|I get a lot of emails asking me for information
regarding cruciate injuries in dogs. Though I'm not a vet, nor play
one on TV, people tend to trust others who have been through the
same problem they are facing. Because of this, I've decided to post
my usual written reply. Some of the links and information may be
redundant, but these are some of the best links I've found for cruciate
I too have been through this
with one of my Labs. Honestly, it is my opinion that they do not
heal on their own to where the dog won't continue to have problems
and maybe become very disabled as they grow older. Especially
in a dog over 40 pounds.
My page http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/darbydiary.html
will run you through everything that we experienced after TPLO
surgery. There is also a link there that helps you deal with an
ACL surgery no matter which one you decide.
I decided to go with the TPLO over the traditional
just because my Darby is very active and after reading all I could,
I couldn't believe that the traditional surgery would hold. There
have been success stories with the traditional, but I didn't think
I would be one of them so opted for the TPLO. She had the surgery
in January 2001. It was a remarkable recovery.
Here are some of the best ACL links I have found
in my search for information:
Kerstetter's Just Labradors Magazine article May/June 2003
I would suggest you join the Ortho-dogs email
list. I am no longer a member, but the folks there were so helpful
and informative when I was going through this with Darby.
Good luck with this.
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