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    Default Jodi is at the Vet's

    She is a Blue heeler/bcxxx mutt, lol.
    Will be 2 in October.
    Luxating patella with possibly a ruptured cruciate ligament.

    The last week she has been weight bearing then non weight bearing. No pain behaviour at all. I thought possible muscle strain.

    She will be xrayed and surgery is tomorrow.
    Have done heaps of homework and OMG, how on earth do people with a job, busy family life manage the care needed for the next 4 weeks?

    I am sooooo lucky. I am at home, can separate the dogs, now have a ramp out the back (previously one only out the front.) No wonder 48% have further damage during the healing process. Thank goodness for hubby who got onto making the ramp as soon as we got home.

    I hate so much that she is going through this. Have been told the other hind leg may go in the next year or so...means it is genetic is my guess.

    Thank goodness that out of the 3 of them she is the quietest. She thinks that the only reason for her existence is to be quietly near me wherever I am..including toilet supervision of me.

    She will be outside on a lead only, down the ramp to toilet.
    She usually does not jump onto the couch but she will be watched like a hawk. It will be more of a problem is she tries to jump up onto our high bed where she usually sleeps between us. (King sized bed)
    I will put her on a short tether around the middle leg of the bed with a comfy bed beside me.

    Not going to get a crate as she has been tethered like that beside me before when we were trialing ways to keep dogs inside as well as the cat. She didn't mind that at all as she was still near me.

    Well, I know what I will be doing for the next couple of months. Our holiday away has now been put on hold.

    I have nowhere to go bar an appointment on the 29th.

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    Oh. The vets could not get over how soft and glossy her coat was and that her teeth were perfect. Told them the dogs had their own 180 ltr upright freezer as I get bones in bulk, lol. They said yep. The bones would keep teeth clean.

    She is the one on the left of my sig. She is overweight but the other 2 are fine. I started her on a diet about a week ago too. She will have to be kept lean now.
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    I am so sorry to hear this news. Best of luck with the surgery.

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    What a bummer......But it sounds like you have everything thought out and under control.
    Get well soon Jodi

    I agree with the Bones, mine love their daily bones
    Pets are forever

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    How worrying Di!

    Get well Jodi!
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    Hi Di

    Was she doing zoomies when it all let go? I get worried about my dog doing zoomies but she's a dog - how protective could I be? Ie fun vs safety... erm. Hard choices. And of course the more you protect - the weaker they would be physically so more prone to injury. Can't win.

    Anyway I hope those dogs know how good they have it with you and yours.

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    Hey Di,

    Know exactly what you are in for, i'm 2 weeks and 4 days post TTO surgery on leg number one for Lilly! I run my own business 7 days a week and OH works an equal time roster out of town, the days he's home it's easy... the other days, thank god for grandparents, LOL (my folks).

    We purchased a crate and thank god, Lilly likes it! Cow hooves have been a god send.

    She has managed a few hair raising twirls when over excited even on a short lead. I had our local vet check stability at 2 weeks 2 days and she was very happy with the progress.

    We are heading to Bathurst in October so we are heading for leg number two's op after we return from that. With all the crate rest from the first surgery they assure me leg two won't be getting worse at the rate of knotts. Leg two went for us from over compensating for leg 1.

    Due to the shape of her tibial plateaus Lilly was very much predisposed to cruciate damage and she went the whole hog with a bilateral rupture in both legs. Jumping through a pile of old tyres I believe the first one was.

    Good luch getting through the rehab and lucky you for only 4 weeks, I have 6 weeks crate rest!

    Hope Jodi handles surgery well and doesn't mind the confinement of recovery too much.

    Thinking of you both
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    Thank you everyone. I am fortunate that she is a quiet dog and just loves being around me. Vet recons leg 2 may go too later due to overcompensation so she will be under close watch.

    Hy, I really have no idea how she did it. She is very much the underdog of the 3 and the other 2 race around doing zoomies but she hasn't for the last 6 months or so.
    She did from memory have the odd "skipping" gate..now and then the leg would be raised then a few paces later all was good. No pain behaviour at all.

    If this isn't just genetics then she got her leg caught in the fence when she was out the front going in and out a few feet to bark at the cows then retreating to the safety of our side when they walked towards her a week ago. I was watching most of the time as it was only a few meters away and it was amusing. I would have heard any yelp as the door was open. Certainly heard her having fun barking at them.

    She is not an athletic dog and never really has been.

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    genetics can make the system weaker or more prone, but if it's been all good for ages and then suddenly lets go - there's usually some triggering injury as well.

    loose joints can be genetic - and also more prone to injury - but again there has to be something that triggers it - a zig when there should have been a zag. And if the joint is weak or loose I guess it would take less force to stuff it up.

    And then my dad (the orthopod) said that ligaments take much longer to build strength than muscle - so athletes that spend a lot of time in the gym can build muscles strong enough to snap their own ligaments if they try too hard. Eg Cathy Watt taking off on her cycle managed to snap her own achillies. And footballers injure themselves this way - every week.

    If she's not that athletic, it may be that various joints are loose and running around like a mad thing isn't all that comfy for her. But it's not like an ACDx to complain, and in some cases, notice. sigh.

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    Oh Hy, she was the one we thought might be a swimmer pup. So roly poly and the last by a week to get onto her feet.

    Also totally my fault that she is so overweight. Mine have always grazed on kibble 24/7 for the last 30 years of dogs. That changed a week ago and they now all get separate measured feeds. She went off chicken a year ago. Won't eat it so when the others get a carcass she gets a bone. They also don't get them daily anymore. 1 each every 2-3 days. Am researching fillers..grated carrot etc if needed.

    They as of a week ago are on supercoat light/mature. I will be keeping with that but interested in it not being the major part of diet. Uggh, don't know what I mean, lol.
    I will know more of what is happening after 4pm tomorrow. No call from them before that is good.


    Bright ideas please people?
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