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post #51 of 54 Old 10-14-2010, 08:59 AM
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Great story Littleman. We had a similar issue with a couple of our dogs. One of our bitches tore both of her ACLs, we had them repaired at great cost as you know. The surgery didn't take and she was basically left with two mostly useless back legs. Parents decided to give her a chance, within a couple of days this dog was running around on her FRONT legs. Back legs weren't being used at all just skimming the ground. She continued like this for about a year, even hunted happily and without incident. Her front end became extremely large and muscular while her back end wasted away. She was in no pain and very happy, even the vets said to just leave well enough alone. Finally she began using her back legs again. Slowly but surely she put more and more weight on them and used them for walking/running. Then she was fine. Musculature went back to normal and she never had a lame step for the rest of her life. She lived a good 3-4 yrs after that until she got a very aggressive form of mammary cancer.

It's fascinating what the body can do if it needs to.
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post #52 of 54 Old 10-14-2010, 03:30 PM
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Thanks LittlemanRob for the info on diatomaceous earth.
I've never heard of that either, will have to go investigate.

And to both you and
MN Tigerstripes as well.
So sorry to hear about
what you and your dogs had to go through!
Glad to hear you also had happy endings....

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post #53 of 54 Old 10-14-2010, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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:) I just hope the info helps someone else.

That is an amazing story Tigerstripes. I'm glad your doggie was able to recover like that, after the surgery went wrong. I've read the odds can be pretty bad and it makes me mad that all vets seem to want to do is take your money. It is hard to find a good one... just like a mechanic. When we get a good one, hold on like grim death!

Don't get me started about people doctors. I just found a good one after years of searching.

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post #54 of 54 Old 10-15-2010, 09:24 AM
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I'm a little biased towards vets, I've had the pleasure to know very many good vets, so I don't have any bad feelings towards them. I do wish they would be more honest about the likelyhood of the surgery succeeding, but sometimes I wonder if they always know the odds. It really does depend on how well the vet educates themselves. Do they actually read the journal articles and go to the meetings (having a brain fart right now) to learn more? Or do they skim and talk to colleagues? That's where the real difference comes in between vets.

My dog Mo was kicked by a horse when he was 6 mnths old. He had a cartilage chip and was limping. It was diagnosed as OCD and the vet said they could do surgery to pull out the chip and sand down the bone surface so the cartilage would grow back evenly. She told me if I didn't do it, he would more than likely limp for the rest of his life and have early onset arthritis. But she said that he might not, apparently they didn't know.

I elected to have the surgery even though I was a broke ass college student and it was a lot of money. Mo is 9 yrs old now and has NEVER had a trace of a limp. Brought him to my vet this year and told her the story. She was amazed that it actually worked. Apparently back when his surgery was done they had a very very low success rate. It's better now, but still.

Now our vet that did the ACL surgery told us that they don't always work, but had never seen a dog w/ 2 torn ones survive without the surgery. So we were fully informed but did the surgery.
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