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    I will ask my friend who has two dogs who have had joint surgery - who she likes.

    I know there are a lot of specialists at the surgery on Magill road and there is a vet - physio on port road, and there are some more specialist vets and therapists that the greyhound community use - who would be good on big dogs but not so much on the tiny ones.

    For the greyhound vet recommendation - I'd phone the number on this site and ask them if they know anybody (that knows anybody)

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    I'll get back to you on the border collies joint specialists.

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    Yes it's the surgery on Magill Road they mentioned. There seems to be another one on Marion Road but they couldn't find their details and were getting back to me. The Magill Rd surgery seems ok at first sight because they don't seem to favor one particular procedure but offer the whole range of procedures... depending on what's best suitable for the particular dog. Or at least that's what it says on their website. I kind of like a more general (holistic) approach over a personal specialisation of the Vet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    What happened to Neros sis couldn't sway our Vet's professional opinion. He says it's a quite common condition, and many dogs have a (faulty) bone structure that is prone for this kind of injury - so there may well be our family connection. There may also well be the second knee at risk : ( In any case we're now officially considering surgery. He said they wouldn't do it themselves, which is a bit of a bummer. I was hoping Nero could at least be comforted by a few familiar faces. They would refer him to another place in town, the 'Adelaide Specialist and Referral Centre' was named. Does anyone here happen to have experience with these guys?

    So now I'm thinking I better start preparing. This dog has never set paw into a crate - but he'll need to post OP. I was thinking of one of these plane-proof plastic crates, rather than a mesh one because they have a bit of a 'cave' feel and he likes caves. Is there anything important to consider on crates? Something I need to avoid at all cost?
    Your vet is wise, cruciate surgery in my opinion is best done by a specialist. I have a friend who is a very good vet and she always gets her favourite orthovet to do all her dogs' ortho surgery over the years. Her dogs are top performance dogs and she consults with specialist every time. I had an orthovet do my dog's cruciates, I would not consider any other option.

    With the crates I used a mesh crate, but any crate where there is no chance of him getting out. Cruciate surgery can go horribly wrong if you are not scrupulous with the recovery process, regardless of which method you choose and there are at least 3 methods. Everything hinges on the first 6 weeks and boy did I get some grey hairs during that phase the first time round in particular. Mind you the first time round I didnt have a crate, but I had a very secure bathroom and plenty of non slip rugs. You will generally work it out.

    Yes indeed dogs that are straight in the stifle and heavy are particularly prone hence the family connection.

    If you are interested my dog had TPLO surgery on both her legs so I am very familiar with the rehab and recovery process and my dog was back running agility in 5 months.
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    My friend with the border collies - said that the vet that did them has retired (how rude).

    I've heard mixed stories about the Marion Road practice and even tho they're closer to me - I would avoid them if at all possible.

    If I get any more updates - I will let you know.

    When you say "regional SA" - that wouldn't happen to be the bit close to Victoria - cos you might get a better choice there...

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    Thanks Hya, no we're not that regional. We're in in Maccy, not far from Strathalbyn. So it's definitely going to be Adelaide.

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    maccy - hmm, not far from meadows home of best bakery

    or from tip tree or top spot (where Frosty has sometimes boarded).

    So gawler / Virginia where the greyhounds are is not going to be at all convenient.

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    Best bakery? Meadows? How long ago have you been here? maybe I missed something but I always thought its pretty ordinary. Or do you mix it up with the argus house in strath? Unfortunately closed because the owner couldn't cope with the masses of adelaidians anymore who turned up every weekend blocking everything in search of the meanest brownies ever. Honestly... I went on a chocolate withdrawal when she closed down.

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    Ok it might have been a couple of years. But it was on the way to herding class (and a friends place near Wistow).

    I get the pies or pasties and the Kitchener buns. Has it gone downhill. I don't get as far as Strathalbyn very often. Even if I'm going from Goolwa to Adelaide...


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    We've finally done it. After his sister was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and we had successfully convinced ourselves that it can't be his knee and has to be his hip, we've had him x-ray'd to be sure. It's his knee!

    So know he is scheduled for ACL surgery on Tuesday 29th September. Until then we'll be busy with preparations, such as covering the slippery bamboo flooring in the whole damn house somehow, building a ramp for the car/deck and making my office 'invalid proof', i.e. I'll be finding (where???) a place for the sofa he loves to sleep on because he won't be allowed to jump up anything. for SIX WEEKS!!

    I'll be such a mess on Tuesday...
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