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Open for discussion: February 25

Posted by laurie on February 25, 2013

17 Responses to “Open for discussion: February 25”

  1. Kate (Gandolf's mom, w/ memories of Kramer) said

    Good morning, everyone. I hope this is appropriate to post here. I have published a book and am telling you about it because my Beagle Kramer is in it. He’s got his own chapter, and then some. I mentioned before that we had to put Kramer to sleep this past July from cancer, and it was cathartic to write and journal about it. The book is called Funerals of the Mind, and you can find it in amazon or at my website http://www.funeralsofthemind.com.
    Other than that, we found out that Gandolf, our Beagle/Shepard has 2 torn interior cruciate ligaments. Not good news at all for him. He’s on Etogesic which helps him a ton, and Glucosamine supplement but we’re debating on whether or not to do surgery. Has anyone else ever had to deal with that? I realize it’s more common in larger dogs, and Beagles aren’t really prone to it. Just any help is appreciated. Thank you very much!

    • Ellen Schare said

      Hi Kate-
      My (then 7yo) Olivia tore her ACL. Our vet was not very pro surgery. He feels they tend to re-injure the leg during the recuperation period. We found a canine physical therapist who worked WONDERS with her. The first couple of weeks were the hardest, as you might expect. We kind of helped her outside with a belt looped under her abdomen. We have a doggie door and my husband installed a ramp for her and slowly she recovered. The vet told us expect it to take 6 months, and he was right on target.
      Good luck!

  2. Karen Spivey said

    Hi Kate, I’ve had 2 beagles with torn acls. Very painful for the dog. They both had the operation with no problems.

    Congrats on your book–will check it out later.

  3. Bailey & Gypsy & Trents dad said

    Kate, our Bailey had the surgery and came through it just fine. You’ll need to come up with a rear end support to help with walks etc post surgery. They make a 4 point canine sling for it, or you can make your own. We have both our seniors on Glucosamine . Seems to help somewhat. Also we keep Rimadyl in the house for cold weather arthritis pain. I just take celebrex!
    Congrats on the book!

    • Bailey & Gypsy & Trents dad said

      Oh, btw – it helps if they are not overweight! I know its difficult, but keep them from getting too heavy…this plays a big role in knee and back injuries..

  4. Beaglemom to Ben & Tito said

    Our beagle Ben – 6 years old – had ACL surgery on both knees in 2012 (April and December).
    He now takes glucosamine and green lipped muscle.

  5. Sam and Sweetums' Mom said

    Wow, I guess we are lucky as we have a 6 and 7 year olds and so far no major health problems other than the 7 year old is food driven and expects a snack after every potty break…Dad got her hooked on that but I am not giving in to that. Perhaps we should such start on glucosamine.

  6. Kate (Gandolf's mom) said

    Wow! I didn’t realize it was so common in our little beagles. Sad! 😦 But I am glad to hear that “your” guys came through well. Thanks So much for the advice.

  7. Marci said

    I feel like a bad mom. Our beagle Lucky tore her ACL. The vet said we could do surgery or wait to see how she managed. We gave her pain meds and just waited. Mostly because the $600 surgery bill was a bit over our heads. Lucky’s ACL seemed to heal just fine. Thankfully. Just thought you might like to know there is another option out there that works.

    • Kate (Gandolf's mom) said

      Thank you for this. The vet bill for surgery was a bit m$ch! I am glad to know that Lucky did fine on the meds. You are not a bad mom at all!

  8. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    Sigh. My poor Gomez tore his cranial cruciate ligament (which is the rough doggie equivalent of the human ACL) in his left leg last July, and ruptured the right CCL January 1. We had the surgery in August and again in January and he’s done very well with both procedures. It’s a pretty big deal – he had/has to be confined to a crate for 8 weeks post surgery, which is difficult for both dog and human. And yeah, it’s expensive. Really expensive.

    Fortunately for us our vet works with a really good orthopedic surgeon who has done literally thousands of these procedures and Gomie was restored to about 95% of his pre-injury capability with the first surgery. I expect a similar outcome with the most recent surgery – he’s at 7 weeks today (Congratulations Gomie!) and he’s able to walk about half a mile with no problem. Stairs are still a challenge at this point.

    There wasn’t much of an choice for us – Gomez couldn’t put ANY weight on the injured leg and also couldn’t hold it up off the ground because the connective tissue was destroyed. From the time he injured his knee I had to carry him everywhere, and that got old real fast. I’m glad we had the option of the surgery, but I’ll be REALLY glad when he’s back to normal!

    • Kate (Gandolf's mom) said

      Poor Gomez!I hear you on all levels. We had Gandolf crate trained, but when we lost Kramer, he destroyed 3 crates in a week! So, he’s confined to a room with a bed when we’re not home, since we have 3 cats and he’s aggressive towards them when we’re not looking. It would be a large adjustment for him, and for us. 🙂 That, and the $$. He is responding well to drugs, but thank you for the good news that Gomez is healing and doing well after surgery.

  9. Colleen's mommy said

    Our beloved beagle Henry, who passed 4 yrs ago, tore ACL’s on both back legs, but 2 yrs apart. He came through the surgery with flying colors! My father had a ramp made so Henry wouldn’t have to go over stairs! The contractor was a dog owner & thought that was such a great show of love! Really Henry was amazing! Dogs are very resilient. Best wishes!

  10. harperlea said

    Congrats on the book, Kate! I too will have to check it out later.

    I had ACL Surgery on my left knee in August and am healing fairly well; I haven’t gotten my bend back to 100%, but I’m working on it. Fortunately, I can still throw the tennis ball for Shotzy Girl, and I didn’t have to have an E-collar or be crated during my recuperation 🙂

    Our poor Labrador, JD, tore both hind CCLs; he CANNOT be crated, and we had no way to keep him immobilized/confined after surgery, so we opted not to have it done. He had to have a cyst (cancerous) removed, and he tore the stitches out the next day … cost as much to have him re-stitched. He has a full life, and still chases balls in the backyard, but his hind legs aren’t 100%.. He has compensated for that though, and his chest & front leg muscles are much stronger.

    Happy to hear Gomez is healing well!!! Yay… Gooo Gomez!

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