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…surgery. Lincoln was his second miracle, as the tumor was fully encapsulated. Nine months post surgery, he ruptured his right ACL and underwent TPLO surgery in November of 2008. Shortly after a clean bill of health, he ruptured his left ACL and had surgery on that knee in June of 2009. Fourteen…

…days ago he began limping on his left leg. Being concerned that something was wrong with the TPLO, I insisted on x-rays which showed a suspected osteosarcoma. Two days later he had a biopsy and today had his left rear leg amputated. At the time

…would say she should be put down.  But he didn't and yay for me!

Her hips twist to the side as you can see in xray where the TPLO hardware should be even on both sides.  One vet told they thought she pulls the right back leg under her body to balance herself.

10 March 2010 11:35 pm
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…is an all too familiar story for me. My Yellow Lab Suapi was 6 1/2 when she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer) last November. She had TPLO procedure on both knees but our surgeon was great. The osteo was in her Rt. Rear leg, we did do the amputation. We had little choice since she had

10 March 2010 5:27 pm
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Hi there. Gosh can we relate to everything your going thru, even with the botched TPLO surgery's. We had BOTH rear legs done on our male Goldern Retriever Jack, and he broke all 6 screws AND bent the plate in both legs, so I know all

…very quickly.

Like all of you, my dog is my best friend, and I would do anything in the world for her. She's already had a rough year - had a TPLO knee surgery last March, and after the Dr. botched the surgery, had to go in for more surgery a few months later. She had a really tough time with

9 March 2010 12:47 pm
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…(see x-ray).  She blew out her 1st back knee at the age of 6 and then about 1 year and a half years later, the other knee.  She had a TPLO done on each one.  The TPLO is best surgery for 3-legged dogs.

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X-ray of the hardware used in a TPLO to

6 March 2010 2:49 pm
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…I dealt with cancer for only 3 hours! 

BUT if you got any Dualpawd awards for handling 8 weeks with a 2 legged dog after TPLO surgery, I'll gladly take those!  (GIMME 2, since I did it twice!)

 <---- me feeling sickly thinking about it!

4 March 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Shout-Outs
Posts: 9
Views: 846

…prior the disc infection of the neck that started last May, we only gave one on the weekends.  Keep in mind, that she's had 2 TPLO's and is over 11 years old.    

22 February 2010 10:01 am
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…like a trooper!

I guess Rimadyl users fall into 2 camps.   I'm with Shaun on this one.  Maybe because we've gone through two TPLO surgeries!  I'm a Rimadyl fan but am cautious.  It can make a world of difference!    

Dad, I wouldn

12 February 2010 10:17 am
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…are complications that CAN come from prolonged use of Rimadyl or any other NSAID's. Supai tore both CCL's in one year resulting in 2 TPLO procedures. She used Rymadyl regularly to manage imflamation from over doing it. Sure I kept an eye on her Poo, and if there was prolong use we had…

…in the AM.

Just my 2 cnest worth.

As for stitches, Supai's were removed after 10 days. The Surgeon who performed the amputation also did here TPLO procedures, the first knee he waited the 14 days, and man did he have tough time getting the staples out. Suapi was a fast healer, things went much

12 February 2010 7:28 am
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…growth in her jaw bone that has deformed her lower teeth and jaw, an infection of the neck dics that requires a lifetime of antibiotics and metal TPLO plates in her back knees.   She is the Quasimodo of dogs!  And I'm not even counting her emotional issues! 

9 February 2010 9:24 pm
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…Tonka peeing & Pooping? It is amazing how much water is need to form poo. When Supai had her first TPLO surgery she was finiky about drinking for about a week. We used Watermelon and Oranges, she wolfed them right down and still loves them as treats

8 February 2010 10:29 am
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…carrots out!!!) 

But now, I'm glad I didn't know.  I would have not been able to go through it.  Coming off of two TPLO surgeries, my brother dying suddenly from water on the brain and my mom nearly dying in April after hip replacement surgery - there is

4 February 2010 1:02 pm
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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
Forum: Ask A Vet!
Posts: 3
Views: 1858

…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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