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Tyler's tale of woe!

this could be a long post. I have held off for a bit before telling Tyler's story, as I was very upset and, initially, didn't know if the outcome was going to be a good one or bad one!

A week ago Sunday at 5:30 am in the semidarkness when I went out with Tyler to take care of business before starting his day (yes, for a retiree, he gets me up very, very early, unfortunately), it was a bad scene. He uses his ramp to get down to the grass or vice versa up to the deck but has never just walked up or down other than a couple of steps, then he proceeds to leap into the air and land on the grass (going down) or deck (coming up). When he did it that morning, however, and landed in the grass, he let out a blood curdling scream and his rear end collapsed. I screamed too, went down to get him and saw that he couldn't put any weight on his right back leg. He did manage to hobble on three legs to take care or business before I picked him up and brought him in. When inside, though, he kept collapsing because we have wood floors and he couldn't get any traction to stay up. His back legs kept splaying out from under him. It was so pathetic and just brought major tears to eyes. We took him to the emergency facility which also was very upsetting because the only other time we had been there was on another Sunday morning two years ago with Bailey who had to be out down that very day. The memories were overwhelming to say the least. Tyler was xrayed, there was no break and the vet did not feel as though his ACL was torn. He was sent home on Tramadol and Rimadyl and rest. The next day he was so bad with the collapsing and was not eating so we brought him to his regular vet who said that it was a torn ACL and would take 6-8 weeks to heal and he would always limp and probably develop arthritis in that joint. I put all the area carpets I have in the house to create a pathway he could walk on from the kitchen to the living room and in front of his dishes and beds to help him out. It helped somewhat, but he also was collapsing on the rugs. I iced his leg 3 x a day for about 15 minutes each time and hoped for the best. Finally, on Sunday, one week later, he began to walk much better and was not collapsing. I was actually amazed at my little, old guy to think that he was getting around so well in such a short period of time. He's a trooper for sure. Tomorrow, he is going to start a rehab program, as I know the physical therapist who works at the emergency facility and signed him up for an evaluation. Whatever it takes to get him back in the swing, as he is very healthy otherwise. In fact, all,his bloodwork was normal and the vet said that was amazing for a dog his age.

Again, sorry to have gone on and on. I'll keep you posted on how the rehab goes. He's my guy!

Mary (miss you, Bailey-1996-2011 and Tyler-1997-2015)
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Well, thank goodness for all of US that you waited until he was so much better before telling us what was going on!!! We would have been worried to pieces all week, right along with you1 Give that little guy great big (gentle) hugs from his "nephew" and me. I hope he continues to improve rapidly!!!

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Hope Tyler does well with his rehab.
Henry and I are both here rooting for him (and you!)
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Awww poor Tyler and Mary!
Mikey and me are rooting for him in rehab too

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One thing we know is that he's in the best possible hands - yours. Hope he's back to his old self very soon.
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I was a little worried reading this, but happy to see he's now doing better. Let us know how rehab goes and what doggie rehab consists of.
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I'm so happy to hear that he's doing well again! Thank goodness.
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Oh no Mary that is SO scary, I can only imagine. I'm happy to hear he's doing better and I'm sure therapy will help him plus having you he can't go wrong. Keep us posted on Tyler and give him a big hug from Timmy and I, hope he's better soon.

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So glad he's on the mend! Twinkle is still good for a flying leap once in a while too. I think maybe before 15 weeks, and after 15 years, they have some sort of uncontrollable springs in their legs.
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How frightening!!!! I am glad he is able to walk better and I hope the rehabilitate make him feel all better. licks from Chester.

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