Hello and welcome to Skye. Such a sweet hungarian Visla. She is super nervous too. Luckily we could put her at ease enough for our treatment programe. This one was pretty intence.
She managed to rupture her cruciate ligament. Very sad at 10 years old. But she is so fit and healthy so she had that on her side. We all explained the difficulty of having a dog over 15 kg doing conservetive management, but due to her age, her mum and dad wanted to try this.
We were so proud to say, that she was doing incredible well. By week 6 she was looking almost sound and was rebuilding her excercise appropriatly. She was on an ultrasound regime.
However as she got better, she got excited and happy and had a moment that set her back.
We had a frank conversation and she went back to the vets. The vet was super impressed because actually, she had found the cruciate ligamnet was now doing really well. So we had delt with the issue she had been referred for. But there was now a new issue. The vet felt there was some unusual bone growth and so she was referred for further investigation.
We also await the results. But well done mum, dad and Skye. You all did a great job and we hope this bone growth is not too serious.
Hello and welcome to Baloo. Such a sweet labrador. He is a biggun!
Sadly he ruptured his cruciate ligament. His mum decided to opt for conservative management. This is very difficult in any dog over 15kg, but as he was not totally lame and had improved by himself over a week, we thought it was well worth a try.
We set mum up with a home regime of muscle building and confidence building. We used ultrasound as its the best modality for ligament repair.
So far Baloo is doing wonderfully. It is likely he will have limitations as its likely he has arthritis in the joint. This can start to occure within just 3 days of a cruciate rupture so is fairly unavoidable. But he is now very comfortable and we will keep making adjustments to his program as he progresses.
Keep up thr good work mum and Baloo!
Hello and welcome to Jack. Such a sweet man. He is also great proof of how well a patient can relax in our chilled, homely environment. He is a rescue and has clearly had a difficult past, so the vets sent a care warning with his referral. Well, we have never seen anything other than sir-lick-alot!
He was referred for hind limb lameness. The vet was never totally convinced it was not a grumbling cruciate. Sometimes disease just isnt easy to clearly define, so a new set of eyes can really help.
On exam, we could see he was leaning off the limb and it was sore. We had our susptions that the issue was also in the hock and it was arthritis. These things can and do, occur in multiple joints.
So we set him up with a pain relief program, and some muscle building. We gradually rebuilt the excercise. However, we are also being mindful of his age and arthritis. We like a good life balance, and so like to promote a happy dog mentally and physically. So we don't restrict them completly but we do educate for the reasons why its worth making adjustments to the daily walk regime.
Jack is doing fantasically well and will remain well for a long time, but we are monitoring him and keeping his care plan up to date with his evolving needs.
Keep up the good work Jack and dad!
Hello and welcome to Charlie. A dear little thing. He has been through the works as he ruptured both his cruciate ligaments in the past. But both have healed seemingly well and he was back to full normal life.
But more rescently he has shown lameness. This is potentially quite a complicated case. On exam we saw he had muscle wastage which suggests the issue has been there for some time. But he was also severly licking a patch of skin. This had rendeed this very sore, weepy and uncomfortable. This was on the same limb. This rang some mild alarm bells so mum was sent back to vet to get this treated. Sometimes a secondary issue can make the pain of the first seem so much worse.
So the skin was seen and treated and this improved immensily, so we could now concentrate on the limb. We know that cruciate rupture increases the liklihood of arthritis. A study showed us that in a joint with full rupture, the signs of arthritis can be seen within just 3 days! With odds like that it is easy to see how important fast stabalisation of the joint is.
So there is a strong chance we are working with another arthritis case here. Its important we treat every case individually as no case is ever the same.
We have done treatments and set mum up with a home regime. He is making good progress.
Keep up the good work mum and Charlie!
Hello and welcome to Coco. A very excited and very sweet Springer spaniel.
His cruciate ligament ruptured and he went for surgery very quickly and it was a massive success. However, further down the line some issues started to appear. This can happen as the cruciate ligamnet rupturing has a big impact in the body. So you think everything has all been dealt with and then lameness appears.
Common issues are the cruciate in the other knee rupturing and arthritis starting in the ruptured knee even when surgery has gone well.
So we did our assessment and set up a treatment plan. Coco is doing really well already.
Well done mum, dad and Coco. Keep up the good work!
Hello and welcome to Hendrix. This very sweet pomeranian is very old. He has developed criciate disease. This can be more common when old as your muscle reduces and so there is less support for the joints.
As a small dog they do recover easier and are less lilely to require surgery. So Hendrix came for conservative management.
We did our assessment and set him and mum up with a home regime.
He had been making good progress prior to seeing us so we were confident the outcome would be favorable.
We are pleased to say Hendrix has already made a full recovery. Well done Hendrix and mum!
Hello and welcome to Ricky. Such a sweet Chihuahua!
Sadly they can commonly have knee problems and this one got hit with two of them. He had both a luxating patella and degenerated cruciate ligament.
He had a TTT which is a surgical correction to fix both at the same time. It went very well, and physio was the next step for the rehabillitation phase.
We set Ricky up with a home regime. He is doing really well and we look forward to getting him back to full health and function soon.
Keep up the good work mum and Ricky!
Hello and welcome to Maverick. Such a sweet little bean. This little angel had more than his fair share of anaesthetics. He has been a long sufferer of corns in his pads and had heart surgery. Then to top it all off he ruptured his cruciate ligament in his knee.
She had surgery and it went really well and he is now having physiotherapy. There has been significant muscle loss as the physio was not started until several weeks post operativly, but its totally fine as we can still sort it all out. We have started Maverick in a plan to get the muscle rebuilt gently but swiftly. He has got started on his return to work excercise program and he is doing wonderfully. We'll have him fighting fit in no time.
Keep up the good work mum and Maverick.
Hello and welcome to Katie. Such a beautiful labrador.
She is young and silly and managed to rupture her cruciate ligament in her knee.
Mum was well experianced with this and got her straight to the referral specialist. He did his procedure to fix it. She has turned out to be one of the best recoveries we have ever seen!
She is using the limb so well. Our biggest challange is keeping her calm whilst the bone has time to recover fully.
We have set her muscle building program up and kept it gentle but progressive.
Keep up the good work mum and Katie.
Hello and welcome to Heidi. She is a beautiful young pointer. She is only 17months old.
One day she was out having fun and then went very lame. After a trip to the vets and some Nsaid's she recovered quickly. The vet had warned her it may be a cruciate rupture. As she recovered so fast and well, mum didnt worry further.
But then a few months later it happened again. So this time mum decided she wanted to try physio to see if that would help.
So we have set her up with a home regime that will build muscle and encourage good use of the limb again.
But sadly its diffucult in dogs over 15kg if it is cruciate damage. So we are giving it a go, but mum is aware she may need to go back to the vet for furtger investigation if we dont get good results soon.
Keep up the good work mum and Heidi. Surgery is always scary, so its worth exploring all options before making your decisuon, if you have the luxury of time.