He never mentioned anything about using MRI technology at the orthopedic vet.
Bruno the Bulldog - Rest in peace old buddy.
July 1996 - December 2007
We just had our 3 year old Frog's ccl repaired yesterday in Knoxville by Dr. Mitch Rosenzweig at Animal Emergency Specialty Center. We were not sure on whether or not to do it as one of our Bullmastiffs had the same injury and he recovered fine without surgery. I still don't know if we did the right thing by doing the surgery with Frog or not, but Dr. Mitch believed it was the right thing to do......
I hope and pray that Frog will be all better
My 3 year old bully had both back legs done. The recuperation time is lengthy but it was defiantly worth it and she will never have any problems again. If yours has had only one ccl done the chance are she will need the other one done eventually that's what the vet told us and sure enough a year almost to the day the other one went.
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My two cents: I had a bully similar to you with the one leg lame leg. We waited but ended up having surgery. Your regular vet will probably just tie the ligament back together. This can stretch out and break again but the orthopedic surgeon will do a TPLO, which is more invasive, but reshapes the joint and will last a lifetime.
We ended up having the TPLO, on both knees, with great results.
According to our orthopedic surgeon, once one knee goes, the other has an 88% chance of going so you'll need to consider that and it might be best to fix the one leg now while the other is still functional, in the likely case it also becomes an issue.
"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)
Jewel has an appointment July 30th with a puppy orthopod. Under sedation, our vet performed the drawer test to see if the knee joint moved which was inconclusive (i.e. there was a little give). X-rays show a luxating patella. On a side note, while Jewel was at the vet for 6 hours, Bentley was roaming the house looking for Jewel everywhere. He was really out of his comfort zone. So please keep your fingers crossed for Jewel as well as Bentley. I will update the forum next week after Jewel's appointment.