made me giggle?and his back half has always lived a separate existence from his front half
TheRedQueen wrote:Sawyer has a luxating patella in his left leg...it's not been too bad...he just limps a bit after a hard weekend of flyball.
Sorry...it does suck.
Talked to a sports vet a while back, and she recommended lots of stretching of the back legs...so Sawyer has to get on his hind legs and "dance" before running...it really does seem to help...and he likes it!
He's also on Dasequin and gets a rimadyl if he's having a particular "ouchy" day. Lots of soft bedding to lie on helps too...he gets stiff if he's on the hard floor too long.
Hollys Rangie wrote:Hi everyone - I usually don't post much, but do a lot of reading around here.
I have a quick question for any of you out there that might have a suggestion for me.
I have a 2 year old pit bull rescue. He has got a lot of problems due to apparent inbreeding. He had mange as a pup, is somewhat mentally challenged (vet says he will be mentally a puppy), and his back half has always lived a separate existence from his front half. Despite all of this, or maybe because of it, he has been nothing but a blessing to my husband and I.
He has been experiencing a little bit of tenderness in one of his back legs recently, but then began to have some issues with his back legs after taking a spill while chasing a squirrel. We took him to the vet today and found out that he has got grade three luxated patellas on both of his back legs. According to the vet this is rather unusual in a dog his size, but is also very rare to have both of the back legs in this condition.
We have gone ahead and set up the consultation with the orthopedic surgeon for Tuesday morning, and are contacting the local (about an hour and forty-five minutes away) Veterinary Teaching Hospital. All in all, we are looking at about $5000+ to fix both of his legs. I am not exactly sure how we are going to find the money, but we will somehow.
Anyway, my question is,
Do any of you have any suggestions for how to try to cut down the cost a bit?
How can I help to make him the most comfortable that I can in the meantime?
All suggestions appreciated. Thanks.
dlynne1123 wrote:I was referring to treadmill swimming. Only for muscle atrophy. It is recommended here for post ACL surgeries. My girl had a partially torn ligament and we did teeter tables, exercise balls and treadmill therapy and she came out without needing sugery in the long haul. It our case it was very helpful.
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