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Thread: Anybody had their dog blow an ACL joint?

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    Anybody had their dog blow an ACL joint?

    My son's dog has just had it's first waterfowl season in 2017, and went really well. It has since blown it's ACL joint, which has cost $3.5k to repair. There has been a long period of confinement, and is just into rehab walking/swimming (the dog - not my son recovering from the cost).

    Has anyone had this happen to their dog, and has it had any long term problems? Any tips? (and "shoot it" before the operation is not a tip)
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    Have a daughter who spent that sort of money on her dog for ACL. Followed all the vets instructions etc, dog 18 months later still limps if gets any serious exercise. Have had pig dogs with ACL problems. They came right over a period of time with no operations. Don't think you get the perfect result whatever avenue you take

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    Normally one goes not longer after the first ones bill is paid off, shop around for a few quotes and follow the rehab to the letter.
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    my last gsp had both done at different times, both ops came right and he was as good as gold. both ops did not cost $3500 together, was 5 or 6 years ago though.

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    Had oneof my border Ollie's do his 3-4yrs ago, couldn't afford the surgery so left it. He limps a bit and holds it up when he is really tired but doesn't stop him doing a 2hr walk each night and chasing possums around. Usually limps worse when he is cold and stiff (bit like us all as we get old)
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    How old is the Lab ? Any young dog can injure themselves by overdoing it when they are still growing.
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    Kawhia is on the money, about a third or more dogs do the cruciiate ligament in the other leg too- it’s partly a conformational problem. TherE are several different treatments, at 3.5 k did you get a TTA? If so good return to function is anticipated but this discussion should be one had with the vet/surgeon who knows all case details.
    Very common injury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethos View Post
    Kawhia is on the money, about a third or more dogs do the cruciiate ligament in the other leg too- it’s partly a conformational problem. TherE are several different treatments, at 3.5 k did you get a TTA? If so good return to function is anticipated but this discussion should be one had with the vet/surgeon who knows all case details.
    Very common injury.
    so congenital in some lines breeds??

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzza View Post
    How old is the Lab ? Any young dog can injure themselves by overdoing it when they are still growing.
    16 months old. Dog was really active, and I suspect she really did overdo it. After checking out all the info, my son chose the operation that had the best outcome. All the other op's seem to be patching the problem. Hopefully she won't blow the other ACL. A $7k dog would have to cook breakfast in the maimai, pluck the ducks, herd the pheasants and gut the deer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kawhia View Post
    Normally one goes not longer after the first ones bill is paid off, shop around for a few quotes and follow the rehab to the letter.
    Yes - the rehab has been long and slow.
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    My dog did his as a pup. Had the repair done and not been an issue since. He's now about 8yo, and hunts hard all day. Over the last year + hes less keen on jumping up into the back of the truck if im parked on an angle and the jumps too big, so i just lift him in. No effect at all on him out on the hill, he's still bounching along after a full day hunting and i cover alot of ground.

    My understanding is that smaller dogs do better post op, bigger dogs can more often run into complications, repeats on the other side etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzza View Post
    How old is the Lab ? Any young dog can injure themselves by overdoing it when they are still growing.
    You are right, @muzza ... so many people are eager to get their pup out working ... the stress on them may not be apparent but they will invariably have problems at the other end of their lives ... leaving him at home is no drama ... you wouldn't enlist your ten year old child with the SAS ... you will have 13 to 15 years with the dog, why the rush? ...
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    Some dogs are prone to it though EBs. Seen more labs and GSPs do it than anything else
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