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Still limping after ACL surgery in June

Discussion in 'Dog Health issues and questions' started by Murp.mm, Sep 30, 2009.

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  1. Murp.mm

    Murp.mm Boxer Insane

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    Ms. Ali is still limping after having her knee surgery done back in June. I know it's major surgery but some days she great. I was wondering if anyone could suggest an anti-inflamatory. I think she overdoes it and then her knee gets inflamed. I just want my baby all better again. Any help would be appreciated big time. Thanks a bunch.
     
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    Metacam worked great for us. What does your vet suggest?
     
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    Thanks. She was on Dermamaxx. I found that good. I thought there might be something holistic that I could try. Metacam is a prescription right!! How long did you have her on it? I think Ms. Ali should be on something for awhile yet but the vet didn't encourage putting her back on Dermamaxx. The surgeon who did her surgery was out of town and the vet that was filling it was the one who implied that to me. I think maybe it's a trip back to my old vet. I'll mention Metacam to him.
     
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    Baxter has had both his ACLs torn and TPLO on both of them. His last ACL surgery was over 18 months ago. He still limps a little bit on that leg. I think he always will. We don't have him on anti-inflammatories on a regular basis. I just don't like what they can do to their bodies. I agree, however, that Metacam is the better one to use. It's nice to have it on hand for days when Baxter looks like he might actually be in pain (which is rare). I'd definitely ask about it. I hope your baby gets back to normal soon!
     
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    Thanks a bunch. I feel more comfortable about it all now knowing that after 18 months your baby still limps a bit and I think that Ms. Ali's knee will always cause her to limp a bit too and I also agree it's nice to have anti-inflamatories on hand for the days when you know they might be in pain. I also just started her on Glusomomine HCL as sulfate apparently stays in their system. Once again thanks for your help.
     
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    I sure hope she gets feeling better soon , I know when even though hunny never had to have surgery and is all better she still will favour it if she over does it . I think it will always be a bit of a weak spot.
     
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    Glad to hear that Hunny is good and didn't need surgery. I had Ms. Ali out yesterday for a walk not near as long as she was used to but her leg is acting up again after the walk. But overall compared to before surgery she's doing better. She couldn't even put it down then. Now it's a limp and the occasional lifting. Hoping that gluclosomine is going to help. Maybe I'm too anxious. It's been a little over 3 months now. I agree that it will always be weaker than before surgery. Thanks and take care.
     
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    Poor Ali :( I hope she gets better soon!

    Fish oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, so you could try giving her fish oil and vitamin E supplements daily to see if that helps. Are you giving her Chondroitin and MSM along with the Glucosamine?
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    My Newfie mix had knee surgery back in March, so almost 7 months ago. At 5 months she was almost back to full activity, but I'd say it's only been within the last month that she can do anything and be fine. She went through a rough period at about 3 months after the surgery where she got very sore on that leg and carried it at times. We backed way off with her exercise (doing only 5 or 10 minute walks for a couple of weeks) and then when I slowly started to increase her exercise again, she did fine. We completed a timed 3 mile walk exactly 6 months after her surgery and she did great.

    She really never limps on it at all now, but I will say that I have to be consistent with her exercise. Last week the dogs didn't get out as much and then one day I took them out for a long walk, and she was slightly sore that night. Now that they have been going out on their normal daily walk, she is back to being totally fine on it.

    She's not on any painkillers, but I do have her on Glyco-Flex III. Originally after the surgery the vet put her on Synovi, but I can get the Glyco for way cheaper and she takes less each day. I don't know if it makes a difference for her, but one of my other dogs has arthritis and it made a significant difference after about a month.

    Now, my dog had the traditional repair, not a TPLO, so Ms. Ali's recovery may be different. My vet said that any really awful thing that could happen to the knee (like the surgery failing) would happen very early on, like in the first couple of weeks. He said that usually when the dog is limping several weeks after the surgery, they just need to rest more.

    I hope she improves! I know how frustrating it is!
     
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    Oh thank you so much. It sounds pretty much like the way she's been. She was doing a bit better and then I think I did too much walking with her and she had a set back. So for now we've cut back on her exercise to half what see was doing (like what you did). She's improving again but if she goes any distance she's limping more again. At her two month checkup the vet said everything was good and she was doing good so I'm assuming she's over did it. I've put her on glucosomine HCL just last week so I'm sure that will help over time. Can you buy the glyco flex 111 over the counter or do you need a prescription. Could you pls post again and let me know. I'd appreciate it soooo much. Glad that you baby is doing well. Thanks for taking the time to post. I feel much better already knowing that you baby is doing fine now and had a few setback as well.
     
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