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    02-18-2013, 11:39 PM
Originally Posted by cakemom    
You've been given great advice, but I wanted to just add the reminder to watch her kidney and liver functions on Rimadyl, it can be tough on them.
Good luck. We had the surgery done on our big guy about 10 years ago. I assisted and all I had to pay was the surgeons fee and JUST that part was 800 bucks back then. Luckily I was working for our then vet, an did for 10 years.
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Yes, I'm not a fan of Rimadyl. I prefer Metacam. A but more expensive, but safer.

A traditional repair is closer to $800. It can be tricky with a large, active dog because the recovery period is longer, but there are several success stories on the orthodogs list.
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    02-21-2013, 11:36 PM
Everyone here has given good advice. Just wanted to add a few things (not sure if they've been mentioned, I just skimmed).

It can be tough to keep a dog calm, and if she is nuts, I would definitely look into ace for the short term. I would also invest in a couple puzzle toys for her to keep her mind busy when her body can't be. I promise you, it helps, A LOT.

Regardless of whether you are going to go the surgery route or not, I would recommend looking into hydrotherapy (specifically and under water treadmill. Swimming is of little help as dogs can easily swim with three legs) and possibly laser therapy. The laser is not as important, but if you can afford it, it helps greatly with healing time and pain management. Once your vet clears her for hydro, if you can afford it, it will reduce her recovery time by a significant amount as well as help get some of that excess energy out of her. It's a great way to get her leg working again safely as it is low impact and is much lower risk as far as causing more problems (tearing her other cruciate for example) than any on land exercise. It also is just great for a dog in general, increasing muscle tone all over, helping with any arthritis she might have in other parts of her body due to old age.

Best of luck and wishes for a speedy recovery being sent your way. Please keep us updated on her progress!
    02-22-2013, 01:15 AM
I've heard hydrotherapy mentioned a few times now - I don't know of any clinic or facility locally that offers it, but when we have our vet appointment tomorrow I'll ask. I'm not sure how well it will go over as Pepper hates water more than any cat I've ever met... but it could be worth a shot!
    02-22-2013, 10:41 PM
Well we just got home from the second vet appointment. Nice guy, a lot friendlier and more informative than the first vet we saw. He can do the extracapsular surgery or the specialist can work out of his clinic to do the TPLO. After discussing things with him I *think* we're going to go with the extracapsular surgery, though we haven't booked anything yet. I know the success rate is higher with the TPLO but I'm afraid I just can't spend $3K on a 9 year old dog. $1500 isn't pocket change either, but it's definitely more doable than $3000. My husband definitely wants to do surgery of some kind.

I guess my horse trailer is going to have to wait a little bit longer...
    03-01-2013, 11:32 AM
Pepper had the extracapsular surgery on Tuesday. She came home on Wednesday, and is doing ok, I think. She's definitely uncomfortable and confused, but the poor girl did just have surgery! She was licking at the stitches a little bit so we put a cone on her overnight when we can't watch her. The cone freaks her out pretty badly but I have this awful vision of waking up in the morning and her incision is open and bleeding everywhere.

I'm fortunate enough to take her to work, at least yesterday and today, though I'm not sure if that will be able to continue into next week (I don't want to push the issue). She's off her food but I'm not really surprised, firstly I'm sure the anesthetic was hard on her stomach and secondly she's always been the type of dog to ignore her food if something's 'off.' We've managed to tempt her a little bit with deer sausage but not much, if she's still not eating much by tonight or tomorrow I'll call the vet again.
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    03-01-2013, 08:16 PM
I'm glad you decided on surgery and that she seems to be doing alright :] Hopefully she'll be feeling a little more comfortable and up to eating in the next few days, surgery is never fun! She looks like a real sweetheart and a trooper, keep us updated! Best of luck.
    03-02-2013, 12:50 AM
Soaking her kibbles in a bit of chicken broth seems to have done the trick. :)

She has, however, gotten extremely skilled at cheeking her pills. >:(
    03-02-2013, 10:23 AM
I used a modified pair of baby pants over Luna's leg when she had her surgery. Worked great top keep her from messing with her stitches.

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    08-02-2014, 09:49 PM
Old, OLD thread I know, but I thought I'd post an update.

Pepper is pretty much as good as new. She can't go quite as far as she used to, but aside from not being my walking/biking companion anymore she still runs and plays and protects the yard (she killed another skunk last week... )

Just figured in case anyone in the same situation looked up this thread I'd like them to know we had a happy ending!
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    08-02-2014, 10:35 PM
Awesome news! Thanks for updating!
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