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Julie's tibial injury

I've been reading the forum and enjoying all the posts helping me deal with my very active
5 1/2 month puppy Julie.... next week she was scheduled for spay and baby tooth removal, but yesterday while playing and jumping for a stuffed toy she suddenly cried loudly and was unable to put weight on her back right leg. Went to the vet and had Xrays with a diagnosis of tibial tuberosity avulsion - she's now scheduled for a surgical consult and probably surgery on Monday. Last night she mostly slept, but today is a little perkier--so needing to keep her near me or crated--her leg is bandaged and she isn't putting weight on it..though did try and make "a run for it" when she spotted some neighbor cat poop in a flower bed when took her out for her poddy. She came home with a head cone, but she hated it -so for now it's off and when she started to lick her bandage put a little bitter apple on it and she hasn't tried again...though guess she'll need the cone after surgery. I read the thread about Ollie-and feel a little overwhelmed worrying about the surgery, possible complications, recuperation, wishing I had puppy health insurance. So needing prayers, good thoughts, advice for us.
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It's tough to see them get injured. She's young so she should heal quickly. Hav's are a sturdy breed. A little patience and some TLC. Welcome to this compassionate group. Hugs and woofs to Julie and you from Dave and Molly.

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do you think you could adapt a baby sleeper to cover her boo-boo? that way you won't have to use the cone all the time.

Good luck on Monday.

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So sorry about the accident. I'll be praying for her on Monday.

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Very sorry to hear that your Julie is injured. Heal quickly and well, little one!

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Carolz,

So sorry to hear of your little one's leg injury. I know first hand of the worry and stress related to having your puppy require leg surgery. My 7 month old pup had both patellas surgically corrected and came through it with flying colors. I wanted to refer you to my link, I had alot of great advice from forum friends that you may find helpful.

I can't figure out how to attach it, just look under Health Issues for Double Patella Surgery. I will be sending positive thoughts your way for a quick recovery! ~Andria
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Carol,

I"m so sorry your baby is hurt I can imagine how worried you are, You probably won't know what you are dealing with as far as recovery and recoup' until after the surgery and the vet sees the extent of it, but probably a few weeks of keeping her off her leg and that is really SO very important because re-injury can really make things much more worse.

Keep us posted!

And Welcome to the Forum!! This place is a wealth of information and support.


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Carol, it's tough to watch our babies get hurt and feel so helpless. I'm sure you'll know much more on Monday. I wanted to welcome you to the group. You'll find a lot of caring people here. I'll be praying for a quick and uneventful recuperation for Julie. She's such a cutie.

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Julie's tibial injury

Thanks for your welcome and good wishes for us and suggestions re previous posts to read. At the moment Julie is sleeping in her crate which is a relief as she's wanting to "run around" this morning and though not putting weight on her injured leg still need to try and limit her activity. Will let you know how things go on Monday after our surgical consult --our regular Vet has said that she is the most Active Puppy in her practice..so post surgery will be interesting. Julie really is a sweetie and hate to see her uncomfortable.
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Smile Surgery Update

Well Julie had her surgery yesterday and is now home resting. Her formal diagnosis was right tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture repair. She also was spayed and had a baby tooth removed. Now she's wearing the Elizabethan collar, has a Fenantyl patch until Friday + some other meds. She is to be on strictly limited activity for EIGHT WEEKS! For the first two weeks she can have short walk 5-7 minutes 2x3 times a day for poddy. The walks gradually increase to a max of 10-15 minutes 2-3times a day.

She is not to roam free in the house, run, jump or play. Wow..hope the surgeon also told Julie because this sounds impossible for a High Spirited Hav Puppy. She was prescribed some calming meds that can use as needed, but hope that can somehow keep her busy with minimal meds. We're happy she's home and had no complications..and the surgeon noted that she was perky as soon as she woke up from surgery. Now the question is how do she and her human parents get through the next 8 weeks. All suggestions appreciated.
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