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#912977 - 09/10/13 02:08 PM Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs?
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Just got back from the vet. No healing has taken place so the next step is surgery. We have a choice of 2 kinds. Just wondering if any Boomers have had this for their dogs?
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#912980 - 09/10/13 02:16 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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Oh no! I haven't experienced this with my babies.
I just want to give you a hug on this new decision.

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#912986 - 09/10/13 02:59 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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I decided not to have surgery on Merlin's tendon/ligament tears. I wish you luck on your decision. hearts
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#912997 - 09/10/13 03:44 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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I'm sorry there is no healing. Hugs for you and Keoki. hearts puppy
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#913014 - 09/10/13 04:28 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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Yes, major disappointment for us. I just wish I knew what the best decision was...my head hurts just weighing the options.
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#913016 - 09/10/13 04:34 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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Our Pit Bull/Australian Shepard cross had cruciate ligament surgery last spring. Our vet also offered two surgeries. One was about $1,700 for a plate to stabilize the joint performed by a specialist. The other was more traditional surgery where our vet would drill holes in the leg bones and run a strong filament through them to stabilize the joint. We opted for the less expensive surgery and after a veeeeeeery looooooong 8-week recovery period where I had a 70 pound Pit Bull living in my house and only going for leash walks, she is doing great. Of course Charlee thought it was just peachy-keen to lay on the couch all day and get to sleep inside when it was cold! She limps on the leg sometimes when she's been too active or has been laying down a long time, but otherwise the joint is very stable.
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#913033 - 09/10/13 06:39 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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Ahh, Hugs and prayers out to you to make the right decision. Hugs to Keoki hearts
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#913035 - 09/10/13 06:56 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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Registered: 06/10/06
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Oh Wow, L4l. Good luck with the decision making. A tough thing to have to do. HUGS your way!! hearts

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#913048 - 09/10/13 09:05 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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Thanks guys. Drac, we have that same choice. The plate one (TPLO) would be done in Birmingham by a trio of board certified orthopedic surgeons. The one Charlee had is the one my vet does (I think) but I know my vet is concerned about that one as Keoki is about 57 lbs. I have a call in to my original vet to talk to him about the one he does. wave
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#913050 - 09/10/13 09:42 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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Charlee is roughly 70 lbs and the challenge is to keep her from running off down in the woods to chase coyotes. We have to lock her and our Lab up at night in the dog pen.

It's so hard to know what to do. Our vet told us whichever way we went, to expect arthritis as she gets older. But even though she's fairly young dog - maybe 6 or 7 years old - she has arthritis in the last 5 vertabrae of her spine already. Since she's sort of a rescue, we're not sure why, but suspect it's from her Australian Shepherd side. She has a short little tail and I've read Australian Shepherds that have those are prone to spinal problems.
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#913053 - 09/10/13 10:03 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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L4l,

I'm sending you an email about this, so don't throw it in your round file. wink

Gil.

Btw, Draclvr, I thought it was you at first. FYI, your PM runneth over.



Edited by traveler (09/10/13 10:16 PM)
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#913054 - 09/10/13 10:10 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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Loc: Massachusetts
Oh L4L I'm sending prayers and good thoughts for you and your baby.

Midgie hearts
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#913056 - 09/10/13 10:15 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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Have no such experience and am so sorry for you and Keoki. I know you will make the right decision for him. hearts puppy
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#913058 - 09/10/13 10:32 PM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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Whatever your decision I hope there will be healing. So hard to watch a lame animal and wonder the best course of action to take.
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#913084 - 09/11/13 04:08 AM Re: Anyone have experience with TPLO surgery for dogs? [Re: looney4labs]
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L4L it is always so hard to make a decision when your pet is involved. Just know whatever you decided it will be the right decision because you are doing what you think is best for Keoki. You can't see the future so after weighing your option you will do what is best for Keoki. Hugs and Love to you both.
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