My dog is getting a bionic knee tomorrow.

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  1. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Telefied Silver Supporter

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    My little terrier blew out her left rear knee and is having TPLO surgery tomorrow. This is similar to an ACLU tear in a human knee. It is called Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy. It involves putting a small metal support device to hold the knee in place and they shave the bones to make the joint stronger. We have had to wait two weeks to get the surgeon we wanted and specializes in this surgery. It looks like it will be a long recovery and involves lots of physical therapy. Fortunately we have a pool and can get her swimming after 10 weeks. Pretty nervous about this, but it is necessary to get her back to normal. Appreciate some good pet thoughts for little Abigail.

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    We had a tplo done on our dog back in 2008. PT is key. Having a pool is a big plus.

    Our guy made a 99% recovery within a few months, and then lived out a great 7 years afterwards before cancer got him.

    Good luck.

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    Wishing Abigail a quick and full recovery.

    Cheers,
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    Good luck!!! Woof! :)
     
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    Much Love for your Pup!! Dog's a very resilient, just don't rush recovery!
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Apparently the need to do the other knee is pretty high when you have one ACL go. One of our boxers ended up getting both done in the same calendar year. Luckily, she’s a very relaxed older dog and she rested up well until her swimming started. She’s all good now! Yours will be fine too!
     
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    Love dogs, people not as much. Wishing her a speedy recovery.
     
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    My dog had that done 25 years ago, they used fishing line to stabilize the knee. No physio therapy, the dog was pretty good after that, lived a good life, took walks, ran, etc.
    By the way, they told you that you can expect the same in the other knee.. in humans this happens due to injury, in dogs the ligament weakens with age and when one knee breaks, usually the other one does too.
    That’s what happened to my dog. Following the vet advice we didn’t do the surgery on the other knee, the dog was good after the initial recovery.
    Good luck to your dog
     
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    Man, I’ve had dogs forever and never encountered that but I do learn something new every day. Go Abigail and Get Well Soon!
     
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    Our little dog Bella it turns out was born with a problem with her knee, but we didn't know it until she started walking on three legs. She was probably four or five years old at the time. They did some sort of work on it, something like your Abigail is going through, she recovered completely and lived to be over fourteen years old. Once she healed, she was as good as new. She would even run around the yard when she got excited when we came home.
     
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    Best wishes and good puppy vibes sent to Abigail!
     
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    Best of luck to the little guy.
     
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    Thank's everyone. Heading over to the vets shortly. She at least likes the car ride.
     
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    So they can rebuild her . . .
     
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    ...make her better. Stronger. Faster.
     
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    Tufnell sends his love!
     
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    Keeping good thoughts for her. Our Maltese had the Luxating Patella problem on both of her back knees and had surgeries for each. We'd been warned that she'd likely have arthritis in both when she got older. She's 16 now and going strong. A bit stiff legged when the weather gets wet but still runs and romps like a puppy.
     
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    Good looking dog! All the best to her. Keep us posted.
     
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    Best wishes for Abigail, one thing my pups have loved in the past was a blanket thrown into the dryer for 5 minutes.
    Seems to have a real comforting effect (may depend on climate)
     
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