experienced in treating our dogs and returning them to pretty high levels of function.

I assume that your vet is going to do x rays and a drawer test (looking for abnormal amounts of movement in the knee joint) on Monday to help them make the diagnosis before recommending a course of treatment.

Personally, I had a Dobe that did a full tear on one leg (we did surgery) and a partial tear on the other leg years later (we did rehab and conservative management). Keeping him fit and slim was crucial to his joint health and keeping his pain down long term. I am happy to share my experiences and ways we modified our home life to help him recover if that is helpful to you at all.
Thanks so much for this response.
I am sure I will have more news Monday.
He will be dropped off at 8AM and have bloodwork and x-ray while sedated.
Based on those results will determine if she refers us to a specialist .
So keep an eye on this thread might need more advise from you.
Thanks again.
Very kind of you.
 

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I know of several dogs that have had a TPLO for a torn CCL. After careful rehab, they have gone back to normal activities, including competition obedience. The rehab is nearly as important as the surgery itself.
 

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tell me about the rehab.
‘what were your experiences.
They were friends' dogs. In every case, though, the owner worked with a rehab specialist to set up a program specifically for their dog. If you are on Facebook, I recommend that you join this group "Canine Conditioning and Body Awareness Exercises" Facebook Groups, and ask about rehab specialists in your area if the surgeon doesn't give you a referral.
 

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I'm not sure if Tobester will pop in here or not, but her (since passed) boy had to have a knee repair, and she would 100% agree about the rehab. She worked with a rehab specialist. He did things like working on the underwater treadmill and all kinds of exercises, if I recall correctly.

You can search for board certified rehabilitation veterinarians here: About AARV - Find a Rehabilitation Professional
 

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Yeah, we will go the distance on this condition.
Fortunately we can swing it financially.
BUT the timing of this sucks.
Scott and I have been in this successful bubble.
Hate to experience all of these visits in during Covid butt we have no choice.
Still praying for the sedated xray results to not insist on a surgery .
But we will deal with it and get to the other side.
Oh and to MC that harness looks great...saved that to my favorites.
Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers, please continue. K?
 
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