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Hello! I am new to the forums here and part of the reason I've joined is because I am hoping to find some fellow doberman people who have experienced torn achilles tendons with their dogs...

About two months ago Fern came in from a wild run through the forest with a very sore hind leg, she had a dropped hock (about half way to the ground) and her toes were curled under. I googled this and based on that I was pretty sure she had a partial tear of her achilles tendon. I got her to the vet first thing the next morning but the vets here have not had any experience with this problem so since then we have basically been waiting for diagnostics, ultrasound, speaking to various vets, surgeons, and rehab specialists, but no one will give us a precise diagnosis. Finally one surgeon has given us some options ... first is that since it has already been two months and her leg is weight bearing and is functional, we could continue with the "conservative" approach, order a custom splint for when she's running around, and see how she does with the leg as-is. Other option is to do surgery, repair the tendon and hopefully she would be back to "normal" once recovery is complete.

We are trying to decide what is best for Fern, she seems happy with the leg as it is now, she can run, although her gait is a little unique, but our concern is long term strength of that leg and the potential repercussions of her moving in such an uneven way for the rest of her life i.e. arthritis, chiropractic problems, strain on the other legs, stress on the toes that are curled up, etc. She is only 4 yrs old, so at this stage would it be better to go through with the surgery and have her be back to normal?

This has been incredibly frustrating because it has gone on for so long and it seems we get sent from one 'specialist' to another and no one is willing to commit to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

I'm hoping that someone here might have experience with this problem since it is apparently most common in dobermans (although still very rare). Thanks in advance for any advice! :)
 

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that is one powerful tendon.

I would probably go with surgery to repair it and splint or cast it until healed.

hope all will be well with your girl.

Hugz to Fern.....LOVE that name! :)
 

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I would def opt for the surgery in this case if they are 100% sure it will make things better for her go for it. I havent ever had to deal with this but that seems like a really like to for her to deal with it she has probly got use to the pain and is very good at hiding it now. Is it sore or painful to her when you touch the area now
 

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My male had the same problem his tendon was streched not torn. Went to 2ortho specalists also neuro all said could do surgery but advd not to since dobes in the past seemed to strech again. The last ortho surg said it seems to happen to dobes not other breeds & study on it was being done in Australia. He seemed to have yearly problems wouldn't put leg down and would limp.After treatment of predisone swelling would go down and he would be fine for a yr or more.
 

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Thank you all for your replies! ...

GA Dobie, you bring up a good point saying "if they are 100% sure surgery would help" ... that's our sticking point, without a clear diagnosis, we haven't really gotten that assurance from anyone. She does not seem to be sore at all anymore, even with poking and squeezing around the area of injury.

njdobermom, that is very interesting that your dog had a stretched tendon, that is the current theory with Fern, since they couldn't see any specific area of tearing or rupture in the ultrasound we think it may be stretched and frayed a bit. It seems as though our surgeons are still recommending surgery though in this case. Was your dog walking with a dropped hock and curled toes? And if so, did that position remain throughout the years after his original injury? Did you use a splint or anything?

Thanks so much everyone!
 

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When it first happened he was 2 slight drop couple mos later went away. Had same problems off & on for 4 yrs each time saw diff specialist, last Jan his both hocks were almost on groun bt still got aroung well looked awfull which is why I took him to ortho surgeon who said could due surgery about 5000 per leg brace etc. but he advd against it saying several past dobies it strecthed even worse. Sadley we lost him in May sudden death at 6 yrs.
 

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Thank you for that info njdobermom, and my condolences for the lose of your boy... I will check with our surgeon about the stretched vs torn tendon issue. I think at this point we are leaning towards going ahead with the surgery. *gulp*
 

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hi my dobi zeus has had this same prob for 4 months now had xrays ultra sound what my vet is saying 5 min walks for for week s they wont opperate unless it go s completely they mentioned a brace but not sure he anyone heip :)
 
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