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ALL input is always helpful! And goodness knows, you are coming from a well intended and loving place! Leaving no stone unturned is a good thing around here!

Extra treats to Pofi and Mia today 🙂

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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hester said
Corbie is a beautiful, cheeky lad!  Love the photos and the vid.

Curious about what you said about a vet mentioning nerve tumor and whether that has been ruled out – is there a pain response somewhere with pressure?  I know the MRI was mentioned and it is a very expensive procedure, but can be fairly definitive.  I ask because that is my dog’s cancer and he was intermittently lame with other “red herring” issues that were assumed to be the source of pain and the reason he eventually stopped all weight bearing on the leg.  So we found his nerve sheath tumor very late and a normally slow growing tumor became very aggressive and large and metastasized to a local lymph node.  I am NOT trying to scare you – I have struggled for days with saying anything at all.

He does look so happy!!  

That’s ok, I don’t mind you mentioning it and sorry to hear your dog has that cancer 🙁  It was just one of the options the orthopaedic surgeon mentioned, as he had no idea why Corbie wouldn’t use the leg, after giving him thorough examinations and xrays.  

He had definitely torn the cruciate ligament when he slipped, just as he was healing from his initial injury and his limp had almost gone. Surgery revealed ligament was 10% torn, so not a huge amount but enough to be painful for him.  We were about to start trying to get him into hydrotherapy before that happened.

The surgeon also said many people choose not to MRI and, if we did, they probably wouldn’t be able to do anything anyway way-confused We both decided not to put him through any more procedures/surgeries – if the initial TPLO had failed we would’ve done it at the time, but it was all ok, I was shown all the xrays and saw the plate and screws all in place.  

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Glad you all enjoyed the photos and video of my handsome boy!

I think he needs psycho therapy more than anything, he’s far too clever for his own good !  

Where I live we’re lucky that his massage therapist is quite close, as they are few and far between in Scotland!  

It has been a relief to see him using it to swim. A friend told me that her Lab who also had a cruciate op (TTA version) would stop using the leg when swimming and had to get her to go in tight circles so she would use it.

Corbie had a very good weekend, on Saturday he used his leg the most I’ve seen in a long time, not lots but touching down and bouncing on it – mind you, he met a gorgeous 3 year old Rottie X when he was swimming at the loch, and she wanted to play with him, then it was kisses in the ears… they didn’t want to leave each other when it was time to go home laughing He may be an oldie but it seems he’s still got it laughing

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Yes you’re definitely lucky to have the massage therapist nearby. Nice!
He’s an oldie and a goodie! Sounds like he’s got a new lady friend!

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
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