Golden Retriever Born 2/15/2015
I am glad she is doing well the first 2 weeks were the hardest after that it was keeping gower calm and not to get overly excited. Or allowing him to walk to far, we have a tiny garden but it is artificial turf and no where he’d go to the bathroom so we’d have to open the gate to the open grass area and take him out on a lead there and sometimes he’d think he could walk further.Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that. I've read the same statistics (or even higher) and expecting the same for Eva next year...ideally in a new insurance year and we're reaching the limit in this one. I hope Gower's just got a stain... I suspect we're both qualified enough to figure that out quite quickly now. Keeping fingers crossed for you two.
Eva's doing well, thank you. Walking around the garden (5 min on lead) is almost like normal, not limping much. We were doing the same before the operation, so very used to it. She does hop and struggle a bit getting off her mat and negotiating her way around the pen. Maybe it's because her leg has gone to sleep a little, maybe it's because she's got a cone on and can't really see her way around. I'm a little worried because her leg was stiff getting up from rest before, so I was expecting that to be immediately fixed! I may be expecting too much, this is day 8!
We're seeing the vet tomorrow to check the stitches. Everything looks fine there. I'm doing (well, Eva's doing!) passive "stretches" 4 times a day followed by hot and cold packs. Alternating every 2 mins for 10 mins or so.
She's adjusted to her boring pen days so well, as long as we're in the same room. But she doesn't like being left alone. Before TPLO she'd sleep at the bottom of the stairs and she was always one to follow me around the house. So now she barks when she's alone. I've managed to get as far as leaving the next room door open and if she can hear me then she's generally ok, but I can't get any further. She's always been fine when we're out of the house for hours, as long as she can be by the front door she'll sleep until we get back. I think the pen, at the back of the house in the kitchen, isn't ideal. So, I'm looking forward to having her back in the hallway. We can't do that now because if someone comes to the door, rings the bell or drops letters through the letterbox, then it can startle her. We've put signs up outside and taped up the bell, but it's still a risk! So we haven't left her alone in the house yet. Not sure when we'll dare do that! I'm sleeping on a camp bed in the kitchen, unless I've got to be in the office the next morning, in which case my wife will. It's daylight at 4am now and the curtains are thin. It doesn't seem to bother Eva luckily. She'll still sleep until we make a move.
I've started looking at physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. I've have a chat with the vet too, see which places she recommends.
This is such an undertaking, but at least we knew what to expect and were fully prepared...thanks to you and others here!
Sending best wishes to you and Gower...keep us posted
I know the statistics are very high we thought he was doing really well, but then all of a sudden last night it’s hard to say for 100 % certainly it’s the non surgery leg because due to the surgery he is walking even stranger as he still has pain with both.
I am going to call to make some appointments today, but that’s difficult because we are now back to square one with no vet as I think I mentioned before we switched to his rehab vet who now left the facility she was at and only does rehab now and no general practice. I did take him to a new vet for his annual check up - it’s 5 minutes from the house and had good reviews but it seems it might be too new and overcharging for services. I’ve thought about making a rehab recheck with the rehab vet to get some guidance because she’s wonderful but the place she’s at is over an hour away and I don’t even know what sort of appointments they do since it’s a rehab facility not a vet clinic.
The vet who did the surgery last time was not at a specialist board certified vet as that would be 3 months out to take him there.. we aren’t unhappy with the job he did on the surgery but are unsure about how he handled the follow up I think I mentioned he was trying to get us to do a second surgery 4 weeks post op due to how the x-ray looked luckily we had our rehab / new vet at the time give us guidance on that and got us X-rays looked at by a radiologist at the board certified vet and made us an appointment and everything was okay. So now we run into the question do we go back to that vet or look into a specialist.
I didn’t get gower insurance until after his surgery so if it’s a cruciate tear even on the other knee it won’t be covered since it is a pre existing condition I wish I would of gotten him insurance at a younger age but at this point that doesn’t matter.
I hope Eva won’t tear the other knee but at least if she does, hopefully it’s within a new year for your insurance.
good luck with her appointment!
how did her leg look after the surgery? Gower when he had his had purple bruising terribly on the inside where the incision was, and even on the other side.