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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 12:34 PM
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I don't have personal experience with them, but I was considering them when I was looking
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I'm sorry to hear Perry is having a leg problem Melissa. It has been two years since Scout's ACL surgeries so I don't remember all the details. He had surgery in the morning and stayed overnight on an IV Fentanyl drip. We went to see him during the night and he was able to stand. The next day we met with the surgeon and she explained what was done. The surgical assistant reviewed activity and medication instructions with us. I was surprised to see Scout walk normally down the hall to us! He needed to be crated or could sit need to us if on a short leash for eight weeks. We had to carry him outside to potty. We followed the instructions to the letter! The first week he was pretty uncomfortable and would whimper. He was on an antibiotic for a week. I gave him Tramdol and an NSAID for pain and Acepromazine to keep him sedated. I applied cool packs to the incision for a few days and then warm packs. He had a two week post-op visit with the surgeon and the staples were removed. I didn't see the exam. I'm sure they have seen some get anxious watching. �� She said he could now go on a very short walk, but needed six more weeks of crating. Scout had another recheck at four or six weeks. Eight weeks was his last post-op visit with the surgeon. He was good to go. �� Unfortunately a few weeks later he started limping on his other leg. This time the ACL ruptured, but the meniscus was not torn. Poor Scout had eight more weeks of crating. I'm grateful he had a wonderful surgeon and has made a full recovery. He runs like crazy now! I'll be thinking of you and Perry.
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Wow! I'd have to really think about putting a dog through that type of surgery? Tough! decision. What does a surgery like that cost?
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Wow! I'd have to really think about putting a dog through that type of surgery? Tough! decision. What does a surgery like that cost?
It broke my heart to see Scout walking holding his leg up. There was no choice but to have surgery or for him to be in pain. I thought I saw him limp a few times a month before the complete rupture. I had actually taken him to two vets for a knee exam and they didn't think he had problem. I called immediately on the second leg when I thought he had limped. He was seen the next day and had the surgery done. Fortunately the meniscus wasn't torn this time. Scout was uncomfortable for a few weeks, but his full recovery was definitely worth it. We have Healthy Paws insurance which let me choose the specialty hospital where it was done. I wanted to go where this surgery is routinely done. Begin a nurse I can say he received exceptional care beginning to end. No different from what we would would expect being in the hospital and having surgery. It covered everything except my $500.00 deductible which I had chosen. The cost probably varies all over the country and hospital to hospital.
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It broke my heart to see Scout walking holding his leg up. There was no choice but to have surgery or for him to be in pain. I thought I saw him limp a few times a month before the complete rupture. I had actually taken him to two vets for a knee exam and they didn't think he had problem. I called immediately on the second leg when I thought he had limped. He was seen the next day and had the surgery done. Fortunately the meniscus wasn't torn this time. Scout was uncomfortable for a few weeks, but his full recovery was definitely worth it. We have Healthy Paws insurance which let me choose the specialty hospital where it was done. I wanted to go where this surgery is routinely done. Begin a nurse I can say he received exceptional care beginning to end. No different from what we would would expect being in the hospital and having surgery. It covered everything except my $500.00 deductible which I had chosen. The cost probably varies all over the country and hospital to hospital.
OH! My Gosh I can imagine how you felt. Not long after we got Patti at 8 weeks, I was trying every chew thing to entertain her. A piece of one of those eatable chewies lodged in her throat. I didn't realize it until I got up the next morning and my surgeon husband had been up with her all night in the family room.

He said, Patti hadn't been able to sleep, was very uncomfortable and appeared to have something caught in her throat. It was heartbreaking and I thought I'd killed this puppy. We were able to get into the Vet early that morning and while sitting in the waiting room the chewy piece finally went down. My husband thought we were going to have to do an expensive esophageal procedure ... at that point we would have done anything to get the dog some relief.

I could have never done what my husband did as he sat up all night with that little puppy struggling.
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I donít think there is anything more painful than seeing a pet suffer. I was a basket case when Mia hurt her back.
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OH! My Gosh I can imagine how you felt. Not long after we got Patti at 8 weeks, I was trying every chew thing to entertain her. A piece of one of those eatable chewies lodged in her throat. I didn't realize it until I got up the next morning and my surgeon husband had been up with her all night in the family room.

He said, Patti hadn't been able to sleep, was very uncomfortable and appeared to have something caught in her throat. It was heartbreaking and I thought I'd killed this puppy. We were able to get into the Vet early that morning and while sitting in the waiting room the chewy piece finally went down. My husband thought we were going to have to do an expensive esophageal procedure ... at that point we would have done anything to get the dog some relief.

I could have never done what my husband did as he sat up all night with that little puppy struggling.
That would be an extremely scary experience. One of my coworkers labrador was having stomach issues. When an x-ray was done they found he had swallowed a small tennis ball!

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Thank you for sharing your stories, Heather and Mikki. And for the adorable, if a little sad, photos too, Heather! So happy to hear Scout has completely recovered. We have Healthy Paws insurance for Shama too. A friend who had to get some expensive procedures for her dog highly recommended it. Thinking about Perry and you too, Melissa!
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Thank you for sharing your stories, Heather and Mikki. And for the adorable, if a little sad, photos too, Heather! So happy to hear Scout has completely recovered. We have Healthy Paws insurance for Shama too. A friend who had to get some expensive procedures for her dog highly recommended it. Thinking about Perry and you too, Melissa!
We have Healthy Paws insurance and keeping it!!! At $30 per month , I don't know how this insurance company pays these high Specialist bills.
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