Hip Ligament Injury
Posted 10 August 2005 - 02:15 AM
Posted 10 August 2005 - 02:32 AM
Oh, you'll get a laugh at this, when I would walk Sierra around agility trials hobbled, some people thought this was a new hind-end awareness exercise...LOL.
Good luck and let us know what you find out!!
Posted 10 August 2005 - 02:58 AM
Thanks! Good suggestion. I want to get a real diagnosis/athletic prognosis first, since my normal vet is pretty much a "country vet" that doesn't deal with very many lameness issues other than the "HBC" (hit by car) and the "ADR" (ain't doin' right) type... (I'm lucky that the top ortho vet in our area is one of our agility students with his Golden)
Originally posted by rtphokie:
I In addition to an ortho vet, I'd visit a rehab vet. ...Oh, you'll get a laugh at this, when I would walk Sierra around agility trials hobbled, some people thought this was a new hind-end awareness exercise...LOL.
Posted 10 August 2005 - 04:35 AM
MY acd just had TPLO surgery with Dr. Morris and we get to meet the infamous Dr. Bradley on Friday for her recheck.
Posted 10 August 2005 - 06:28 AM
Oh, and vet rehab specialists are certainly capable of diagnosing when regular vets, etc., miss something. It was the vet rehab specialist who finally diagnosed Jill's partial cruciate tear when everyone else just assumed the intermittent lameness was a result of the aforementioned hip injury.
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Posted 10 August 2005 - 07:20 AM
Posted 10 August 2005 - 08:12 AM
Posted 10 August 2005 - 09:14 AM
My understanding is the surgeon opens the leg/kneecap and re-positions the tendon and staples the leg back together.
I'm dreading it, but decided it's best to do this while he's still young (3 years old).
Posted 11 August 2005 - 05:06 PM
Posted 11 August 2005 - 05:22 PM
But for us it was not a waste of money. The first time it involved a severe injury (multiple torn tendons in the toes) that I felt better under the specialist's care. Our vet saw what she thought was a "floater" in the foot also - and referred us to the specialist for the surgery she was sure was needed. I do think poor Dr. Cowan got a phone call over that one because if our dog hadn't been a working dog, she would have done the (totally unecessary) surgery herself. But the care we got there for the actual injury was unsurpassed.
The second time we went running to the vet because our dog was totally missing disc catches she used to hit easily - I was sure she was going blind!! Once again, Dr. Cowan saw something in her eye - she was certain it indicated CEA. I was horrified. I had exactly two Border collies then and they both had CEA! Was it the water?
We went to the eye specialists and he cleared her eyes with flying colors - the "columba" my vet had seen was a perfectly normal occurance. It wasn't a waste, though, because it was only $30 and I got CERF papers for her.
It's funny, though, that a similiar thing happens with specialists - there are specialists' specialists.
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Posted 12 August 2005 - 02:11 AM
Last dog I had with a skipping gait problem turned out to be nuerological, not orthopedic, but hers was a very rare case! Continue to think outside the box!
Posted 12 August 2005 - 08:58 AM
The vets thought at first that he'd torn his ACL, but it turned out to be a rupture of the long digital extensor tendon. Our (well-known, busy) surgeon said he'd seen this injury just twice in twenty years. Dog had arthroscopic surgery and the leg is 100%.
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