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Bogie had been limping on and off every day for about a week, so I thought it was time for a vet visit. The vet figured out that his knee is swollen in a way that is consistent with a partially torn ACL. He is going to have x-rays first thing in the morning to verify whether that is the case. Does anyone have any experience with this?
 

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My only experience was with Copper. Her case was mild enough that we were able to heal it with crate rest and (I believe) anti-inflammatories.

I think that surgery is frequently required, and it's NOT cheap.
 

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Our German Shepherd (ATB) had a torn ACL and we had the surgery done for him. I can't remember what it cost as it was many years ago but he did heal very nicely. We had to build a little ramp for the three steps to go outside and he had to use that for a number of weeks. However, now I think depending on the severity of the problem that I would hesitate to have the surgery done as there are so many people who have been able to successfully avoid surgery with strict crate rest as well as using some type of brace for the dog.
One other thing if this is what Bogie has I would put him on glucosamine/chrondroitin/msm supplement as well as a very good quality fish oil. Both will help with arthritis and inflammation.
I hope Bogie will be okay and be sure to keep us posted.
 

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So the xrays and more manipulation while Bogie was sedated showed that he does have a partially, but not fully torn ACL. My regular vet had the surgeon that was on call today check him out and he thought he felt something odd about the way his hip on the same side was moving, but he has full extension and rotation of the hip, so they are both less concerned about that.

For now, rest, very little activity and anti inflammatory(rimadyl) for a week. My vet suggested a surgical consult with an orthopedic specialist just to see if another doctor may have any other ideas of what might be causing the lameness. But she was confident that surgery isn't necessary at this point because with enough time it should be able to heal on its own. She also recommended a physical therapist that isn't too far away that she really likes and think may be able to help if just staying off his feet isn't enough.

I've been giving him a glucosamine supplement for most of the time i've had him since he is bowlegged in the front, and all the vets have warned that he will get arthritis pretty early in life because of it. The good news is that the xrays didn't show any signs of arthritis yet, which I had been worried about.

Thanks for your responses!

Bogie was never crate trained because when I adopted him he was terrified of the crate - the rescue and foster were pretty sure he was just locked inside one for days or more at a time without anything when he was a puppy. My plan was to keep him on a leash near me when I was home to keep him from running and jumping around, and limiting him to one room while I am gone. He typically just stays in bed when left alone all day anyway. Does anyone have any other confinement ideas?
 

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You might try an exercise pen (X-pen) that povides confinement, but wouldn't be as scary as a crate to your Bogie. Our Bogie completely snapped his ACL and had to have surgical repair. He was crated the first two weeks, due to the vets instructions of absolutely no moving except for potty time. We did use the x-pen for confinement while he healed after the first two weeks. It worked well and might be a solution to help keep your Bogie confined for healing. Good luck and keep us posted on how he does.

Bogie Carter in the x-pen.
 

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The rimadyl has significantly reduced the limping and his discomfort! My vet still wants me to bring him to a orthopedic surgeon just to see if they can figure out whether it really is his ACL or something in his hip, so that is next week. In the meantime, he decided to get an infection in his cheek to get more cookies from his new friend, the vet! :eek:
 

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Glad to hear he is doing better with the limping and pain. Sorry to hear he is now having another problem. Let us know how he makes out. Feel better Bogie!
 

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Today was the trip to the surgeon to see what he says. Even though his limping has seemed to go mostly away, he's obviously still in pain after today's vet was feeling his knee. He is sure it is a partially torn ACL and thinks surgery is the best option. My regular vet thought since he is on the small side, physical therapy and a lot of rest might help, but the surgeon doesn't think so. I plan on trying to find another vet with experience in this for another opinion before I make my final decision, but I have a feeling Bogie will be having the surgery. :(
 

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I found another specialist in the area who thought with a whole lot of rest, we could successfully avoid surgery. I borrowed a gigantic crate from a greyhound loving friend, spent a couple of weeks crate training Bogie and limiting his walking. Now a month or so of limited activity, and he's doing okay. He hasn't been on the rimadyl regularly for a couple weeks - only getting it on bad days, but he has only had 2 of those. He's definitely feeling better because the other day he started running around the house again (once I caught him he stopped!) He has also started to scratch himself with the left leg again and lift the opposite leg when doing his business, both of which he had completely stopped. So hopefully after another month or so he'll be able to enjoy summer walks! I'm also planning on taking him to the lake here once its warmed up and getting him to swim for exercise (with his life jacket) since he seemed to enjoy it last summer.

I'm incredibly relieved, except that he's definitely put on a couple of pounds from all the bones he's been eating a sleeping he's been doing.
 

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Great News!!!!!!!!! I hope things continue to go well for Bogie.
 
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