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Chaka is broken (my chocolate lab)
« on: July 21, 2015, 11:33:10 PM »
Well my chocolate lab blew her ACL.
Proving to me my redneck ways have passed to some extent, we opted for surgery to fix it, not the 8 cent solution my old self would have chosen.
It's funny how we truly love our best friends.



She is not a happy camper, and is looking at an eight week recovery and then rehab.
Needless to say I'm praying for this to work out for us/her and she can continue her life with us for many years to come.
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I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2015, 01:05:43 AM »
Aww poor pup. Hope she's on the up and up soon! Will say a prayer for quick recovery


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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2015, 07:15:17 AM »
Sorry to hear that.  Yes they are a part of the family and when the time eventually comes to put them down, it's a tough duty that usually falls to the dad.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2015, 07:30:00 AM »
She'll heal- its key to get all excess weight off her and to NOT let them exert themselves.  Swimming is the best way to let her get active again.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2015, 11:05:21 AM »
^^ what he said. Our godson's parents have a Staffordshire/rhodesian ridgeback monster that blew out his ACL playing with my lab, Cooper. They did the surgery but didn't restrict his movement well, and he blew out the other ACL a few weeks later from putting all his weight on the good leg. He's still around, but worth about $10k now.
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2015, 11:28:50 AM »
Sorry to hear that. I hope it heals quick! Members of the family for sure.

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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2015, 01:00:09 PM »
These mutts get into our very souls I would suspect

Hope the doggie heals quickly

Can you get it addicted to liquor in the meantime to ease the pain?
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2015, 04:08:03 PM »
Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers guys.
Yes she will be on a short leash for the next few weeks for sure.
Then hope to get her back in the water. But not too soon.
For the above mentioned reason that we don't need the other one gone too.

She'll be good mama is off for the summer, school secretary, so all should go well.
Yes she likes beer, but not a good idea. Lol.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2015, 05:04:26 PM »
about a month ago I had my GSD start limping really bad.  took him in and they said he sprained his ACL/MCL (one of them) and that he just needed to relax for a week or so.
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2015, 08:59:39 PM »
I do believe the Lord puts them in our lives to give us comfort and companionship....

Or was that woman....

Just kidding folks, please no hate mail....

I can see it now.  NOW bombards the site and shuts it down over that statement.
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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2015, 12:09:54 PM »
We had her in a couple weeks ago for X-rays.
Ruptured ACL. Referral to one of the best (supposedly/apparently) surgeons.
He did a TPOL or some sort of acronym like that.
Cut the joint and rotate it 6.5 degrees. Steel plate to reconnect. Fixed up the ACL and the partially damaged MCL. Put all the pieces back together and stapled it shut.
The rotation of the joint is to free up the knee with all the repair work done. It will allow full motion of the leg and foot once healed they say, or something to that effect.

She is basically confined to her kennel, or cuddled up with one of us to rest and heal.
I now have ramps at both the house and cabin so she doesn't have to deal with stairs.
The physical therapy has already started, just range of motion without a lot of stretch for now.
She knows that it's fixed now, but I am sure it is sore, and she is still not using it. To me that is a good thing. I'm glad she's not a male, as the towel under the belly to keep the weight off would be in the way of a male taking a pee.
We're in good spirits, so is Chaka, but summer is going to be a whole lot slower than we would all like. I was supposed to be going to our military shooting competition in September, and as of right now that is all on hold. I'm afraid it may be too much for mama, but it is still early and time will tell.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2015, 04:08:35 PM »
Well things were looking great, then the other night we noticed she has licked part of the incision open.
Dr's orders were to let he 'swim', more wade in the water, but what's a dog do after a swim?
LICK, and lick, and lick. well she opened up a couple 1/2 inch or so spots.
So its back in the head cone for a few days again, a little shave by the open spots, and steri-strips to hold it shut again.

This was a couple days ago now, and as of last night, they were sealed up again, and looking good.
Just hard to keep a pup down for so long! Especially when so young and active.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2015, 06:31:48 PM »
I feel yah man, my first shepherd was 18months old when he underwent a $4k hip dysplasia (and that was with my sisters employee discount at the vet clinic (thank you DR Forney in lincoln ne)) and he was literally drugged stupid for the first 2-3 weeks while wearing the cone.
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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2015, 06:41:04 PM »
Opening isn't always a bad thing- allows for drainage etc. and sometimes just leave em open and they heal quickly.  Glad she's acting according to the type of recovery you hope for!  Hold her back as much/long as possible and keep her on a skinny diet track for continued stability and long-term healing. 👍
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2015, 07:31:49 PM »
Yeah, she's doing good.
Open may be the wrong term, but the incision unzipped a bit.
It's not a bad thing for sure.
Just want it all healed up and back to normal for all of our sakes.
When she blew it out, she knew immediately something was wrong, and still is taking it easy, so it's good. Funny how they know they're hurt, but she did, and hopefully we make the next couple months and then we're golden.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2015, 01:10:58 PM »
Glad she's doing better. funny how they know they are hurt is a truism. Cooper took a hard knock to his head on the river last weekend. almost 7 years old, and still in good shape, but sliding down a big boulder and cracking his head on another rock probably wasn't planned. Rung his bell pretty good, actually had some wobbly legs for a few minutes, had momma pretty scared. He walked over to the sand and flopped down, did some heavy breathing, and about 5 min later he was racing after the ducks that had tried to land near us down the river. I figure if he was concussed or something worse he'd have let me know;-)
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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2015, 08:38:45 PM »
So a little update.
Chaka is doing very well.
We've managed to keep her weight in check this far.
She's definitely feeling better, wanting to run jump all the good healthy dog stuff again.

