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    @lexterwayne How's Lex? I know you said you were meeting with the specialist on the 11th, any updates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TessaAndSamson View Post
    @lexterwayne How's Lex? I know you said you were meeting with the specialist on the 11th, any updates?
    sorry guys i usually get on tapatalk and it doesnt show and mentions

    well i called the vet on the 11th and the specialist ended up doing 2 knee surgeries instead of one on a dog and he was running for an appointment about a hr away so he didnt get a chance to look at them. They asked me if i wanted them to send off to radiology and for a 2nd opinion so we did. Vet called me 2 days ago and told me that he sent the x-rays to a specialist in dallas. the specialist also said lex didnt have any hips and of course he couldnt tell about his knees cause he would have to see him in person to plapate is knees, which i totally understand. the specialist in dallas said that if he did the surgery he would not do the tplo that he would do whats called extra capsular surgery, and the healing time isnt so extensive like the tplo but its at least 3 months each knee. he would not want to do the tplo surgery due to his hips and dont want him putting all his weight on one side with no hips and a bad knee. Which Jeff and I have talked alot about this as well and we feel doing surgery is going to be a very rough recovery for him and dont want to put him through that. if it was one knee i think it would be different since he would at least have a good knee to stand on.

    so what we are going to do is limit his play, trying to get him to lose his last 5 lbs is a pain!!! and we have him one pain meds which is vetprohen once a day and tramadol 3 times a day. so far everything is going well we have been having good and bad days. i made a little heat pad for him and at night we apply heat to his hips and knee's and he just falls right to sleep
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    @lexterwayne this sounds exactly like what my puppy Katara is experiencing, they told me it was luxating patella, but it might be a torn acl since the way she walks sounds exactly like you described in your first post. I need to find a orthopedic specialist in this area to rule out torn ligaments. I will be following this thread closely, I hope Lex has many more good days than bad..

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    Quote Originally Posted by acarabias View Post
    @lexterwayne this sounds exactly like what my puppy Katara is experiencing, they told me it was luxating patella, but it might be a torn acl since the way she walks sounds exactly like you described in your first post. I need to find a orthopedic specialist in this area to rule out torn ligaments. I will be following this thread closely, I hope Lex has many more good days than bad..
    I posted a video a few months ago when it was so bad he couldn't even walk straight or 3 feet before sitting. I can't Remeber the subject of post. I'm on tapatalk now and will try and get on this weekend and find it for u. But if u go to post I've posted u might find it pretty easy. It's a very sad video :'(
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    Wishing the best for you and Lex.
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    @lexterwayne - Hi, I'm Sherri and I'm fairly new around here. I'm so sorry for what you're going through. Our Oliver just had surgery this past Monday for a torn ACL and it's been a challenge. I can only imagine how hard it is with having two torn ACLs. Poor Lex! Are you completely ruling out surgery? I am sure the doctor told you that without it, scar tissue will develop and will most likely lead to severe arthritis. Hugs to you and Lex!

    And I TOTALLY don't mean to high-jack this thread but have no clue how to send a private message yet...ha!
    @sheshistory - Hi! I saw all of the great info you gave @lexterwayne on this thread and I was wondering if I could ask you for your opinion on physical therapy after surgery? Oliver had TTA (I believe you said your dog had the TPLO) - we have a fantastic friend that owns a canine rehab center. The hospital where Oliver had his surgery doesn't feel therapy is a necessity and doesn't endorse anything. The only opinion they gave me was to wait until after his 6 week check-up. Our personal vet (who normally gives her opinion to us on everything, is hesitant to say much except for us to do what the surgeon recommends.) Here is my dilemma: Our friend with the doggie rehab says that she begins GENTLE therapy at 2 weeks after surgery. She does cold laser, massage and GENTLE ROM. Never having been through this with our previous bulldog, we are so unsure as to when to start therapy. From my research, I know that the cold laser and normal massage can't really hurt him. My opinion (as well as our physical therapist) is that some gentle rehab early-on will help him feel confident in learning to bear weight again as well as help prevent any bad limping habits. Still, when the surgeon says to wait, I second-guess the therapist. Any advice from personal experience? A million thanks in advance for ANY input!
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    I hope everything goes well for Lex.

