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I'm sorry you are having these issues with therapists, I would think that in Austin you wouldn't. Weird!

Also, if anyone has experienced TPLO recovery with a tripawd, I’d love to know more about how your recovery went.

Sally can definitely chime in there! Stay tuned.

25 October 2020 1:55 pm
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…are a little over 4 weeks out from the TPLO surgery and Petra is doing well but not walking/using leg much. We’ve gone to PT a few times where she does the underwater treadmill and other…

…try them even though they do not have the credentials.

Would love to hear any thoughts on getting a wheelchair
. Also, if anyone has experienced TPLO recovery with a tripawd, I’d love to know more about how your recovery went. I’m pretty bummed Petra is not walking yet. Thank god for the pandemic

24 October 2020 5:42 pm
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In this video, and of I recall correctly, Frankie already had a crucite repair surgery on one of his remaining back legs and then a year later, a TPLO surgery  on the other

A blind dog and a tripawd enjoying life ro the fullest!

12 October 2020 2:20 pm
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…out of the bedroom he pulled ahead of me.  I’m a little concerned because now he’s a little whinney.  He has never been a whiner even after the two TPLOs and broken femur.  He stops whining as soon as I come over and talk to him so maybe he’s bored??   I tried to give him a frozen bone and he

2 October 2020 9:53 am
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…you so much!!!!  We’re leaning towards proceeding with the surgery.  Sorry for being unclear - both TPLOs are good - he’s had one on each leg. He had one in 2017 on the left then in Nov, 2019, we went to do the right leg. That surgery went fine but…

…his left femur broke overnight so he had to have surgery on the left femur after getting the right TPLO done. It was a lot to handle.  I actually started sodding my patio to give him a short walk from bed / potty since I live in a condo building -

27 September 2020 5:11 pm
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…cow!!!  WOW!  Jist WOaw!  Two TPLO on the same leg....then the other leg fractured  on the same day as the  second TPLO surgery???   Have to say, do ot recall anyone here with those exact  circumstances!!

This is one of those  "forced choice" situations where…

…the Orthopedic Surgeon believes Kit is a good candidate, that's  helpful to know.  And YAY for good xrays!!

Curious, how long between the first TPLO and the second?  Was there a particular  "reason" that the first one failed?  

I can tell you that, of you've already been through those previous

27 September 2020 4:27 pm
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…it seems that Surgeons always are overly optimistic  about how quickly  at dog will be mobile after an amputation,  and equally  as optimistic  after TPLO surgery, whether it's  the remaining  leg or not!!  As Petra said, that's  not the case!!

Your boy is a "mature" fella and he's not a "light…

…k pwmot is soooo ja4d to be patient,  but this is a hurdle that, with time and patience,  Cooper will work through.

I just had my four legger have TPLO surgery and it  was a couple of weeks before she would stop trying to hold that leg up while walking  or standing  still or getting up.  It was…


I would use the pain meds as  long as necessary, over the next several weeks, even if at a reduced amount.  The reason a dog is not using  the TPLO leg is because  it still hurts to do so.  Obviously  this soon after surgery  it's gonna hurt anyway just from the pain of the surgery  itself. Of

27 September 2020 4:07 pm
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…what is best for him no matter what. My gut says he’ll be standing up the day after surgery being “Kip”.  He’s been such a good patient after the TPLO/femur surgery which was a big one.  After about 1-2 weeks, he starts to return to normal.  Just don’t want to push my luck with him


27 September 2020 3:43 pm
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…pup but we are now at the point we are having to consider amputation. Kip is a 105 pd lab/rottie mix.  About a year ago he went in for his 2nd TPLO on his right hind leg and overnight, he stood up and his OTHER femur (the left) broke - the next day we did an emergency surgery to fix the left…

…back as an osteosarcoma.  I brought him home with essentially two broken hind legs.  We took care of him and he got so strong!  Because of the TPLO on the right, we couldn’t do an immediate amputation so we did the limb sparing efforts with palliative radiation and chemo.  Kip was a champ and

27 September 2020 12:12 pm
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…Cooper beginning to put weight on the leg again, even if just for a few seconds. It’s hard not to compare and worry. Petra is now 3 days out from TPLO on remaining back leg and I was hoping we would be in better shape at this point. She is still not sleeping through the night—it is like having a

27 September 2020 11:28 am
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… Around which I think was the appropriate thing to do.

I am hoping to connect with anyone who has a large rear leg tripod and just went through tplo surgery to the other rear leg.  We are now in day 10 post surgery and I am getting a bit discouraged as I read about other dogs who are able to

27 September 2020 8:22 am
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…can wear over the shoulder for added leverage, sounds like the option you mentioned, Sally.

Cooper and family, wow, sounds like a tough start to TPLO recovery. When did Cooper did lose his other back leg? Petra is about 9 months out from her amputation. From everything I've read, the first two

25 September 2020 2:53 pm
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…Oh my gosh.  Is there really someone else out there who has a tripod whose remaining back leg just had tplo surgery.  

Hi Cooper and family. Welcome. I'm in the Tripawds Chat
for a bit if you want to talk or have a tour of the community (You can

25 September 2020 11:43 am
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…my gosh.  Is there really someone else out there who has a tripod whose remaining back leg just had tplo surgery.  I'm a new member and trying to figure out this new wonderful tripawds so please bear with me. Our 93 lb Cooper just had the surgery 8

25 September 2020 11:36 am
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…at first.    Yes, you have a challenge on your hands, that's for sure.  But you and Petra are a strong team and you WILL get pass this!  The TPLO's are strong and hold well.  The recovery  time requires a lot of patience, especially in Petra's case!

