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A vet here suggested that Dee's injury may require amputation - that seems a bit extreme to me but do you think it's possible?

 

edited to add: this is the vet who knows Dee and has been following her. She called this morning (from home!) to see how she was doing.

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Ohhhhh No, I am not sure about this but we will be praying for Dee, I am very sorry if that is the case. :hope:hope:hope:candle We will be praying and sending white light.

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What was the diagnosis?

 

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What was the diagnosis?

 

Severe arthritis at the old break and avulsion (rupture) of the flexor tendon.

 

edited to add: the amp would not be for the arthritis

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What was the diagnosis?

 

Severe arthritis at the old break and avulsion (rupture) of the flexor tendon.

 

Gee that does seem pretty extreme but Im not a vet either.... I hope the Ortho can give you a lot more information and better treatment options!

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I really doubt arthritis will end up in amputation.

 

Is she on Glucosamine or other joint supplements? If not, she needs to be.

 

If she has ruptured a tendon, is she on medication for that? Pred or Metacam.. something?

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I really doubt arthritis will end up in amputation.

 

Is she on Glucosamine or other joint supplements? If not, she needs to be.

 

If she has ruptured a tendon, is she on medication for that? Pred or Metacam.. something?

 

it's not the arthritis that would be the cause, it would be the tendon.

 

She's not on any meds right now but she is on glucosamine. She'll be on meds tomorrow after the ortho sees her.

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Huh????!

 

Unless you misunderstood, I wouldn't be taking my dog back to a vet who recommended amputation for a suspected flexor tendon injury. That's normally an easy surgical repair with good outcome.

 

Good grief.

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Huh????!

 

Unless you misunderstood, I wouldn't be taking my dog back to a vet who recommended amputation for a suspected flexor tendon injury. That's normally an easy surgical repair with good outcome.

 

Good grief.

 

no, no, she didn't suggest amputation. She said that sometimes these injuries are severe enough to require amputation and she felt that Dee *might* be in that category. I wasn't clear because just the idea bothered me.

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I'm no vet either, but something doesn't sound right. Saying lots of prayers for your girl and will look forward to hearing what the ortho vet has to say.

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Well .. normally neither arthritis or ruptured ligament alone would result in amputation, but both together and both severe? Could be necessary if the vet thinks it won't heal usefully and she'd be in chronic pain. :dunno

 

I'd want a specialist opinion though, on that one.

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I hope your appointment goes well tomorrow. We will be praying for you here.

 

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I would not worry on that yet until you talk to the Ortho. I just finished talking to our vet on Shanti's arthritis. She said they can fuse the joint. Maybe they mean something like that for Dee?

 

No panicking allowed until you talk to the Ortho though. Hang in there!

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Okay, but breathe..... Maybe you didn't get the whole picture (or we didn't!), and there's more info that will make it clearer. We'll be waiting with you to hear what the ortho says!

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Saw the vet - alternated between being impressed and not impressed.

 

The good news is that there is nothing that is acute and needs surgery! Her injury is very old and was triggered - I'm thinking it is the snow out back. Anyway, we have metacalm for 10 days but he doesn't want her on something for longer periods than that. I'm not sure about that, but we'll take it as it comes.

 

He also wants me to switch her from pro plan salmon to a vet-type food. He wants me to keep her quiet. Hah! Quiet? the only time that girl moves is if she is going to eat or steal one of my belongings...

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I'm also curious as to the food change. I don't have much faith in the 'vet foods' as the ingredients aren't usually impressive.

 

If you have to change her food, I would suggest finding a different non-vet type food.

 

I'm glad she doesn't need surgery. I hope she feels better soon!

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Why the food change?

 

Because it would have more fish and the glucosamine and chondroitin. I don't know. I finally found something she tolerates well. I'm thinking about it.

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Why the food change?

 

Because it would have more fish and the glucosamine and chondroitin. I don't know. I finally found something she tolerates well. I'm thinking about it.

 

I recall reading somewhere that food with supplements in it (such as glucosamine and chondroitin) are not very effective, as the cooking process destroys most of the nutrional value of the supplements. So, if more fish and those supplements are what the vet feels would be helpful, I'd maybe consider just adding them myself - a can of sardines, and some of the powders from the greyhound gang and that should do it. Especially if she is finally doing well on a specific food ....

 

Glad to hear it doesn't appear to be anything as serious as was feared. You'll have to watch her on the metacam - if her leg doesn't hurt, she might go on being her exuberant Dee self and over do it! :)

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