It's still too early for all that, and we're still on a leash, and she hates it.
Good news is she can swim, and thankfully that does almost enough for her.
The incision is all healed up now so she's as good to go as can be for the time being.

Still another couple months to go though.
We've got X-rays coming up in three weeks that will tell the tale on how we've done.
Hoping for the best.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2015, 08:49:38 PM »
Thanks for the update.  Hoping for the best
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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2015, 09:55:22 PM »
Mike you have a genuine love for your animals

That's a good thing
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« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2015, 10:37:16 PM »
Mike you have a genuine love for your animals

That's a good thing
Yes I think Mike does too.
I really do as well. Heck I'd have never guessed I would do this for a pet.
Well, they are part of our family, can't shoot 'em cause well they're family.

So here we are. 
The million dollar hound. Oh well.

The love they show us, it's the least I could do for her.
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« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2015, 10:39:16 PM »
So another little update.
We were out for he 8 week X-rays a week late, the vet said that was ok and it fit our schedule.
They were good, healing well, no complications.
Hooray for us, got through the worst of it ok.
As of a few days ago she was GTG by the vet. (12 week mark)
I'm still hesitant to let her go nuts. We've been watching her closely, slowly the strength has been returning to her leg. I'm not sold yet that she's 100%, but slowly she is losing the leash and being a dog again. The last couple days I've been seeing the wobble disappearing.

What a happy dog, running and jumping up and just plain happy again!
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2015, 11:44:21 PM »
Great update! Glad to hear pup is recovering nicely. Thanks for sharing Sam


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« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2015, 07:45:50 AM »
Great to hear!

Maybe get her in the water for some low impact exercise before the water gets too cold?
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« Reply #23 on: October 15, 2015, 09:04:35 AM »
Cool!
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« Reply #24 on: October 15, 2015, 11:14:19 AM »
That's awesome man, thanks for updating us.
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« Reply #25 on: October 15, 2015, 11:47:16 AM »
now if you can stop trying to cut YOUR leg off, you both would be good..;D
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« Reply #26 on: October 15, 2015, 01:58:28 PM »
LOL- put Sam on a short leash on only let him out to pee and stretch his good leg?
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« Reply #27 on: October 15, 2015, 05:30:34 PM »
Great to hear!

Maybe get her in the water for some low impact exercise before the water gets too cold?
That is actually all she was able to do at first. She is always in wading and poking about in the water. Not quite so deep last weekend though, water temp down to 46 already. We try to get her even just to the beach everyday we can, and I guess it worked.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2015, 05:32:10 PM »
now if you can stop trying to cut YOUR leg off, you both would be good..;D
Ha ha!
That's not in the plan to ever do again. Way to close for comfort there.
Not sure exactly how that lapse in motor skills happened but once was enough.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2015, 09:25:10 PM »
Well gents. Final instalment here.

Chaka had the green light waiting after the last X-rays.
That would have been three weeks ago I believe.
We kept her slow up till about a week ago, then let her be a dog again.
She's over did it a couple times since, but is doing real good.

13 or 14 weeks on a leash was pure hell for her, and us for that matter.
But she's one healthy happy dog these days!
Thanks for all the support throughout this!
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2015, 11:26:37 AM »
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« Reply #31 on: November 02, 2015, 07:40:04 PM »
So you now have the $6 Million Dollar Dog.....

Good news. 
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« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2017, 03:04:37 PM »
Well, a new chapter for the 6 million dollar hound.

When we returned from our cruise and picked the dogs up we let them out for their run like always.
Wouldn't you know it Chaka slipped on some ice and today the X-rays show she blew her other ACL.

So waiting to hear from the surgeon if I go home or back to the city...

We want it done sooner than later as at the end of March we are heading to Europe on a school trip on Canada and the wars, including Juno Beach, Vimy Ridge etc. We need as much of the hard times over for whoever ends up watching her now... I really don't want to miss this trip.

Ah, the love of our four legged friends.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #33 on: February 21, 2017, 03:11:10 PM »
Good luck Sam, and Chaka. Hope it turns out well. I've been doctoring one of my shop dogs after the other 2 (all rotties) decided to try and dismember her from head to toe. A neighbor saw a homeless woman throw some food over the fence after I had left. It started ww3.
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« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2017, 05:14:39 PM »
Sorry to hear that.....dog problems are no fun.