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    Hi @AdventuresWithOliver - in my experience with Bentley, we did not do physical therapy for the simple reason that much of the "therapy" is stuff we could do on our own or the animal will do itself. We definitely used light massage and heating pads on Bentley's incision after surgery to help reduce swelling and bruising as well as help keep the muscles loose but since dogs are not like human, it seemed to me (and our orthopedic surgeon) that they tend not to need PT. They are not afraid to get moving on their legs as soon as they feel better so they don't really need to be pressed or have their limbs manipulated the way humans do since we tend to fear pain. Remember, it takes most humans 8-12 months to recover fully from a torn ACL. Our canine friends take around 8 weeks!

    That said, it doesn't sound to me like there is a reason to not help your bully along with some therapy as long as you're confident the therapist fully understands the nature of the surgery and the anatomy of the bulldog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheshistory View Post
    That said, it doesn't sound to me like there is a reason to not help your bully along with some therapy as long as you're confident the therapist fully understands the nature of the surgery and the anatomy of the bulldog.
    Thank you so much for the reply. We just want to do whatever we can to help Oliver in his recovery. Whew, this first week has been a bit stressful but with each day that passes, we're one day closer to the end. Ha!
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    Yes we are aware of everything but we think that it best and so does our vet and the specialist and 2 close friends and a very knowledgeable bully owner that thinks the same way. It's just gonna be to hard on him to walk on a bad hip and bad knee for 3 plus months then after one is healed gonna have to put weight on the new knee and bad hip for another 3 plus months. He is our baby and it hurts that we can't just fix this for him. Every time I look at him I just wanna bust out crying that he's having to go through this. He had learned he can play laying down and the rest we just cuddle on the couch w him and love on him as much as possible.
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    @lexterwayne - Have the vets ever mentioned Conservative Management on treating Lex's knees? Are his ACL's completely torn or just slightly? Punkin's right hind knee has a small tear (going to verify the severity with an ortho vet next week), and my regular holistic vet mentioned treating it conservatively if the ortho vet gives the thumbs up on it. I did a little research online, and found a lot of info. Some dogs had completely torn ACLs (some with hip displasia) and others not so disabled. Basically, this is where owners opt not to do surgery and instead give supplements/meds along with physical therapy. It's best if you have a pool so Lex can move his legs around with minimal impact on his joints. This way, he'll strengthen his muscles and movement. It takes a lot of dedication on the owner's part, but after at least 3 months or so, a lot of dogs are completely healed. I'm thinking you can try this on Lex, and then when his knees are strengthened, then he can get hip surgery. (Unsure if conservative therapy will heal his hips.) And there's also a homeopathy route. I'm a complete rookie at these so I'm collaborating with my natural rearing group if it's the same as the conservative management way or not. I'm going to do a lot of research and talk to the group, the ortho vet and my holistic vet about everything, including the supplement. I'll let you know what they say. Anything to help our pups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by savemejeebus View Post
    @lexterwayne - Have the vets ever mentioned Conservative Management on treating Lex's knees? Are his ACL's completely torn or just slightly? Punkin's right hind knee has a small tear (going to verify the severity with an ortho vet next week), and my regular holistic vet mentioned treating it conservatively if the ortho vet gives the thumbs up on it. I did a little research online, and found a lot of info. Some dogs had completely torn ACLs (some with hip displasia) and others not so disabled. Basically, this is where owners opt not to do surgery and instead give supplements/meds along with physical therapy. It's best if you have a pool so Lex can move his legs around with minimal impact on his joints. This way, he'll strengthen his muscles and movement. It takes a lot of dedication on the owner's part, but after at least 3 months or so, a lot of dogs are completely healed. I'm thinking you can try this on Lex, and then when his knees are strengthened, then he can get hip surgery. (Unsure if conservative therapy will heal his hips.) And there's also a homeopathy route. I'm a complete rookie at these so I'm collaborating with my natural rearing group if it's the same as the conservative management way or not. I'm going to do a lot of research and talk to the group, the ortho vet and my holistic vet about everything, including the supplement. I'll let you know what they say. Anything to help our pups.
    I read that too. Right now we are doing the 6 weeks of minimum play. They say it works w dogs 30 lbs or less but hey they don't carry all their weight on the back.. We have thought about the pool things just haven't decided yet
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