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Old 03-05-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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the other night he got up from a nap and wouldn't put weight on his back left leg. in a couple of minutes he seemed okay but he's been stubborn about not sitting for treats unless he *really* wants it. So I was concerned that he was in discomfort. He's normally such a sucker for a treat. And he was most uncooperative on the tile so I figured he must be having some trouble. Easier to sit on carpet. About 1.5 years ago he had x-rays because he had a hip pop and he has mild dysplasia.

Well, vet says his leg muscles are so strong that she can't tell (he goes rigid when she's trying to test the leg) but she's a little worried that he's got a slight tear in the left cruciate ligament. I'm praying that it's "just" the dysplasia. It hasn't progressed but maybe he's got a little calcification starting making him uncomfortable. We're going to try a couple of weeks of rimadyl and no walks.

She said, "He'll have to be a couch potato for a while." I burst out laughing. I told her he's very good at that and won't mind that. He will miss his walks. I'll let him do the slow walk to the mailbox which is half a block and back because otherwise he'll pout ridiculously. Otherwise, as I was going to note in the "how much does your dog sleep" thread, this dog is the laziest animal on the planet. When he was younger he would lay down to eat. Even when he was only a year old and had no joint problems he would start to scratch and get about two swipes in then just stop as if to say, "eh. Not worth the effort."

The x-rays were a bit rough. Normally she would not try to x-ray such a big dog without sedation but he is such a good boy. But the tech didn't ask me back with them and I didn't think to say that Dr. P always has me go with him (because of the blindness). So - he let loose his anal glands when they lifted him onto the table. Yikes. They called me back and we got the x-rays. He was anxious but he handled it very well, burying his head in my chest and breathing hard. As soon as we were done he was on the floor looking for handouts.

I sure don't want him to go through another surgery. I know it's very common for dogs with one torn CCL to tear the other eventually. I just pray that's not it. He hasn't been limping since, just reluctant to sit.

(fingers crossed)

One thing is certain, we know his anal glands are healthy and clean. :P
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awww poor Ming! Hopefully him taking it easy will keep it in check and that it don't go worse. Im keeping fingers crossed!
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Well this is not good news and you sure have a sympathetic ear with me. Chessie has had three surgeries on the same leg (and a THR) and is now undergoing stem cell treatment on her leg as well. What type of surgery was it that Ming had on his cruciate? Fingers crossed that with the rest and rimadyl he is feeling better very soon.
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It seems odd that Ming has strong muscles and at the same time is too lazy to scratch himself. I hope it's not a torn ligament. Poor guy though, getting so scared he let loose with his anal glands. I guess they're used to it at the vet. Maybe next time you can accompany Ming to the back room.
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I sure hope Ming is feeling better soon. Fingers crossed no more surgery. Hugs to Ming.
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Can you muschauge(sp) (Sound it out! lol Can't spell!) the leg?
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Well this is not good news and you sure have a sympathetic ear with me. Chessie has had three surgeries on the same leg (and a THR) and is now undergoing stem cell treatment on her leg as well. What type of surgery was it that Ming had on his cruciate? Fingers crossed that with the rest and rimadyl he is feeling better very soon.
Ming had the TPLO ($$$$) but it was a complete tear. I don't know if they'd do that if he had a slight tear. And I'm not sure I'd put him through that anyway. Neighbour's pit-lab tore hers about the same time and they stitched it. Had to stitch it again about a year later but the recovery time is much quicker and it's 1/3 the cost. We were convinced by the ortho that TPLO provided a much more stable joint. It's impossible to know really because they don't actually put the cruciate back together in that case. Certainly that leg gave him trouble for a long time.

He felt better last night after one dose. When he knew it was rawhide time he started going into playbow and spinning around. The spinning is what got him in trouble with the first leg. He spins like a cutting horse and all his weight goes into his hindquarters. (therefore onto his knees). None of my "calm down" and "easy easy easy" commands were getting through to him. Been okay today, not quite as strikingly better as he felt last night but seems okay. Disappointed at the moment because he had his afternoon snack and expected the leash and walk thereafter.

Smooches to Chessie - hope the stem cell takes. Poor thing. They are so tolerant of all they go through. Humans are big wusses compared to animals.

S: yeah, you'd think if a dog was strong like that he'd be an athlete. Not a lazy bum. So I guess it's genetics. Like my husband who has linebacker legs that take no effort to bulk up.
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