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joanna
17th May 2006, 07:14 AM
I was hoping to have some good news on this but unfortunately I don't. I brought Daisy Boo to UCD and the vet examined her leg and said that the grade on the luxating Patella was veering towards a three. He wanted to keep her in to do some x-rays so I agreed. Anyway, that was all done yesterday and he called me last night. Basically it is a three but a lot more damage has been done. Forgive the next few lines because I didn't quite catch his full terminology but they are going to have to operate on her leg for the luxating patella as well some tendons that have gone out of place. Also, because of all this she has some bowing in her thigh which he is going to leave for now as fixing everything else will hopefully correct this.
I actually cannot believe there is so much damage! She never jumps up on the couch or anything while she will jump off. She goes up stairs but has never come down them. Maybe this is the reason. She has no problems walking or running and I honestly didn't think she was in any pain but obviously she was and just didn't complain.
Needless to say my heart is broken and I've spent quite a bit of time crying, I never thought I would become so attached to these dogs. My husband is equally upset and Twinkle is lost without her big sis as she has never been alone.
The good thing is that it is being fixed and hopefully I will have her back before the end of the weekend.
Wish my baby luck everyone please.
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c292/JoannaEaton/PC250046.jpg

judy
17th May 2006, 08:36 AM
i'm so sorry you got this bad news and daisy boo has to go through all that surgery. i bet they're the best surgeons and it will really help her. what an ordeal to go through--when they don't complain or act like they're hurting, it takes a whole big medical work up to find out what's happening to them. what a brave girl she is. i hope she will be home soon.

Karlin
17th May 2006, 09:21 AM
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that this was so bad. Don't blame yourself; she wasn't showing any signs of real difficulty so it would have seemed she had a very low grade of luxation to the outward eye. The surgery is very common and has a very good success rate so I am sure she will be fine. Let us know how she is when you collect her. If you need a larger crate to keep her in let me know -- I have a very large Argos wire crate you can use. Usually you need to give a lot of crate rest initially.

Claire
17th May 2006, 09:54 AM
Joanna, sending you lots of love and best wishes that she is okay - poor little lady.... :flwr:

joanna
17th May 2006, 10:19 AM
Thanks Karlin, I may ask to borrow that after we go back to work. Between us we are off all next week to look after her. However the following week they will be alone for a few hours so I will need to isolate her from Twinkle while we are out.

Thanks for the good wishes everyone.

Karlin
17th May 2006, 11:17 AM
They will likely want total crate rest for a couple of weeks. Cathy knows all about this and I am sure she will post and advise. But you will really need to have her confined at all times I think except for very careful supervied activity-- that is the usual recovery plan. I don't know if the surgeon went through this yet but it is quite an intensive aftercare programme. The hardest thing is keeping her confined when she will want to play so a large crate or X-pen is really important for keeping her activity levels low. She shouldn't be playing with Twinkle at all.

Buster
17th May 2006, 02:09 PM
I found the team out in UCD to be fantastic when Zola had her's done. They were very sensitive to our needs as well as the technical aspects of the surgery. Zola is now well on the road to recovery and almost fully back to normal (she had to have the tendons in her right leg re-aligned as well as the patella surgery).
Best of luck and think positvely.

yvonne
17th May 2006, 02:59 PM
Hi Joanna, Poor Daisy Boo. I'll be thinking of her for you.
If there's anything I can do let me know. I could take Twinkle off you for a day or two to play with her sister if that would help. let me know how you get on.
Yvonne

Jen
17th May 2006, 03:12 PM
I'm sorry to hear this, and please don't blame yourself--how were you to know if she wasn't showing any signs for so long? She's in good hands, she's getting the right care, and I'm sure she'll come out ahead. :flwr:

Cathy T
17th May 2006, 03:48 PM
Joanna - sorry to hear your news on Daisy Boo. Don't blame yourself...you couldn't have know. It's just amazing how resilient these little dogs are! That's the reason I had Jake's teeth done yesterday. The dentist said that they may be in pain or discomfort but unless it's really intense you won't know it. They don't "tell you" that something hurts unless it's acute pain.

