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Lily is a 6 1/2 year old, 61 lb Yellow Lab/Carolina Dog mix.

Several months ago, I noticed she was limping after getting up from laying down for awhile. It would clear up after a few minutes of moving around. I restricted her movement and watched her for a few weeks. When it didn't inprove, I took her to my awesome vet.

She examined her and took x-rays. Lily was showing very mild dysplasia and some arthritis. She also showed lower bone density than my vet would have liked. A thyroid test also showed her values were off. My vet said the thyroid problem could explain the poor bone density, and could also acccount for increased arthritis pain.

By that time, I'd also noticed when she stood on all 4 legs, she carried significantly less weight on her right rear leg, and held it slightly kicked out. My vet said she might have a joint problem, or just soft tissue damage, and we'd monitor it.

She put Lily on Thyrosin for the thyroid problem, and Pet-Cal calcium supplement for the bone density. She gave her Joint Support Plus as a supplement for her joint health, and Previcox for inflamation and pain.

After several weeks on that regimen, with her daily walk limited to 1/2 mile per day at a very slow pace, she didn't show a significant improvement, so my Vet added Tramidol for the pain, and we began a twice-weekly, 8-shot Adequan regimen, and further limited her movement. She's been up and down since, but mostly up, especially in the past week.

Yesterday, just after getting home from her last Adequan shot, I let her out into the back yard. She saw a cat in the side yard, and started picking up steam. As she got to the bottom step, she took a sharp left, yelped loudly, and immediately quit putting any weight at all on her right rear leg. She's in quite a bit of pain.

My vet checked her out and said her knee is blown out. My vet said she's not comfortable doing the surgery on a big, active dog like mine, so she referred me to another vet, who she said is the best in the area. I trust my vet completely.

I just got off the phone with the other vet's office. He can't get her in till Tuesday. I was speaking to a receptionist, not the vet, and was surprised when she asked me if I wanted to have the TPLO procedure done, even before the vet examined my dog. I'd never heard of it before, and asked her questions about it. She was very enthusiastic about it, but offered very little detail, several times suggesting I "look it up" if I want to know more. It just felt like an upsell.

I Googled TPLO, and most of what I found was positive. There were a few well-written negative things, though, so I'm concerned.

Lily is my baby, so cost isn't an issue. My only interest is what will be best for her, both now, and in the future.

Can anyone share their experiences with this?

Thanks
 

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Lily is a 6 1/2 year old, 61 lb Yellow Lab/Carolina Dog mix.

Several months ago, I noticed she was limping after getting up from laying down for awhile. It would clear up after a few minutes of moving around. I restricted her movement and watched her for a few weeks. When it didn't inprove, I took her to my awesome vet.

She examined her and took x-rays. Lily was showing very mild dysplasia and some arthritis. She also showed lower bone density than my vet would have liked. A thyroid test also showed her values were off. My vet said the thyroid problem could explain the poor bone density, and could also acccount for increased arthritis pain.

By that time, I'd also noticed when she stood on all 4 legs, she carried significantly less weight on her right rear leg, and held it slightly kicked out. My vet said she might have a joint problem, or just soft tissue damage, and we'd monitor it.

She put Lily on Thyrosin for the thyroid problem, and Pet-Cal calcium supplement for the bone density. She gave her Joint Support Plus as a supplement for her joint health, and Previcox for inflamation and pain.

After several weeks on that regimen, with her daily walk limited to 1/2 mile per day at a very slow pace, she didn't show a significant improvement, so my Vet added Tramidol for the pain, and we began a twice-weekly, 8-shot Adequan regimen, and further limited her movement. She's been up and down since, but mostly up, especially in the past week.

Yesterday, just after getting home from her last Adequan shot, I let her out into the back yard. She saw a cat in the side yard, and started picking up steam. As she got to the bottom step, she took a sharp left, yelped loudly, and immediately quit putting any weight at all on her right rear leg. She's in quite a bit of pain.

My vet checked her out and said her knee is blown out. My vet said she's not comfortable doing the surgery on a big, active dog like mine, so she referred me to another vet, who she said is the best in the area. I trust my vet completely.

I just got off the phone with the other vet's office. He can't get her in till Tuesday. I was speaking to a receptionist, not the vet, and was surprised when she asked me if I wanted to have the TPLO procedure done, even before the vet examined my dog. I'd never heard of it before, and asked her questions about it. She was very enthusiastic about it, but offered very little detail, several times suggesting I "look it up" if I want to know more. It just felt like an upsell.

I Googled TPLO, and most of what I found was positive. There were a few well-written negative things, though, so I'm concerned.

Lily is my baby, so cost isn't an issue. My only interest is what will be best for her, both now, and in the future.

Can anyone share their experiences with this?

Thanks
My Boxer (he passed away at age 12 a couple years ago) had one at age 3.5 and on the other leg at age 5. He was our first pup in 30 years and we wore him out playing frisbee -- that and the fact we bought him out of a van at a Carls' Jr (we loved that dog).
The surgery was a life saver for him. He camped and hiked and played fetch (very high play drive that dog) to the end of his days. He did end up with some arthritis in the those joints the last couple of years but nothing too bad (and like he wouldnt have had that anyways considering he blew out both knees)....
It was expensive. But worth it.
That was our experience.
 

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My Chinese Shar-Pei Tucker blew out his cruciate ligament in his left leg at age 3. I believe it happened when he was off leash running and slipped on some ice.

Cost was a big factor for me (as I was a student at the time) so I researched a lot of different options. However, after meeting with the orthopedic specialist at The Animal Medical Center of New England, I decided that the TPLO surgery would be Tucker's best bet at an active future.

The after care was difficult because of the extreme restrictions placed on him. Also it was made quite clear that he would most likely need another surgery on the right leg.

Very expensive but worth it. Tucker lived to be 6 (he died from kidney failure due to a genetic disorder) and he never limped again. Find a reputable and referred specialist. Dont be shy to ask all the questions you can (I made a list and had the Specialist bust out the models to SHOW me what he was going to be doing). And dont be afraid to travel if thats what it takes to find a good doctor. I dont know, but if a receptionist asked me if I wanted my dog to have surgery before he was even evaluated and then told me to google it.... I'd be looking elsewhere.
 

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I've been doing further research.

Again, my vet, whom I asolutely trust, told me this guy is the best in the state.

Tonight at work, I spoke with two vets who are customers of mine, both of whom I know are very good vets, told me they would recommend the TPLO, that they don't do it, and both recommended this guy without knowing that I was already scheduled with him.

I asked them both, seperately, who they would go to if it was their dog, and both said this guy. One of them told me he couldn't stand the guy personally, but that he was hands-down the best available.

The cost is higher than I thought (2,900.00), but cost isn't the issue. I'm going to call the state veterinary association tomorrow to see about complaints on this guy.
 

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I've been doing further research.

Again, my vet, whom I asolutely trust, told me this guy is the best in the state.

Tonight at work, I spoke with two vets who are customers of mine, both of whom I know are very good vets, told me they would recommend the TPLO, that they don't do it, and both recommended this guy without knowing that I was already scheduled with him.

I asked them both, seperately, who they would go to if it was their dog, and both said this guy. One of them told me he couldn't stand the guy personally, but that he was hands-down the best available.

The cost is higher than I thought (2,900.00), but cost isn't the issue. I'm going to call the state veterinary association tomorrow to see about complaints on this guy.
If you dont find any compliants (and maybe even if you do depending on what they are-- I work health care and can tell you it is impossible to please everyone all the time).. I would trust your Vet and go with it! It is their line of work and they should know who to go to in the industry......
 
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