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Hello Everyone,

My 2 year old nutered male Brittany may need repair to his cranial cruciate ligament. Our local vet took x rays and I believe did the cranial drawer test. The x rays showed some joint effusion and the first diagnostic guess was a partial tear of the ccl. The problem may be complicated vby a fluxcating patella and I do not know the condition of meniscus or the extent of cartilage damage. He is currently on medication and rest.
We live in mid Michigan. Zippy is very active and we recently joined a sport/ hunting dog group." Zippy" loves to hunt and we want to do whatever it takes to hunt again.
If anyone can offer any information it would be greatly appreciated.
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Jerry and Zippy
 

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Hello Everyone,

My 2 year old nutered male Brittany may need repair to his cranial cruciate ligament. Our local vet took x rays and I believe did the cranial drawer test. The x rays showed some joint effusion and the first diagnostic guess was a partial tear of the ccl. The problem may be complicated vby a fluxcating patella and I do not know the condition of meniscus or the extent of cartilage damage. He is currently on medication and rest.
We live in mid Michigan. Zippy is very active and we recently joined a sport/ hunting dog group." Zippy" loves to hunt and we want to do whatever it takes to hunt again.
If anyone can offer any information it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Jerry and Zippy
I'm sorry to hear about those troubles. I think you should discuss the options with your vet, and get a second opinion if you feel it's necessary; however I do think there may be some value in hearing what some folks on here have done in a similar situation. Have you asked your vet if he/she recommends having it looked at by a soft tissue specialist? Some vets in some of these ligament tear situations will opine that surgery is not necessary, but I've noticed that's usually only in the situation of dogs that are not very active and/or are in their elder years.

As a side note, I'm just going to tell you to stand ready to answer questions as to when you had your dog neutered....

Best of luck. I hope Zippy has a full and speedy recovery.
 

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went through this a few years back, 3 times. ok forget the neuter questions, that ship sailed. yes I had a sound hunter back when done. 1st time they left the meniscus in. caused 3rd surgery, second was on the other knee. the recovery is what I will talk about. at that time I lived on the river. Daily swimming increasing the duration was the best recovery in my opinion. hope that will help. had a great dog. then front leg cancer toke him.
 

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Sorry to hear this Jerry, he is one of the nicest, most promising new dogs we have seen this year. Might consider second opinion from a place that does this kind of thing. Better images and testing better opinions.
 

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Jerry,

How is Zippy doing? The guys from GLSDA are hoping that Zippy has a speedy recovery. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you guys.
 

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1st, I would recommend seeing an orthopedic surgeon for an opinion--there's a reason that the surgeons are board certified and also they have waaaay more experience with this than a general practitioner. A vet at my general practitioner's office missed what was a clear drawer test on my dog who had an ACL tear. She was an incredibly active Australian Cattle Dog and so I opted for the TPLO surgery. Generally more expensive than the other but well worth it. Much more stable whereas the other version with basically fishing line can break and need to be redone. I followed all the recovery and physical therapy protocol closely, and it's been nearly 4 years now. No issues, she has gone back to all her normal activity, plays disc even competitively, and has had no problem with the other back leg.
 

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1st, I would recommend seeing an orthopedic surgeon for an opinion--there's a reason that the surgeons are board certified and also they have waaaay more experience with this than a general practitioner. A vet at my general practitioner's office missed what was a clear drawer test on my dog who had an ACL tear. She was an incredibly active Australian Cattle Dog and so I opted for the TPLO surgery. Generally more expensive than the other but well worth it. Much more stable whereas the other version with basically fishing line can break and need to be redone. I followed all the recovery and physical therapy protocol closely, and it's been nearly 4 years now. No issues, she has gone back to all her normal activity, plays disc even competitively, and has had no problem with the other back leg.

THANKS. Your comments give me hope.
 

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I have a 6 year old lab that I found the same thing out month and half ago. My biggest fear is the other leg having the same thing done to it down the road
 
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