Best of luck.... and you are right - when it is a great vet and they are experienced with bullies... the drive is nothing. Our regular vet is 45 mins one way without traffic ... would not even think of changing unless he retired,which since he is young won't be anytime soon
There is a part of your heart not alive until a bulldog has entered your life.
Nitschke (2004-2011) and Banks (2005-2014) -- My angels
Thank you for all the love, fun and teachings
Keep us updated, I'm really interested to hear what Dr. Kramer says about the x-rays!
"Looking at a bulldog is said to cure the worse of the blues, living with one, serves to prevent them!" -Author unknown
@cali~jenn - I am on vacation as you can probably tell from FB but if you have any questions let me know!
The one thing that I'm gathering from your posts is that the vet is considering doing a surgery that ties the ACL back into place as opposed to reshaping the joint and eliminating the need for the ACL (TPLO surgery)? If that's the case (which I'm not sure it is), please be aware that the surgery that ties the ACL back into place is something of a temporary fix and can be reinjured and need more surgery - AND it is not ideal for heavier dogs! The TPLO is a bit more expensive but it does last a lifetime. Just something to consider when you go for the second opinion!
I'm sorry you have to go through this but please let me know if you have any questions! I'll make sure to check!
xoxox to Cutty!
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
Bentley (5.24.04 - 6.26.10) & Linus (1.10.06 - 7.31.13)
sheshistory for your help. Lmao I totally almost put jillh in there, how long has it been since you had that name?!?! omg.
Hi @cali~jenn - I'm new around here and just saw your post. My Oliver is having his ACL surgery this coming Monday, 5/21. This is the first time we're dealing with a surgery of this nature (our first bully never had surgery aside from spaying), so we're a little nervous. We've been researching as much as we can about recovery and are planning for a LONG summer. I will definitely post about what we experience after surgery; maybe it will be helpful to you or someone else. Also, we were shocked also - Oliver isn't even limping anymore. He did at first and at that point, the vet felt some inflammation. After it not going away, we were sent to an orthopedic surgeon who determined his ACL is torn. It's crazy to see him walking normally yet knowing his ACL is torn. But they are stubborn so maybe they just refuse to limp.
Good luck going forward with Cutty's surgery and recovery!
Life is always an Adventure with Oliver!
Poor Cutty and Oliver! I'm so sorry you guys are having to go through this!
I don't have any experience with this in pups, but I tore my own ACL. I know, not exactly the same thing! But I wanted to share that after the initial pain from my injury and once the scar tissue built up, I ditched the crutches and was walking semi-normally without much pain, just some discomfort, for about two months until I had surgery. So I'm not surprised your boys are acting normal too, and they probably aren't feeling too bad either. Although Bullies are pretty tough guys, so I'm sure they are handling it all better than I was!
Good luck with the upcoming surgeries!!! I'll be following your posts and cheering on my ACL buddies!
Oliver is having TTA surgery. We discussed TPLO with the surgeon as well, but I have to say, he scared us a bit. He said the TPLO can be better in the long run for stout breeds like bulldogs, but told us that if Oliver takes one misstep during recovery, he can break his leg. My husband and I were so confused about what the right decision would be so we spoke to our regular vet again and she agreed the TTA would be best for Oliver. And yup, the scar tissue can form rather quickly which is deceptive to those of us scratching our heads and saying, "But my dog isn't even limping!" We were told the scar tissue would cause severe arthritis by the time Oliver turned 4 and we don't want that! The "best quality of Life" is our mantra so surgery is the answer. How old is Cutty? Oliver is just a year and a half but luckily, he is a SUPER mellow puppy so I think that will be to our advantage during recovery. Also, are you going to do any sort of physical therapy after surgery? Some surgeons recommend it; ours didn't say it was necessary - but we opted to do it. (a friend of ours owns a canine physical therapy rehab practice so we lucked out there!)
I'll definitely post more after his surgery on Monday. Sending hugs your way and big kisses & well wishes to Cutty.
Life is always an Adventure with Oliver!
Sending love and luck to you and Oliver!