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« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2017, 05:16:56 PM »
That sucks Sam. I'm sorry to hear it for both of you. My old man is still running around like a pup at 8 and I'm concerned about injuries like this. Hope recovery is speedy.
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« Reply #36 on: February 21, 2017, 06:14:07 PM »
Sorry Sam. $6.1M now


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« Reply #37 on: February 21, 2017, 07:46:32 PM »
Sorry for the puppy.

I hate it when these dogs of ours get injured or are in pain.
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« Reply #38 on: February 21, 2017, 08:46:12 PM »
Crappy news Sam & Ken, must be a bad animal weekend - friends Stallion died of a heart attack mid gallop at a field trial Monday- slowed enough for him to get out of the saddle as it dropped dead.
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« Reply #39 on: February 22, 2017, 11:07:59 AM »
Sorry to hear Ken.

The good news of this injury is it is relatively painless for them.
She knows it's hurt, and is barely using it.
Bad news is surgery date is about a month away.
Now we need to decide whether to do it before the trip and I don't go.
Here lies the $5k question, if I can get my money back I don't go, otherwise I think we wait till I'm back...

But it's a total pain in the butt, she can't do stairs, never walked them one at a time like a 'normal' dog does, but runs them 2-3 at a time. So I need to build the ramps again.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #40 on: February 22, 2017, 12:20:15 PM »
Sam, is there another Vet that can do it sooner?  Month is a long time for the pieces/parts to be curled up and shrinking from lack of use.  What about shipping to the states?  I know of a Vet who's husband is a UPS/FedEx pilot - want me to inquire about "shipping and surgery" package?  The live north of Louisville, KY in Shawn's old state, IN.  Let me know and I'll see what's possible.
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« Reply #41 on: February 22, 2017, 01:15:31 PM »
Sam, is there another Vet that can do it sooner?  Month is a long time for the pieces/parts to be curled up and shrinking from lack of use.  What about shipping to the states?  I know of a Vet who's husband is a UPS/FedEx pilot - want me to inquire about "shipping and surgery" package?  The live north of Louisville, KY in Shawn's old state, IN.  Let me know and I'll see what's possible.
We have another option for March first. Just not sure, this one was the number two pick's study, and not sure what we want to do. I'll run it by 6, but I think we've relegated to the same surgeon as he did a bang up job on the other, and would hate for anything less this time.

In speaking with the vet, option one, and two, none were really concerned about the timeline. Yes, you bring good points, and those questions were asked for those reasons.
It is an extremely long recovery 13-14 weeks no nothin, and was likely a year before I would have said she was 100%.
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« Reply #42 on: March 03, 2017, 09:22:54 PM »
I did a boxers legs a few years ago.  I was warned once I did one leg the second would go bad. 



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« Reply #43 on: March 03, 2017, 09:32:08 PM »
Yeah, stats show 40-50% that it will go in 12-18 months.

Hope you have better luck than me...
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« Reply #44 on: March 04, 2017, 02:41:21 PM »
We ended up doing both. Just about a year apart than two years after he got cancer and we had to put him down.


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Re: Chaka is broken (my chocolate lab)
« Reply #45 on: March 04, 2017, 05:38:29 PM »
Ah crap, that sucks.
Yeah, bones, knees etc. I will do.
The long term suffering ones, I couldn't do to my dog.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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Re: Chaka is broken (my chocolate lab)
« Reply #46 on: April 05, 2017, 08:42:57 AM »
Well it's surgery day today.
Praying for this one to go as good as the first.

Chaka was wound right up to see me yesterday and her happy self this morning.
She has been at the kennel for the last two weeks, and until I took her and Holly for a bit of a walk I wondered if it was bad. It appears he kennel took the zero exercise very well.

Will update more later in the day.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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Re: Chaka is broken (my chocolate lab)
« Reply #47 on: April 05, 2017, 08:44:28 AM »
Good luck Sam. Tough watching others you care for deal with stuff be that kids or dogs. :cry:

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Re: Chaka is broken (my chocolate lab)
« Reply #48 on: April 05, 2017, 08:54:17 AM »
Best of luck


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Re: Chaka is broken (my chocolate lab)
« Reply #49 on: April 05, 2017, 03:14:37 PM »
So, surgery went without a hitch, missed the call from the surgeon, but his message said all was/is good.
She's recovering from the anesthesia at the moment and will be in my possession in a few hours.
Now for the recovery and rehab, again.
We were probably overly cautious last time, and likely will be again this time.
The other leg is absolutely 100% and I intend on the same for this one.
12-14 weeks more of no exercise 3-4 weeks, limited 3-4 more, and then slowly ease into it for the rest. Now that will be July, yikes. At least she will have the lake to swim/wade in for the most part once she can walk a bit on her own.

Part of the reason we waited was for the lake for rehab, she will just hang out in it all day literally, bobbing and wading around. So the 8 week point we should have open water for her to play in.
Yeah that's end of May, boats go in May long on an early year...
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
Sam