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…Kellye,

You have great input from others already.  And I agree with Christine- since you have been through TPLO recovery you have some idea on what to expect.  My quad pug Obie has had two knee surgeries (tightrope and patella correction) and his recoveries were way

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….  Night lights are also good - my Otis definitely wanted lights on when we went outside after dark.

Yes, you can go back to work in two weeks. Recovery is intense, but much faster than TPLO.  Once the staples come out, about day 10, most dogs perk up considerably.  Probably no dog door until then,

23 October 2016 11:29 am
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…this feeling, of course, but I suspect that you may be surprised at how well Rosie copes with the surgery, and how much easier and less stressful recovery is than after TPLO. My Meg had multiple surgeries, including a total elbow replacement and heaven knows what else before the decision was finally…

…a far from straightforward decision). Every situation is different, of course, but in our case we were blessed with a remarkably straightforward recovery after amputation, much much easier on Meg and on me than after her previous ops. Like Rosie, Meg had been largely three legged for some considerable

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Thanks for reaching out.  Surgery is Wednesday.   Come home Thursday or Friday.  Good timing.  Long weekend to get through the first part of recovery.  I just have this feeling though that the surgery is going to be too much and that the extra stress will hasten her passing. I am praying that she…

…will make it through recovery and back to running/hopping with her pack again.  The TPLO was only 7 weeks ago, and because of the OSC she hasn't progressed as well as expected

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…after a rear leg amp due to being hit by a car. He had had three hip dislocations with reduction surgeries to correct them before the THR.

Daisy is another Tripawd who had cruciate surgery after becoming a Tripawd, although if I remember correctly, she didn't have a TPLO.

Kathi and the

…cheeseburgers and sunbathing it's for them AND for us too! A win/win for everybody is a good thing!!

Izzy, a tripawd, is now gping tnrpugh TPLO recovery on her remaining three legs. She's doing amazing.

Murphy had hip urgery six weeks after his front leg amp. He had great extended quality time

… and I don't know if I should go through with it.  My fear is that the cancer is more widespread than we know and although the surgeon says recovery is a lot quicker than TPLO, and she's already only using three legs, that by the end of the month or mid-November she should be right as rain.

…so I imagine there must be pain which she is now feeling more intensely because of being off the meds. I know that all dogs are different and the recovery period can vary, but I'm so concerned that maybe there is something else seriously wrong. 

I guess I'm looking for anyone who has maybe had a

2 October 2016 5:40 pm
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…better with her pain managed but I'm still so torn (no pun intended) between the surgical options. Afraid to do TPLO because of the drawn out recovery (and cutting her bone - she's almost 13!!) but don't want to put her through a "lesser" surgery for nothing (what if it doesn't help or fails

9 September 2016 5:31 pm
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…t feel like a horrible person because you are "wishing" you hadn't adopted another dog.  When I first adopted Daisy as a puppy she was a holy terror.  It was so bad that I contacted the rescue and asked if they would take her back that I could not handle her. …

…having her in my life.

You are correct that the lateral suture stabilization procedure is not the best option for the bigger dogs (like Izzy and Daisy) but in our case Daisy was older and not all that active so it worked out great for us.  It held up just fine for the remainder of her life. The…

…the only "fix" is amputation and we already lost the "spare".

Hang in there.  The right decision for you will come.

Marla, Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

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29 August 2016 5:23 am
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…take it one day at a time. I don't have any words of wisdom regarding breakups but I've been thru knee surgery with a big (80 lb) 3 legged dog!

Daisy was about 8 years old when she initially tore her cruciate ligament in her right knee (she was a left front amp). The vet had me do conservative…

…for me. I simply could not afford TPLO (about $3000 where I live) and the tightrope procedure was not much cheaper.

For me the knee surgery recovery was much harder than Daisy's amp because I had to assist her in walking and pottying, etc. My vet also kept Daisy a few extra days in the hospital…

…since she was a tripawd and I think she sensed I was a little terrified. Daisy was actually able to walk right away with assistance much to my surprise but I guess that is actually normal.

Hopefully conservative management…

…will get thru it even if you don't think so now. I managed by myself with 2 dogs and 2 cats underfoot!

Best of luck,

Marla, Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

…the least invasive option, and knew that if the tightrope failed, there was always TPLO as a fall back.  Tess' worked, no infection (although long recovery period - far longer than Otis' for his amp), but she does limp from time to time if she over-does it.   Tess has a crooked front leg, too, due to…

…have a similar risk of infection, although the tightrope procedure can fail if it loosens (which can happen if the dog is too active during recovery or puts too much stress on the knee).   The TPLO is less likely to fail, since they are literally cutting out part of the bone to brace the rest of

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…sorry you are going thru this.  It is always scary to have one of their remaining legs injured since they no longer have their spare!  My Daisy also tore her acl on her right rear knee and it fully ruptured about 6 months later.

She was a front amp and ALWAYS used that back leg to get up…

…surgery.  The cost of the TPLO surgery was out of reach for me even though that would have been the best option for her size.

I will tell you the recovery from Daisy's knee was much rougher than her amputation recovery.  It was pretty much crate rest except for going outside to potty and range of…

…it was painful.  She already had enough of a struggle with her arthritic hips being so bad and only 3 legs!

Good luck

Marla, Biscuit and Spirit Daisy

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… and is letting us know that. I know this leg is really bothering her and I can't wait to get this over with. I've got some yoga mats and have her recovery area figured out, and am actually glad to know to expect ups and downs.  Luckily, we're both retired, so we'll have the time to tend to her 24/7.

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