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    Default She's at the vet right now :( possible surgery needed for torn ACL

    I had to drop my baby off at the vet this morning for X-Rays. It has been 5 weeks now since she hurted her right back leg playing with my neighbor's dog. Never thought something so small would become such a big issue.

    We restricted her play time to the max that a bulldog allow us.... keeping her in the crate most of the day and not letting her run, jump or get too much excited. Today I decided to bring her to the vet for Xrays and get an idea of how much of a tear it is on the ligament. I read all about conservative management... different types of surgery.... recovery period.... therapy.... and I am a bit upset with what may lie ahead of us. Izzy is only 1 1/2 year old... still a baby and has tons of energy... it breaks my hurt to restrict her exercise and play time without having a recovery plan established for her.

    Anybody here has any experience with the surgeries recommended for ACL? How was the recovery time? Does anybody opted for the conservative management instead? Did it work? Should I buy her braces? HELPPPP!!!!

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    Default Re: She's at the vet right now :( possible surgery needed for torn ACL

    Oh Michelle, I'm so sorry to hear about your baby… I have NO experience w/ACL surgeries, but I will tag some people to give you some advice… @desertskybulldogs, @2BullyMama, @Davidh

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    Default Re: She's at the vet right now :( possible surgery needed for torn ACL

    I don't know anything about ACL surgery, but we had a bully we rescued once and he had a luxating patella, and needed surgery. After the surgery we had to keep him crated most of the time and had to walk him several times a day and also work his knee joint and ice it several times a day. I would say just follow the vets recommendation as to what to do with her. Hope everything works out for her.
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    Default She's at the vet right now :( possible surgery needed for torn ACL

    I have never had this happen either, but @sheshistory and @JeannieCO have had it done, I hope you get some news from the X-rays.
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    Default Re: She's at the vet right now :( possible surgery needed for torn ACL

    Just offering my support here! Poor girl..hope whatever you choose works out well for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    I have never had this happen either, but @sheshistory and @JeannieCO have had it done, I hope you get some news from the X-rays.
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    Sorry guys, I wasn't sure who had experience with this before!


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    Sending love and prayers for a quick recovery
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    Sorry guys, I wasn't sure who had experience with this before!


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    Default Re: She's at the vet right now :( possible surgery needed for torn ACL

    My first bully had both ACLs replaced - one at 10 months and one at 18 months. It's a super common injury in many breeds of dogs, including bulldogs. We opted for TLPO surgery. It was fairly invasive but it lasts a lifetime. While the surgery was difficult for us, Bentley did really well and walked and ran without a problem until he passed. I know it really stinks but the prognosis is very good. And, unfortunately, pretty expensive.

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    Default Re: She's at the vet right now :( possible surgery needed for torn ACL

    Yes, I have experience with this -- Nitshcke had his done twice. First was a repair and second a replace. We opted to repair the first time as the tear was not all that great, but 6 months later it tore again and we had to go with the replacement. So, in hindsight we know we should have done the replacement to begin with ... Nitshcke was 4 at the time everything took place, he was very active and loved to play rough with bigger breeds and was at daycare a few times a week (I worked there and he tagged along).

    Recovery is the tougher part, no walks, leashed potty only, no stairs, no running or jumping. What we did with the second surgery, took no chances for any issue to happen, was removed all furniture from a bedroom and placed a mattress on the floor with lots of pillows and blankets. We placed a baby gate at the doorway and it became his living space for 6 weeks. He could see his sister, but she was very limited to her time in ther with him, kept them seperated if we were not in the room with them. We also took turns sleeping in there with him and we carried him up and down the stairs for potty breaks.... everything else took place in that room.

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    Default Re: She's at the vet right now :( possible surgery needed for torn ACL

    So sorry i cant add anything to the topic ,just wanted to wish your baby a speedy recovery
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    Default Re: She's at the vet right now :( possible surgery needed for torn ACL

    Thanks for sharing your story. We will opt for the repair at this point with hopes that we won't need to replace in the near future and put her through another surgery... such a hard decision to make

    Her surgery is schedule for Monday December 23rd....

    Quote Originally Posted by sheshistory View Post
    My first bully had both ACLs replaced - one at 10 months and one at 18 months. It's a super common injury in many breeds of dogs, including bulldogs. We opted for TLPO surgery. It was fairly invasive but it lasts a lifetime. While the surgery was difficult for us, Bentley did really well and walked and ran without a problem until he passed. I know it really stinks but the prognosis is very good. And, unfortunately, pretty expensive.

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