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My pup came up lame 10 days ago, Vet's diagnosis is partially torn ligament at anterior/lateral part of her hock. Prescription was give Rymadel for a week and keep her on a leash for a month. Just curious if anyone else's dog has suffered this injury and what was the prescribed treatment and outcome? My dog is a very healthy, agile 2.5 years old and I'm praying she'll have 100% recovery.
 

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Oh no! Poor pup.


I think I'd probably consult with an orthopedist for a second opinion if your diagnosis came from a general practice vet. Ligament injuries are sometimes tricky to diagnose, and even trickier to get to heal. Some need specialist surgery -- not always, but often enough that I'd want a specialist helping to make the judgment call and oversee the treatment plan.
 

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Been through it with four knees, and four surgeries. Sorry!

The last two I said forget the rest and rimadyl for a month and just do the surgery. I’d rather use that month for recovery from surgery than try to rehab, then wait and see.
All four partials went to full blown tears by the surgery dates so they were going to need it anyway.

Surgeon described the CCL as a rope. Some of the pieces will fray, but most likely the whole thing will eventually snap. Waiting on the first two also put a strain on the healthy knee, which lead to those tearing, as well. Arthritis starts as soon as the injury happens.

I’d only deal with a board certified orthopedic surgeon, but that’s me.

Wish I had better news for you! There are some that do ok with conservative management. We weren’t one of those lucky ones.
 
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Who is the vet and where are you taking her for PT?
 

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I don't know how close you are to Oakland, but this is where we take Halo for her swim therapy: Holistic Veterinary Care - Veterinary Clinic in Oakland, CA

It's a great facility and you should be able to get in much sooner than 6 weeks. In addition to other therapies, they have both an underwater treadmill and a heated pool. The rehab for this puppy was at HVC:

 
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Been through it with four knees, and four surgeries. Sorry!

The last two I said forget the rest and rimadyl for a month and just do the surgery. I’d rather use that month for recovery from surgery than try to rehab, then wait and see.
All four partials went to full blown tears by the surgery dates so they were going to need it anyway.

Surgeon described the CCL as a rope. Some of the pieces will fray, but most likely the whole thing will eventually snap. Waiting on the first two also put a strain on the healthy knee, which lead to those tearing, as well. Arthritis starts as soon as the injury happens.

I’d only deal with a board certified orthopedic surgeon, but that’s me.

Wish I had better news for you! There are some that do ok with conservative management. We weren’t one of those lucky ones.
Sorry you had to deal with so many knees. This is on her hock and I feel confident she'll heal if I don't let her explode and cut off her hind leg. Having had 6 orthopedic surgeries myself I'm willing to try a month of conservative treatment first.
 

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Who is the vet and where are you taking her for PT?
The ortho vet is Dr. Hoskins in Santa Rosa, best physical exam around. Her primary vet in Alameda concurs. I tried to get into Muller vet in W/C for PT. I'll try your clinic, thanks. Working on a balance disc for stability at home.
 

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The orthopedic surgeon we saw was Dr. Andy Staatz at Sage in Campbell. We thought he was great - Halo loved him and he really liked her too. He told us all about the GSD he had growing up. Very thorough exam, including video, and then he reviewed the video in slo mo with their neurologist and also went through her MRI with the neurologist.

Muller was one of the places we'd heard about for PT, but they are known for being booked up. We got into HVC very quickly. Muller has an underwater treadmill but not a pool, HVC is one of the few places that has both. Halo goes twice a week, she works with Betsy and Sandy most of the time. They are fantastic with her and she loves going there.
 
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