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Problems after TPLO surgery

August 26th, 2007, 10:03 PM
My nine year old beagle/heeler Ruby mix had TPLO surgery six months ago due to a ruptured ACL. During the surgery, they also removed her meniscus which was damaged. She was recovering beautifully and I was walking with her daily on a leash up to an hour at a time. Unfortunately, my husband was walking her five weeks ago (on the leash) and our chocolate lab Bubba collided with her crashing into her bad leg (rear left). She has limped ever since and cannot even walk a city block without starting to go completely lame. The vet did an x-ray last Monday and said that the surgical site looks fine, but it looks like she my have suffered a compression injury to her knee and that since she does not have a meniscus, that she is likely experiencing bone on bone friction when she puts weight on that leg. He prescribed Cosequin and Rimadyl which I have given her this week, but she does not seem any better. I am devasted that she may suffer for the rest of her life and I am considering drastic options like amputation of the leg. I live on Kodiak Island in Alaska and we only have one vet, so getting a second opinion or seeing a specialist would be very costly. I would appreciate any advice about how to proceed.

August 26th, 2007, 10:24 PM
Hi, You will have to give the meds alittle longer to work. But you may also want to switch to a food for arthritis just to help. Also you may want to give some glucose with MSM to help with collegian in joints. Ask your vet for dosing. Hope your little one is well soon. Also many animals do fine with amputations if that becomes the last option. AMber

August 27th, 2007, 12:51 AM
I will look into getting the special food for arthritis and glucose with MSM. I haven't been able to find any information about dogs with knee injuries after they have had the meniscus removed. My vet did not mention amputation, but I know many dogs get around fine with three legs so I was thinking that might be an option at some point if things don't improve. I get very depressed at the thought of Ruby never being able to run again. I am concerned that if I can't exercise her regularly (like the past month) that she will gain weight and be at higher risk for a ruptured ACL in her other leg. Of course, if she only had three legs and that happened, that would be bad, too.

I appreciate your feedback and will give the new medicine time to work.

August 27th, 2007, 04:47 PM
Some Inspiration...

Best of luck whatever the outcome....:pray::grouphug: