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    I'm in desperate need of some advice! Bella was out with me Friday night and at about 9pm she tripped on some concrete garden stairs when coming out of a friends house. She got up, but was only standing on three legs with her front left one barely touching the floor. I carried her home and thought I'd just let her rest and settle her for the night to see how things were in the morning. In the morning she was in the same condition and would not put any pressure on her leg atall so I made a vet appointment for 3 o'clock that day. The vets thought after feeling around and watching her attempt to walk was that she may have fractured a growth plate which could require surgery! They tried to do a concious xray but with no luck had her sedated and xrayed within 2 hours. However when I went to collect her they did mention that she was hard to xray because of her extra skin. Does this mean that they're not clear and it's harder to see damage? She said she can't see anything at the moment, but the top vet of the surgery is away until Tuesday and he will have to look then and determine what's wrong and whether surgery is needed. The vet I spoke to said that growth plate damage is really serious and that she would need surgery within 3 days. Surely Tuesday afternoon is too late if she did the damage Friday night? I'm just so worried. They've given me pain killers and anti inflammatories and told me to keep her resting without jumping about or attempting to walk. The vet said that she's hoping that she's right and that there isn't any damage to her growth plate and that if she's missed anything in the xray then it'll be something such as tissue damage. I'm praying she doesn't need surgery but I'm concerned that there's been no improvement atall and it's now Sunday night. She'll happily lie on it, and bend it, but when it comes to standing and walking she just isn't putting any pressure on it atall. When she rests it on the floor she's also twisting it out a bit. It's not that she can't hold it straight, I know she can beacuse I've seen her do it and she can move her shoulder around fine, it just seems she's comfier having it that way. Is there a chance this could be tissue damage or is it likely the other vet is going to look at the xrays and immediately pick up on growth plate damage? Does anyone know how long the tissue damage can take to repair and will it need surgery if it's for ligaments? I live in the UK aswell so does any one have idea on costs? She's already cost a fortune and I'm scared I won't be able to afford an operation. What do I do then? If anyone has any advice, tips or ideas, as silly or as unsure as you may be, they're all welcome. I'm just so worried and want poor Bella to be better again, it's really upsetting me seeing her distressed in a cage and unable to jump about and play with our other dog as usual

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    Default Re: Urgent - tissue damage, growth plate fracture or something else?

    This sounds a lot like an ACL tear/rip... have the vet check for it and will not show in an xray. They can tell via stability tests and movement of the knee-cap.
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    Default Re: Urgent - tissue damage, growth plate fracture or something else?

    She had a feel around her shoulder and knee and paw, but didn't say any of this. To be honest she didn't seem very experienced so I'm not going to rely too much on what she has suggested it could be, I'm going to wait for the top vet to see her and be sure to request him for any future problems. If what you say is right, will she need surgery and how much will it cost? What will her recovery period be?
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    Default Re: Urgent - tissue damage, growth plate fracture or something else?

    Quote Originally Posted by sophie098567 View Post
    She had a feel around her shoulder and knee and paw, but didn't say any of this. To be honest she didn't seem very experienced so I'm not going to rely too much on what she has suggested it could be, I'm going to wait for the top vet to see her and be sure to request him for any future problems. If what you say is right, will she need surgery and how much will it cost? What will her recovery period be?
    If it is the ACL, yes surgery will be needed... here in the states it runs about $1200 and takes about 6 weeks for recovery. we went through two of these for our boy.
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    Ok thank you very much! Your picture is lovely, typical bullies Gorgeous. It's so good to have so many experienced bulldog owners in one place with so much advice to offer!
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    Default Re: Urgent - tissue damage, growth plate fracture or something else?

    Recovery is going to depend on what exactly has happened.

    Both my bullies have had xrays and never was I told that due to extra skin it is hard to read. Even in Dentistry, if a person is larger, we just turn up the machine and xrays are fine. I really think she was un-experianced and not able to read it. See what the top vet says, if he feels the xrays don't need to be redone, then you know that the are legible. Also ask him loads of questions, you want to feel out if the other vet did you right.

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    You are welcome.... more experience will be along soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bella'sMom View Post
    Recovery is going to depend on what exactly has happened.

    Both my bullies have had xrays and never was I told that due to extra skin it is hard to read. Even in Dentistry, if a person is larger, we just turn up the machine and xrays are fine. I really think she was un-experianced and not able to read it. See what the top vet says, if he feels the xrays don't need to be redone, then you know that the are legible. Also ask him loads of questions, you want to feel out if the other vet did you right.
    i will be sure to ask plenty of questions and will definitely request the top vet in the future! if she needs surgery will the 3-4 day wait cause any problems?
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    Default Re: Urgent - tissue damage, growth plate fracture or something else?

    If you don't like what the top vet tells you,I think I would see another vet. Is your vet a bully vet? If not, find one and hope you have one in your area.
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    Default Re: Urgent - tissue damage, growth plate fracture or something else?

    For your ease of mind I would just keep Bella as still as you possibly can ... carry her everywhere if necessary until Tuesday comes along and you can get a more experienced opinion. I too have never heard of an x-ray being unreadable because of "extra skin"???!!!

    I hope it is nothing that rest and anti-inflammatories can't put right!!! Please do let us know what happens ... we worry about other peoples bulldogs on here as much as we do our own!!!!!

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    Default Re: Urgent - tissue damage, growth plate fracture or something else?

    Keep her calm, and yourself, less stress the better, I feel bad for both of you. I agree with what everyone has added, It's a shame you went to a vet and didn't get the help you needed . never heard of x-rays not showing up because of skin, that's bull You have another day to go, keep us posted. In the meantime, coming your way
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    Default Re: Urgent - tissue damage, growth plate fracture or something else?

    I'm sorry..I've no wise advice for you like these other great people. But I want you to know her resting as much as possible is very important. And being in a crate will certainly help. So glad you came here and are ready to ask the right things and demand the best for sweet Bella. Let us know!

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