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Our lab, Port "Isabel" Quik, injured her right hind leg last night. Took her in this morning, and doc says she has a torn CCL (equivalent to our ACL).

So she has to go under the knife. This will have to be her early Christmas present. May be mine too!

Anyone else have experience with this?
 

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My dog went through this a couple years ago. It is an expensive surgery and always has the possibility of being reinjured. We had to go back twice. First time the miniscus was damaged and we did more surgery then we went back again because she reinjured it. The second time, we just put her on a diet and exercise plan. After loosing about 10 pounds that she gained from the lay up time during the first recovery, she is doing fine.

I am guessing that this is the procedure they are going to do?

http://www.vetsurgerycentral.com/tplo.htm

Ask away with any questions you might have and I will try to answer...

Jason
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I shopped around town quite a bit and ended up using Dr. Rusty Tracy in Tomball (per Oxbow's recommendation) to do the tplo on my lab about 3-4 months ago. It was a very invasive surgery, however the tplo surgery seemed to be the best option for a long term fix. My pup has recovered very well. Cost about $2,500. FYI, have the surgery done sooner than later, recovery time will be less.
 

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We had the procedure done at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists on the west 610 loop near San felipe. The doctor was Dr. Brian Beale. He was very good but was very expensive. The procedure had two options. Standard surgery or laproscopic. We choose the lapro and it was almost $3,000. The recovery time is supposed to be much quicker that way. The only other people that we were told to check with was A&M in College Station.

I knew it was going to cost when he had a picture of President Bush Sr. and his dog on the wall.

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jason101 said:
We had the procedure done at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists on the west 610 loop near San felipe. The doctor was Dr. Brian Beale. He was very good but was very expensive. The procedure had two options. Standard surgery or laproscopic. We choose the lapro and it was almost $3,000. The recovery time is supposed to be much quicker that way. The only other people that we were told to check with was A&M in College Station.

I knew it was going to cost when he had a picture of President Bush Sr. and his dog on the wall.

Jason
Anything done at Gulf Coast is going to be expensive - but they are some of the best around. One of my rescued Boston's had demodectic mange. Basically it's a hereditary condition involving mites that live on the skin and causes uncontrollable itching and hair loss in patchy areas. We took him to a local vet who misdiagnosed the condition for ringworm. A friend recommended Gulf Coast when the condition wasn't getting any better. Gulf Coast was great and Steve-O was fixed up in a matter of a month or so. But I had to mortgage Boardwalk, Park Place and all 4 railroads just to pay the bill.
 

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The only leg injures I'm familiar with on dogs are those breeds which have long been bred down in size - i.e., toy and tea-cup poodles. They generally suffer from hip dysplasia, meaning they sometimes have a slight limp in a hind leg which leads the owner thinking of an injury that is often "re-aggrivated," which is not the case. ....I'm glad you are doing your research, Fishnlab!

Please keep us up on your fishing partner's progress.
 

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sorry to hear that, I love my dog too. If anything ahppened to her I would take care of it too, even it meant cutting back on other things like leases and fishing trips. Best of luck!
 
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