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    oh man, I'm sorry. I hope he can heal up and not have to go through that, I'm REALLY happy you took him in.

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    Yes me too Carol. As I stated he hasn't ruled further damage out yet but there wasn't much movement in the joint. The knee cap though was obvious he could move it around and compared it with Ace's right rear leg as well to make sure it wasn't just a peculiarity with Ace. The other kneecap was normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural mystic View Post
    Ok I took Ace in to see the Vet this afternoon. Ace definitely has a torn kneecap. The Vet could not rule out acl tear. He said that there wasn't much movement but Ace's thigh is so thick and sometimes they tense up so the Vet said he would need to sedate to make a more thorough exam. I was ready to go ahead but he said he might also need to do an x-ray at the same time and would prefer to do that while the dog was sedated as well and his machine is down until tomorrow. He put Ace on carprofen 75 mg twice a day and has rescheduled for next week unless we need to go in before then. He will sedate then and do a more thorough exam. He said that Ace could heal from a torn kneecap on his own without surgery if he recovers properly and doesn't have recurrent problems with it. He said that when the kneecap tears then it compromises the ligaments in the knee so he wants to do a more thorough exam after Ace has been on the medication a few days.

    Damn, min, I was hoping that would not be the case. Good luck with him , so hope the meds work and he will not need surgery.
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    Good luck and I hope the meds work. About a month or so ago Raven slipped on the steps, she is like a beast running around the house. She had some lameness in the left back leg and when I took her to the vet the little heffalump walked around like she was fine. On the way out she finally stopped pretending to be ok and the vet saw the limp. He put her on some pain meds and total bed rest for a few days and all was well. Sorry this wasn't the case for you. I had high hopes when I first started reading the thread. It's really hard to keep a bully still. Sending prayers that with some rest it can heal so you can avoid surgery.
    Always in my heart and never far from my thoughts. See you at the rainbow bridge my sweet little Monkey. R.I.P. Raven.

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    Maximus has the same problem with the same leg ---- I took him to the VET and he had to be referred to an Orthopedic specialist. Unfortunately, Maximus tore his ACL and requires surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus View Post
    Maximus has the same problem with the same leg ---- I took him to the VET and he had to be referred to an Orthopedic specialist. Unfortunately, Maximus tore his ACL and requires surgery.
    Surgery hasn't been ruled out yet for Ace, I hope it doesn't come to that but the Vet wants to check his leg under sedation in a few days after Ace has been on a NSAID in the interim. I have had some that suggested that I not opt for surgery regardless the diagnosis and go the conservative treatment route. I am still weighing the pros and cons and it may be a moot point depending on a more definite diagnosis.

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    It's been a week since initial visit to the Vet with this injury. The vet wanted to do a reexamine under sedation but was waiting for a few days on the medication [carprofen] and his xray machine was down. I called a few days ago and the xray machine is still not up though they have had a tech by each day but as of yet its not fixed. They said they had me down to call as soon as the machine was ready. I haven't given any more carprofen to Ace since yesterday, he usually eats like a horse and was still doing so after the injury but a few days after medication and he has just about quit eating. Also his face has become a mess with tear staining and scratching so much its almost raw. I attribute it to the medication as nothing else has changed. His shedding is worse and coat is more brittle and his stools are darker as well, so all in all I suspect the medication and ceased giving it. The medication didn't appear to be doing that much for him anyway, he doesn't favor or limp any worse with or without the medication. In the meantime I have become a bit obsessed by all this, scouring the internet for some magic elixir or help. There is none. I have become much more knowledgeable about this condition than I ever wanted to be.

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    Tim, my dear friend, this just hurts reading it. I shall increase my prayers
    for Ace and hoping they get that danged machine up & running! Can they
    give a different med and also, can they not refer you to another clinic to
    get the x-rays done and then have your vet read them?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post
    Tim, my dear friend, this just hurts reading it. I shall increase my prayers
    for Ace and hoping they get that danged machine up & running! Can they
    give a different med and also, can they not refer you to another clinic to
    get the x-rays done and then have your vet read them?
    I haven't considered another clinic doing the x-rays until you suggested it but I don't think they would mind. I will call them again before I have to go back to work if I haven't heard from them before then that the machine is up and running. Thanks for the concern and reply. I could hardly begin with how much this dang dog means to me. I had/have all these ideas and emotions of this dog being the dog of my retirement years even to the point of thinking perhaps he could out live me but one never knows. That's why I decided to go ahead and get my dog before I retired because no one knows the day or the hour. I have put so much energy, time and devotion into Ace more so than I have shared in this forum and I don't regret it. I give him everything I've got. Getting home after 12 hour days and tending to my dogs before all else and letting things I need to do for myself slide. Perhaps I became a bit obsessed, actually I know I have but its sort of the way I do things, all in or all out. No regrets. I will keep on keeping on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural mystic View Post
    I haven't considered another clinic doing the x-rays until you suggested it but I don't think they would mind. I will call them again before I have to go back to work if I haven't heard from them before then that the machine is up and running. Thanks for the concern and reply. I could hardly begin with how much this dang dog means to me. I had/have all these ideas and emotions of this dog being the dog of my retirement years even to the point of thinking perhaps he could out live me but one never knows. That's why I decided to go ahead and get my dog before I retired because no one knows the day or the hour. I have put so much energy, time and devotion into Ace more so than I have shared in this forum and I don't regret it. I give him everything I've got. Getting home after 12 hour days and tending to my dogs before all else and letting things I need to do for myself slide. Perhaps I became a bit obsessed, actually I know I have but its sort of the way I do things, all in or all out. No regrets. I will keep on keeping on.
    We can read between the lines, Tim. Trust me on this, we know how much you live
    for Ace and love him before all else...we know. I love EBN members because it's the
    same with all of us and these animals, total, unconditional, devoted, crazed, 1000%
    LOVE. Understood, accepted and couldn't be in other way for any of us.

    So...when our babies are hurt, ill, injured or god forbid, we lose one...total devastation.

    We are with you and behind you, Tim & Ace, praying over your situation. Not just me but
    so many here, hoping you gather strength & encouragement knowing we know what you
    are feeling for your Ace. GOD bless your efforts & guide your Vets on Ace's behalf.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post
    Tim, my dear friend, this just hurts reading it. I shall increase my prayers
    for Ace and hoping they get that danged machine up & running! Can they
    give a different med and also, can they not refer you to another clinic to
    get the x-rays done and then have your vet read them?
    i agree with Carol, get to another clinic and see what other options their might be
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    Tim,
    Carol has said it well, as always.
    You did the right thing, as none of us know if we have "tomorrows". We all pray that you can get answers for your boy-and that all turns out well. Praying for Ace-and you.
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