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It turns out, what I thought had been an ongoing thing was a recent injury. Kidogo started limping on Wednesday night, so we brought him to the vet on Thursday and again on Friday for xrays and diagnosis. He has a partially ruptured cruciate ligament and because of that a meniscus injury. Honestly, I know very little of what that actually means. What I got from the vet is that a ligament in his knee is torn and it could be very serious.

She prescribed him some anti-inflammatory medication and has advised us to keep him as calm as quiet as possible, which, for a 5 month old puppy, is very hard. He has been given a lot of chew toys, but is uninterested in training (unusual for him).

The vet has referred his case to the local ortho specialist, and we're waiting to hear back from him on Monday. After getting his anti-inflammatory meds he puts more weight on his left leg, but come night time we noticed him starting to pick it back up again. Our vet says this usually happens in older dogs and surgery can fix it, but because he is a puppy, and still growing, he might not be eligible for surgery.

Has anyone had this happen to their pup? What was your experience with it like?

Any suggestions on how to keep him calm and quiet?


Poor sleepy pup. ):
 

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Yup been there done that, twice-- our super active Boxer boy got it pretty young at age 3 years and we rested and tried antinflamatories.... he was neutered too young at 5 months and that increases risk- as well as he was crazy obessive frisbee dog as well (he was our first pup in like 20 years and we broke all the rules excercised him like crazy cause he had so much energy)-- anyways we ended up doing surgery--- there are 2 options that I am familar with-- the older cheaper procedure is just sewing back together the ruptured ligament (they dont really grow back together) or replacing it with a suture. This works better with smaller (like your) dogs but the risk is simple reinjury/ retearing it. For bigger dogs (like mine) or dogs that do reinjure there is TPLO-- its a speciality surgery that basically redesigns the knee so the leg works without the ligament (weird huh) -- and it does work-- that Boxer dog lived to age 11 so he ran on that repaired knee for another 8 years.... Unfortuantely he ruptured the other side 2 years later so ended up having both knees done, and both repairs were great. Its expensive as in about 3,000 each and that was about 10 years ago (but that was done in San Francisco, and everything is expensive here)...
 

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Thanks for the response! Our boy is 5 months and not yet neutered. Our vet is thinking it might be a congenital thing that has gotten progressively over time. We walked him a lot, 20-30 mins 3 times a day and let him run/play on a long line. Maybe that was too much? He is supposed to be about 35 lbs full grown.

With your Boxer how long did you use rest/anti-inflammatory meds for before deciding to have surgery? Honestly the few hundred we have spent so far for visits and diagnosing is doable, but thousands of dollars for surgery is going to basically wipe out our savings. We are young and newly married, fortunately good savers, so hopefully we can provide for the dog what he really needs. I really appreciate your input, BernerMax. :)
 

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Thanks for the response! Our boy is 5 months and not yet neutered. Our vet is thinking it might be a congenital thing that has gotten progressively over time. We walked him a lot, 20-30 mins 3 times a day and let him run/play on a long line. Maybe that was too much? He is supposed to be about 35 lbs full grown.

With your Boxer how long did you use rest/anti-inflammatory meds for before deciding to have surgery? Honestly the few hundred we have spent so far for visits and diagnosing is doable, but thousands of dollars for surgery is going to basically wipe out our savings. We are young and newly married, fortunately good savers, so hopefully we can provide for the dog what he really needs. I really appreciate your input, BernerMax. :)
I think what happened was he was limping and we rested him for a few days, but it got progessively worse (he wasnt weight bearing at all on the affected limb) and we DONT crate, but I dont think that would have made a difference.... He was so young we didnt feel we had a choice but do the surgery...This was before we had our child, I am not sure we would have been able to do two surgeries these day with all the things we have going on and an actual child to care/ pay for ...
 

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Thanks for the links! I just spent the last hour or so looking up the braces, will definitely ask the vet about them! When she said the ortho specialist will contact us after the weekend I think she meant after memorial day too. /: I'd forgotten it was a long weekend.
 
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