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…fixes.  Comet, my lab/corgi mix was born without  a functioning front left leg.  She has had both back knees go out and has had TPLO on both (the kind that has a plate on the knee).  Yep, it's scary to think about a 2 legged dog.  And for about 12 weeks for each

… It gets tough to do.    I'm glad I'm not alone.  You can't imagine the roller coaster ride I went thru when she had her first TPLO recovery.  I had no where to turn.  Everyone just acted like it was a normal recovery.  But I had to carry her everywhere!…

… I was a mess.  By week 8, I my lower limbs went numb - thought I had MS.   It turns out it was the stress!  The second TPLO was easier because we made her a crib on wheels and the anti-anxiety meds helped!

Yes, Debra it is like Bells Pasly.  We can't put her on

15 January 2010 11:46 pm
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… but I think he'll say Mali is okay from the surgery. I don't know how long he'll want to keep checking him after amputation surgery. For Gabby's TPLO .. he only needed two follow ups for each one .. plus I can always bring her in if I think there is a problem or she's limping on the hind legs.

…and the Pathologist confirmed Osteosarcoma diagnosis. The cancer originated at the bone/cartilage interface of the tibia and not at the site of the TPLO implant. HE is looking forward to seeing her next week to remove the staples.

Hope all of your friends are doing well.

Shaun & Supai

10 December 2009 7:53 pm
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…s amputation went well. Doc, said there was minimal bleeding, sent tibia to pathologist for a confirmation on the type of cancer. He also sent the TPLO plate to the manufacturer to see if there was any microscopic corrosion. She bounced back quickly from the surgery, Supai was standing at the cage

4 December 2009 4:03 pm
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I found those post the other night and after reading them it eased my mind a lot. In 2005 Supai had both of her cruciate ligament's repaired by TPLO procedure. This is a very traumatic surgery with a 16 wk recovery period. Your suggestions and the ones on the post were thing we dealt with and…

…and Supai is very fond of him so she is never alone, and Barley is very attentive to her. Luckly supai is a very positive dog, when recoverying from TPLO she was eager to do things when asked and staid quiet when she needed to work on healing.

Like I said before I am not worried about the battle

2 December 2009 5:40 pm
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…all for you kind words and encouragement. I am guardedly optimistic. The odds are against us, Supai was a trooper through back-to-back TPLO procedures, I know she will handle the amputation fine. We just need some luck to get through the rest.

30 November 2009 7:00 pm
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…for all of your kind words. I am sure there will be some pt falls in the recovery. Fortunatley we have gone through 2 TPLO repairs on her. She handles Fentenyl and Tramadol (currently on Tram) and we still have the sling. I am less worried about the recovery, the TPLO

29 November 2009 5:26 pm
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…has been a tough holiday, Wednesday evening I found out my 6 yr. old Y. Lab Supai has Osteosarcoma on her right tibia. In 2005 she had TPLO done on this leg. She has a fracture on the head of the tibia. Further x-rays show her lungs are clear, as well as shoulders (she had been a…

…was found). We have decided to amputate the leg in order to make her more comfortable. Not liking the radiation and chemo option. Supai has had 2 TPLO's and with all the latest poking and prodding she get's very anxious at the Vets. We are pretty realistic with her prognosis for the future. We are

29 November 2009 2:34 pm
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…paddle toys with it - therefore it stayed on.    So, she's been 3 legged for 11 years.

She did have both knees goes out and has TPLO in both. She has a bit of arthritis in her hips, but not too bad.  And she has diskospondylitis (spell?) in her neck (infection

24 November 2009 4:03 pm
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…have both done within 2 years of each other. She is a 37 lb corgi/golden lab mix with a front deformed leg that doesn't function. We had the TPLO surgery done.  The first surgery was traumatic.  With a deformed front leg I was afraid of wire crates because the deformed foot could

13 August 2009 10:42 pm
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…surgery on such a “big” dog (86lbs)  but feels it should be just fine.  I was just wondering if anybody else has done the TPLO surgery on the only good back leg?  Trying to get him to the bathroom 3 x a day is quite the project.  We have been told that once he

13 July 2009 7:46 pm
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…whole limb off after amputation to confirm if Osteosarcoma or some other type of tumor.  She is in excellent health otherwise, however , had a TPLO surgery performed on a hind limb 5 years ago after rupturing her cruciate ligament. I wonder if the extra weight and strain may cause her problems

25 April 2009 8:49 pm
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…sort of pain to live with and for how long…  My heart goes out to Bella's family too.

While the vet said that the breed and her prior TPLO surgery put her at risk for osteosarcoma, I have to say that if people are told to avoid cancer by NOT EATING processed foods, then why are dogs fed

17 March 2009 10:38 am
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… Pam! What would we do without you?? I finally ended up pulling out Max's instructions from his TPLO and we were giving him that combination of Rimadyl and Tramadol during his recovery. So much has happened since then that I had forgotten

16 March 2009 9:59 am
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…aggressive the cancer was, and also because Max has been poked, prodded, drugged, cut, and sewn since back in Oct. when all of this started with the TPLO surgery. I really want to just let him “be” for the rest of his life. I have no problem giving him meds for comfort level, but anything

27 February 2009 5:37 pm
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Max is also on Tramadol and Prednisone
and he pants quite a bit. Max had a previous surgery before the amp(TPLO) that he was only on Tramadol for...he did not pant at all.  For Max its the pred and the vet actually told us that it would be a side

12 February 2009 2:29 pm
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…have come to the right place for good information and support. Max is a 20 month old Black Lab who had TPLO surgery in Oct and in Dec had the same leg amputated due to osteosarcoma. He just finished with his second chemo treatment and the third is

