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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-01-2008, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Torn ACL

Well super Cooper has been diagnosed with what should be the official sports injury of the Havanese due to the RLH...a torn ACL. Oddly enough my little weiner dog did the same thing years ago. Has anyone else faced this injury with their Hav? We're on anti-inflammatories for a week before the vet decides whether or not surgery will be needed.

I might have to put Winnie in a cast to slow him down so he leaves Coop alone long enough to heal.

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Gee Beverly, I'm sorry to hear that about Cooper. I never thought about our dogs injuring themselves during RLH. They do it with such abandon that I guess some are apt to pull something. How does the vet decide on surgery? Can it just heal on its own?

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{{{hugs for Cooper}}}

No experience with a torn ACL but having had to keep Roxie quiet while she recovered from her broken leg, *you* will definatley be in my prayers!! (The ex-pen I bought was worth every dime I spent on it!)

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I'm not sure exactly how he will make the decision. He said that often small dogs ACL can "tighten up" and that is what we are hoping for.

The really good part of this is that Cooper doesn't seem to be in real pain. He isn't putting any weight on the leg- the left rear- so I know it hurts, but when it's manipulated or touched he doesn't wince, whine, nothing. I was a bit reluctant to take him to the vet because he just didn't make any of those heart breaking pathetic little noises they can make. He sit's and looks at stairs, so I carry him up and down, he doesn't jump up on me, and he won't stand on that foot, but other than that, nothing specific. My vet says it's not uncommon in small dogs and that it happens most often indoors on carpet, but this was outside.

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I have had more experience that I ever care to talk about, however I will just for you. I had Belle as my foster baby, who tore her ACL while trying to jump up on the bed. Surgery was the only answer. If the leg pulls out from the knee like a drawer (it's called the drawer effect) the only answer is surgery. Belle's first surgery here in Miami was not done properly and another volunteer in VA had their vet do the second surgery which fixed her knee perfectly (for a fraction of what my vet in Miami was trying to charge, $1800) her vet charged us 900.00. Shop around for a second opinion and get the best vet and the best price because this operation is charged differently by different vets. In NJ where Belle's new mommy lives we were quoted prices of $3600 down to $2500 and the vet in VA only charged us 900. Now she's using that leg and walking perfectly.
Belle never complained, never cried. She just stopped using her leg and went into hiding. It's extremely painful and should be taken care of, medication won't cure a dislocated knee due to torn ligaments. Email me if you need more advice. I have more experience with this issue then I ever wanted.
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Thanks Paula, kind of ( I will get some info from DH, he was taking notes at the vet, and send you a PM later tonight.
Sorry you've been through this, but thank you for your insight.
Looking forward to meeting you in Richmond!

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OH Man!! That stinks!! Poor little Cooper! I always worry so much about that kind of stuff, as my guys do that thru the house, as well as outside all the time! I hope that the vet feels it can heal on its own!! Kisses and Hugs to Cooper from the 4 L's for a fast recovery!

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Bless his heart. It always amazes me how dogs handle pain different from us. I would be in bed groaning and crying. I do try to slow Cicero down...with no luck. I will pray Cooper heals without surgery. Now you have 'a really good reason' to let some things go and hold and baby him to keep in from running. ((((hugs))))


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Poor Cooper, that has to hurt. I hope he's pain free and back to running (carefully) soon.

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Poor baby! I'll pray he heals quickly and easily without surgery. Belly rubs from me and lickies from Tori

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