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  1. So yeah. The repair failed. It took a couple weeks to figure it out because regular vet couldn’t identify what was going on and surgeon was out of town (and it can take a few days to get in there). For some reason, the bone never healed properly. And didn’t hold up. So now I have to decide if I want try to fix it again. Or amputate. I’m leaning towards trying to fix it again. Which they told me still has a really good chance of success. But in the mix of things we found a heart murmur. So she’s having an echo done next week and I have surgery scheduled for the next day. My poor dog. Does anyone have any info on why bones might not heal? Just want to make sure that I’m not missing something before sending her back for more surgery.
  2. And the leg broke. I could feel it moving last night. Vet visit this afternoon. I’m pretty upset about all of this right now. My poor dog. And I’m exhausted.
  3. I would ask for a course of doxycycline for a “shouldn’t hurt, might help” approach. Kolt had Lyme and the symptoms were very vague - a bit of stiffness and soreness. Two days of doxy and he was sooooo much more relaxed.
  4. Kolt moves like Kiran. It’s fluid and powerful. Tess is less controlled. But she’s also faster. I try to throw the disc more so there’s a greater lead out so she has to power into it instead of being able to beat it and jump vertical
  5. Bacteria culture came back. Positive for staph. She had developed a few minor pressure sores from the splint back in December shortly before the limping started. I’m guessing that could have led to this. She’s been a different dog since surgery. She was started on prophylactic antibiotics then which were appropriate for staph and she’s using her leg almost normally now. And she’s gone from acting “old” to “normal”. It’s soooo good to see.
  6. I saw this website and trailer today and recognized the dog. His name is Henry and he’s an avalanche search dog. He was bred by the late Diane (her last name escapes me...) of Deltabluz who used to be a significant part of this forum. https://superpowerdogs.com/ https://people.com/pets/love-your-pet-day-superpower-dogs-chris-evans/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Superpower+Dogs&fbclid=IwAR1SAsQRc_EA8x0x4K9SEYbfUAFFhk1ZAPvK7PDXhq0kq3etUJn1WPp2FEg
  7. Data wise, they have similar success rates. TPLO is the better established surgery but if a surgeon is proficient in TTA then it should be equally as successful. If there are any complications post surgery then the TPLO is easier to deal with/remove
  8. Surgery was yesterday. Simple and straightforward. And she handled it super well. They started at 1 pm, let me know at 3 that I could pick her up later that night and called at 4 pm saying she was ready to go. I was impressed with that - yay for the right anesthesia protocol for a senior dog! There was one screw that was a bit loose, but otherwise nothing that pointed to a cause for the pain. They sent the implant out for a culture just in case. She still loves everyone at the referral hospital and the surgical tech told me that they were discussing who got to adopt her on the slim chance that she ever needed a new home...
  9. I called today to schedule the surgery which will be next week. The bone is stable. I mean, the screw holes will have to heal but besides that it’s healed and solid. They gave me a time frame of four weeks healing. There’s a chance of complications but, from everything I’ve heard/read, a much better chance that this will solve the problem. She needs major drugs every 8-10 hours to stay reasonably comfortable right now. When she’s comfortable she wants to do all the things. And she’s Happy. If we can solve this, she’ll be able to be a therapy dog at the medical school where I work. And then the big push for me was I spent Saturday with a friend and she abruptly lost her 8 y/o dog to hemangiosarcoma. She came to train SAR Dogs with me. Got her dog out of the car, saw that something was very wrong, and we headed to the emergency vet. Her dog passed in surgery due a combination of factors. She couldn't fix her dog. But I have a good chance of fixing mine so I have to try.
  10. So I’ve had a busy fall. Which included Kenzi having a second arthrodesis surgery on her other front leg. Four months later her bone is completely healed. And the surgical/implant area is very sore. A combination of anti inflammatories and gabapentin and there’s some still pain/limping. Without the meds she holds the leg up. Bump the area and there’s a noticeable reaction. We went back to the surgeon today to get it checked out. Again (our final visit was supposed to be at the beginning of Januaryy). Everything looks correct leg wise on X-ray. Bone is fully healed, nothing has loosened. The surgeon confirmed was I was pretty positive about - that the surgical area was definitely the source of pain. Of course he said it was highly unusual and not something that there was much data to go on (board certified surgeon so some decent experience with this sort of thing). Gave me to options of long term significant medication and see if it improves (it’s been sore and gradually worsening since the beginning of December until we added gabapentin in January) OR Surgery to remove the implant - he guessed that there was a good possibility of improvement, but couldn’t guarantee anything. Ugh! This stinks. With all the drugs, she’s pretty happy and semi active. But she still favors the leg a bit even with the drugs. And when they wear off it’s worse. We added in Tramdol today while I decide what to do. Right now I’m leaning towards giving it a couple weeks on the increased medication and then opting for implant removal if it doesn’t improve. She’s 10 and otherwise pretty healthy. I hate the idea of more surgery but I also don’t like the idea of leaving her with a leg that’s sore for the rest of her life. I have insurance for her so the cost isn’t a major consideration. It’s just a huge bummer. And surgery does have risk of complications and not a sure cure. Any thoughts or experiences with this sort of thing? What would you do?
  11. I’ll have to post the pedigree of my first BC. Ay Yi Yi. Every dog on her dam’s side went back to the same two dogs (she was given to me by the “breeder” as a 3 y/o). That said, she turned out to be a really nice dog. Solid temperament. Nice working ability. Scary smart. Therapy dog. Highly irresponsible way to breed ( and I’d definitely avoid buying a dog with that type of background) but beyond that she turned out to be a great dog after working through her lack of early socialization. So I’d quit focusing on that pedigree now and work with the dog in front of you. It could be a number of things causing the issue besides just inbreeding.
  12. When you say that you can’t take him outside, do you mean that he’s indoors 24/7? Is there a reason for this? I was careful about where I took my young pups but they still got out a lot in the early weeks.
  13. It’s for puppies, but I think that she’d find a lot of good info here https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/images/fdsa/Growing-Up-FDSA-eBook.pdf
  14. I live in an area that’s high risk for HW and moderate risk for Lyme and leptospirosis. I use H.W. prevention/flea and tick prevention about nine months a year. My intact male also gets the leptospirosis vaccine. I use regular ivermectin for HW prevention and use an additional wormer 3-4x a year for other worms. I’m not a huge fan of most “natural” remedies for the above as most also have some level of toxicity. I’d rather use something that there’s some laboratory testing data on.
  15. It’s been a heck of a year for me and my crew. Two ortho surgeries, a job change, three months of horrendously long days due to a long drive, and much less training than normal. Finally a move last week that will hopefully help normalize (give us time for) life again. They’ve been troopers! Here’s to a joyful and more peaceful holiday season and a new year filled with positive changes!
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