Now, try and get some rest!  This has

25 September 2020 10:21 am
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The first one was what they call a "fishing  line" surgery.  When the second surgery was needed for the other leg, I was able to do the TPLO surfery which, in my unprofessional opinion is a vetter, stronger option.  Frankie did seem to recover faster with the TPLO

If I recall, he was…

…be as good as new!   If she is tolerant of the sling or a harness at first, , that's  going to be a big help.  

Let us know how we can help.  TPLO is the best route and will get your sweet Petra good results!!

Extra hugs!!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too

23 September 2020 2:51 pm
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Anyway, we had consult with bd certified ortho this morning and got confirmation that she has a complete CCL tear and meniscus tear, so we are doing TPLO tomorrow morning. Doc said she will likely be able to bear more weight on the leg immediately after surgery than she is able to currently (I’m

23 September 2020 12:26 pm
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…story: Betty (5/6yr Pit Bull) was diagnosed with OSA in early June. Amputated front right leg June 25th. Her recovery was a breeze (compared to TPLO surgery). She adjusted to life on three legs very well. Betty's treatment plan was 4 sessions of carboplatin chemo. She also handled the chemo

13 September 2020 11:42 pm
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… just wanted to ditto what Jerry said about holding off on the ROM. I have a tripawd who has had TPLO sutgery on both rear legs and a four legger withaTPLO on one of her legs.  In both cases, I was instructed NOTto do any of the Rehab (outlined on

21 August 2020 9:03 pm
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…an appt with PT but the first available is 9/8 for a consult. It’s the only one I could find in the state and I have a friend who used them after tplo surgery and really liked them. They also explained their cleaning practices and that there is never really two dogs together which was one of the

21 August 2020 12:49 pm
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…repair surgery for my tripawd Frankie done by my regular veterinarian, I took him to vrcc for aftercare for the first night. 

Frankie also had tplo surgery done there, as well as spending four nights and five days there for an overdose of rimadyl. So yeah, I'm real familiar with vrcc and highly

15 June 2020 10:08 pm
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…has tweaked just about every part of his legs. 

Jumping ahead, IF...IF it's a cruciate  injury  that requires surgery, definitely  go with the TPLO.  It's a more exp route (of course) and requirs a higher skill than what a "regular " Bet does with the "other" surgery  that is sometimes  called

15 April 2020 9:46 am
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…that I really didn't want. 

  I took my 7 year old Rotty Ziva to the Vet on Wednesday due to a limp she has had for about a week. 

Ziva had TPLO surgery about two years ago, so I was assuming she did something similar to her front leg. No such luck. She has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.

10 April 2020 10:15 pm
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… in addition to being a front legger  tripawd, he had a crucite knee repair aurgery kn ine resr lev, and then a year later, a cruciate  surgery (TPLO) on the other rear.  Then, a couple of months ago he had surgery  to remove the apparatus stuff from the first surgery.  I say all this to say he

…two years ago.  It was what they call the "fish line technique".   A year later his other rear leg had cruciate  aurgery.  This time it was the TPLO type.  Now, two years after the first surgery, it failed.  He basically was walking on one front leg and one back leg (both on the same side). …

…..a slim possibility,  but still maybe a possibility. It's worth asking the professionals if Poochi could go ahead and have the cruciate  surfery (TPLO and the, about a mo th later go ahead with the amputation???    Frankie recovered  from the TPLO surgery "relatively"  quickly.  Anyway, just

…of the crimp and nylon implant and appropriate antibiotic therapy does not improve symptoms and the use of the leg, then corrective Osteoomy  ( tplo)of the left knee may need to be considered.

Thank you cery much again❤

10 March 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Ask A Vet!
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…have heard of taking out the metal hardware for TPLO or TTA if there is an infection but I have not seen infection this far out from a lateral suture.  Is there a small piece of metal still in there? 

5 March 2020 7:56 am
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…I to  consideration he's a tripawd with two rear leg surgeries and lots of the dreaded arthritis.

Even if I Mrs Bill Gates, he didn't  feel like a TPLO was an option in large part because  of the arthritis, as well as not having unaltered bone to work with.  He would be very hesitant  to consider…

… for that type of "fishing line" surgery to be effective (70 lbs). It is a much less expensive  surgery, HOWEVER, if you have a choice between a TPLO and the fishing line technique,  I would go with the TPLO IF possible!  That's not to say a smaller dog it may be absolutely  fine and last a long…

…time!  But a larger tripawd, based on my experience  only, the TPLO is the way to go with a Board Certified  Orthopedic Surgeon  who has done huge numbers of them.

Sooooo.......has of now, Frankie is  going

…for probably at least six years (adopted him thst way).   Had cruciate fishing line technique  aurgery on one rear leg two  years ago.  Had TPLO  surgery kon other resr leg one year  ago.  The TPLO leg was a better outcome for him (knocking on wood non stop).   Leg appears to have full

15 February 2020 10:02 am
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…thing.  Hes's been offloading  onto his other two legs more and more the past month, or maybe more on the front leg and the other rear leg that had TPLO a year ago.  

I sensed "something was happening" with the offloading  and rhe way he holds that leg out straight  and to the side.  I  wanted to

4 February 2020 4:10 pm
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