11 February 2009 1:31 pm
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… is that necessary? you're talking to a guy who freaks out about his boys
crystal grange : You just keep right on walking!!!
crystal grange : TPLO is for torn ACL. Your active dogs are good
tazziedog : TPLO is tibial plateau levelling
OKim1 : Pam sometimes Buster feels warm to me, but no…

admin : “pretty active” … ?
Uncle Big Dog : i have pretty active dogs - am i missing something?
Uncle Big Dog : TPLO?
crystal grange : I was told TPLO is necessary for very active dogs.
jerry : WOW! Lots of dogs get that TPLO.
tazziedog : Most people did…

…sutures until TPLO came along. I think it depends on angle of the joint In my opinion only 20% of dogs might need a TPLO
crystal grange : Insurance just has never seemed worth it. It just seems like financing the surgery in advance.
tazziedog : Kim is right about…

…Even as big as
tazziedog : Tazzie had one fixed then the other 4 months later
jerry : How come more people don't do sutures? I always hear about TPLO.
crystal grange : Thanks Kim good to hear!
OKim1 : I was told that too … never happened
tazziedog : TPLO they have to fracture the…

… crystal grange : She is not limping on her other leg yet. But we were told she will tear it eventually and I was hoping to prevent it. She had a TPLO on her first one.
OKim1 : Buster was fine… i heard swiming is best
jerry : What's the difference/
jerry : Seems like it's harder than…

…recuperating from amputation.
tazziedog : I would not have done a TPLO like Ivan had. I would do suture stabilization. Very easy
jerry : Ouch. That surgery is so hard, I hear, to get dogs to handle the recovery

3 February 2009 10:48 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
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…with Max…..he takes Tramadol 3 times a day and has no issues with it. He took Rimadyl after his TPLO surgery and it really bothered his stomach even when giving it with his nightly food.

…10 years. (I have a job where he can come along) I feel like I would be keeping him alive for me , not for him.

He has two weak knees from TPLO surgeries along with athrithis in his back end. He's suffering & I can't see having his last maybe 5-12 months be spent in…

…hospitals, which make him panic completely. (maybe from TPLO surg's) & forcing him through chemo. Today at the Surgerons to have his bangadge changed, he had a meltdown. Shaking like crazy. I'm

Zak\'s Mom
27 January 2009 2:10 am
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…might be an issue, assistance with going potty (we used a sling that our vet gave us for the first 2 days and were already used to it since Max had TPLO surgery 8 weeks prior) and from your post Im wondering if you wont have an issue with the kids? I accidentally bumped Max's surgery site and it

…have a 19 mo old black lab. Max had TPLO surgery in Oct and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in that same leg in Dec, having amp surgery Dec 18. I know this is kind of reverse of what you…

…are asking, but what I can tell you is how the recovery went for the TPLO. Typically, 8 solid weeks of rest and minimal movement is required for optimal healing. The dog is in pain quite a bit and has to learn to walk on…

…as far as repair surgery, however. Maybe there are other options? In my opinion, amp surgery recovery is much quicker than TPLO recovery, 2 weeks vs. 8 weeks.

 If you are considering amp and then cruciate ligament surgery, having been through both with my own dog

20 January 2009 8:49 pm
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…your dog. My pawrents treated it with rest, arthritis meds, and acupuncture, which helped a lot. They were scared that I would have to have that TPLO of surgery, but I didn't after all.

I wish we had more experience to offer you in this area.

But, we do strongly agree with Zeus and Heather

20 January 2009 1:50 pm
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…so he would have to walk. This relieved me, but at the same time, increased my fears!

Good News! The x-ray showed NO broken pins or screws (TPLO several years ago), Bone NOT broken nor fractued, but it did show moderate to severe arthritis. Diagnosis is that he sprained his knee

10 January 2009 2:54 am
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…AND GET THE CHEMO BEFORE THE CANCER GETS HIM AND WE CANT DO IT!!!! He has been through so much it makes me sick to think about it. First in Oct TPLO surgery, then we find the cancer, Dec 18th the amp, 2 weeks later the thrombocytopenia and now this. Its just not fair.

He looked at me when I

8 January 2009 6:04 pm
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…the knee, that improving his knee pain is best for us.  We don't regret one decision we have made, knowing that the amputation, then the TPLO, was the right choice, and now, this surgery.  Ivan is in good hands with Dr. Carlson at Berkeley Dog and Cat, she has been the most

6 January 2009 9:45 pm
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…An update on Ivan.  After good progress on recovering from his TPLO surgery, Ivan ruptured his right rear cruciate ligament, despite the physical therapy routine we were using to avoid that event  At the same…

…round of oral cemo to slow the lung mets down.  We're taking it a day at a time.  Had the lungs been clear, we were going to do another TPLO, since Ivan did so well with the first recovery, was a happy dog even on restricted activity. 

We keep the faith, thanks everyone for your

2 January 2009 8:11 pm
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…An update on Ivan.  Since Ivan had his left rear knee operated on November 4, with a TPLO reconstruction, and after doing hydrotherapy and chiropractic adjustments, he ruptured the right rear leg cranial cruciate ligament.  Sadly,…

… lvan's chest xray this week came back showing lung mets, so we won't be doing another TPLO. 

We have now switched to oral chemo in hopes of slowing the tumors down.  The first drug, Cytoxan, we decided to discontinue at this

2 January 2009 7:56 pm
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…Hi Geo and IAWL......Max had his left hind leg amp. the 18th of Dec. This was after TPLO surgery on that same leg back in Oct. The cancer was hiding in the bone above the TPLO so wasnt caught. Max has done not much more than sleep this

29 December 2008 9:21 am
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