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ACL surgery and hip dysplasia

July 23rd, 2007, 11:17 AM
Our 7yr old Rottie/Lab, Lexiss, just had ACL surgery last Thursday (7/19). :frown: She is doing very well already and we are happy to see her perking up again. :lovestruck:

She was diagnosed with hip dysplasia in her left hip at the same time her right knee gave out. So our conern is how not to worsen the left hip and knee while the right knee is healing. Our vet indicated a 40% chance of the left knee having the same problem during healing of the right knee.

I love our vet and he is doing a fantastic job, but I want to be sure there isn't something more we can do for her during the healing process. We are told that she can start swimming again after the staples are removed (it will be her physical therapy so to speak).

She is a very active dog and it's proving difficult to keep her quiet. Our vet said she is starting to use the right leg very well already and to let her for whatever she will tolerate.

Am I worrying too much? We've been lucky and never had to deal with this type of situtation before. Thanks for any tips!!

July 23rd, 2007, 12:39 PM
My Ceili had a TPLO done a few years ago and at that time was diagnosed with dysplasia in both hips. She recently had a TPLO done in her other leg. We've been using Glucosamine / MSM/ Chondroitin since then and the progression of dysplasia has slowed to more or less stabilized. We did try other remedies but I didn't find much difference ~ other folks on this board have found good results for their arthritic or dysplasic dogs with remedies such as shark's cartilage, lipids etc.

A therapy pool (heated water) would be your best bet. Our surgeon recommends using a therapy pool with an underwater treadmill during the recuperation period post-staple removal. Out of doors I don't take her swimming in overly cold water or in any rocky areas ~ nice flat sandy shores for us !

I'm very cognizant of the surfaces in the house to which she has access and have put down area rugs on all floors where she can't get solid traction. She isn't allowed to jump and as such has a ramp she uses to get into my bed (everything else she can climb up onto quite easily). We also use this portable ramp to get into vehicles. As she is a stick-to-Mum-like-glue dawg, there are also two high-loft dog beds in the living areas of my house so she isn't lying on a hard surface. We avoid all stairs wherever possible but I do have a sling to use where they aren't avoidable.

She is still recuperating from the TPLO so exercise is quite limited. Normally, we do go for long walks but limit the amount of time we spend on hard surfaces (sidewalks) and no longer go for rocky or steep hill hikes. She is allowed to run as I find she generally limits herself during playtime. If I think she is over-doing, back on lead she goes or I give her another activity (ie stick to chew on) while her sister and brother are playing. I don't allow her to rough house with her sister and brother or other dogs overly much though.

Still think you're overly cautious ? :laughing: :laughing: If there's an award going I think I'm the :queen: of :crazy: :laughing: :laughing:

July 23rd, 2007, 02:10 PM
This is a good post:

July 23rd, 2007, 05:15 PM
I have a very active hyper yellow lab that just turned 2 yr. old on the 15th of this month. He had his first TPLO surgery for his ACL injury on March 7/07 and his second one for the other leg on July 17/07.

We were told to keep him confined for the first two months and he's only allowed to go outside for pee/poop breaks on a short leash. Running and jumping are not allowed. After two months when the bone has healed his rehabilition walking program starts.

I can certainly sympathize with you regarding keeping your girl quiet. I also have a 2 1/2 yr. old Siberian Husky that misses playing with his buddy big time. It is a real challenge keeping them apart.

I also have my lab on glucosamine/chondroitin tablets. You can just use the ones for humans as the vet ones are a lot more expensive. Another member here has started using Sasha's Blend which contains green lipped mussel. I'm waiting until my last bottle of glucosamine/chondroitin is gone and will give it a try. Here is some info on green lipped mussel:

There's some information about Sasha's Blend at these sites: