Guest jturchi2 Posted July 29, 2008 Share Posted July 29, 2008 Hi everyone. For those of you who read about Dye 3 months ago, well it seems that we were making progress but have now taken a pretty large step back. I have some questions about arthritis. To catch everyone up...4 months ago Dye was in an accident with another dog. Basically the dog ran right through Dye. She ended up tearing her collateral cruciate ligament (the one that is on the outside of her knee and leg). She had 5 surgeries where the 5th one involved putting an external fixator on her knee to provide stability for scar tissue to form. She had the fixator on for 6 weeks. When it was removed Dye was a trooper. I don't know if anyone has any experience with those...but let's just say they didn't sedate Dye! She didn't even yelp! What a girl. We waited 2 weeks, went in for a recheck and started her first week of rehab... ...3 weeks ago when we went to ISU and Dye was checked by her surgeon, she said that she didn't feel any arthritis in her knee and we started her first week of rehab. Now we are three weeks after that and Dye went back today to start her 2nd week of rehab. The person in charge of the rehab was feeling Dye's knee and noticed some "popping" in her knee when she flexed it. It didn't seem to bother Dye, but it bothered the doctor a little. She said she was going to have the two senior ortho residents take a look at Dye this morning just to make sure that things were still okay and we could move forward with the rehab. What the doctors found was an extensive (whatever that means) amount of arthritis in Dye's knee. It comes as a real shock considering three weeks ago there was hardly...if any at all. Is this uncommon for arthritis to show up so suddenly? I mean I know I should expect it since she had trauma to her joint and 5 surgeries. I guess I was just expecting it to be more gradual. Will it just continue to get worse and to what extent? Do any of you have experience with a grey with arthritis? Does is really seem to slow your pup down? Can he/she still run and play with stuffies? How often does it seem to "flare up"? Does anyone have any experience with a trauma like this (or similar)? Did your dog make a full recovery? What (if any) are some things that he/she isn't allowed or just cannot do anymore? My biggest fear is that we went through all of this...5 surgeries...weeks of rehab...to try and save Dye's leg, and now she will be in pain for the rest of her life. She is only 5 and has a long life yet. I just want her to be happy, healthy, and able to do the things she loves--running and playing with stuffies. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I don't think I've stopped crying since coming home from ISU today... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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