I'm sure she'll be fine after the surgery and it's good that you are going to go ahead and get it done before she has any further damage to her knee. The hardest part for us was keeping Shelby confined for 8 weeks. But, she was a little trooper. She got very comfortable about going into her x-pen. It was a permanent fixture in our family room for 4 months (2 times surgery). We put a couple of toys and a little bed in there and she was very content. Any time we could we put her up on our lap. We kept a leash on her so we could keep her on the couch without the chance of her jumping down...say, when the door bell rang!

Jake would oftentimes go lay on the floor just outside her pen to keep her company. Sometimes we put him inside the pen with her and he would lay in there and chew on a toy. It was small enough that they couldn't romp.

Shelby goes back to her surgeon on Tuesday to see what, if anything, can be done about her surgery not holding. It was done a year and a half ago. I don't think we have any options other than joint supplements.

Keep us posted and know that she will be fine. It's like anything else...once it's over you forget how much work it was!! But, I can't stress enough, don't let her get active after the surgery until she's cleared by the surgeon. I hear so many times of dogs jumping around within 2 weeks of the surgery and I was told that was the worst possible thing they could do. We were able to take her for short walks and we did that whenever we could to help get rid of pent up energy.

Karlin
19th May 2006, 11:42 AM
Joanna any news on Daisy Boo? How is she doing?

joanna
19th May 2006, 02:01 PM
Hi everyone,
I wasn't online yesterday so only saw everything just now. Thanks for all the good wishes.
Daisy Boo had her surgery yesterday and they told me it went very well. He is going to change the dressings tomorrow and depending on how it looks I either get her back tomorrow or Sunday.

Karlin, I'll PM you about the crate and if you are available come to pick it up.

Yvonne, thank you so much for your kind offer. I'll PM you during the week and maybe arrange a visit for the following week if it suits you. I'm really curious to see if Holly and Twinkle remember each other :D

We're just looking forward to getting her home now. They tell me she's eating ok and is in good form which is amazing because she never eats for me!

I'll update you all as soon as I get her home.

Thanks everybody for all the support, it really means a lot to us. I'm so glad to have found this community.

Have a great weekend,
Joanna :l*v:

Karlin
19th May 2006, 05:32 PM
That's great news! I am sure she will do really well. Yes, they often eat surprisingly well when they haven't prepared the person for manipulation earlier... :lol: :lol:

You can get the crate any time. If I am heading in your direction I'll also let you know.

Forest
20th May 2006, 10:26 AM
So pleased to hear that Daisy Boo came through the surgery well. Best of luck for when she comes home. I'm sure she will be fine.
I can remember when our boy had his knee done- I'm talking a long time ago now-(he was one when he had it done and lived till he was 13 and got his wings 31/2 years ago)-I thought that he would never walk properly again when he came home but within weeks you never have known that he had had it done. try not to worry tooooo much (I know that is hard though)
Julie and the girls

Cathy T
20th May 2006, 03:29 PM
Glad to hear everything went well. Keep us posted on her progress.

joanna
22nd May 2006, 06:37 AM
HI all,
We got Daisy Boo home yesterday and she's doing well. We are crate resting her most of the time and so far it has worked out well. We bring her out for a few minutes on the lead to go to the toilet and besides cuddles on the couch she is back in the crate. She is being so good and quiet and we are just happy to have her home. The weather is a pain in the backside though - she hates the rain at normal times and it was so hard yesterday, I've never been so relieved to see a dog pee. Everytime I brought her out she just wanted back in!

It's hard to see her shaved too - it would break your heart. I hope her coat grows back quickly. The wound is quite small compared to the area they shaved. I'll post some photos tomorrow.

Thanks for all the support,
Joanna

judy
22nd May 2006, 08:15 AM
i'm so glad you got her back home. i know what you mean about the rain. it's raining here too and zack won't go out. i put wee wee pads everywhere.
good luck with that. icon_welcome welcome home daisy boo!! :dgwlk: :xfngr:

Cathy T
23rd May 2006, 01:36 AM
I totally know what you mean about her being shaved. This is the link to Rod's website with a picture of Shelby. http://www.cavalierhealth.org/patellas.htm

I cried when they brought her out to me...she looked so pathetic. But that girl is a trooper. She was such a good girl. I guess we were blessed with very little rain for that period :)

judy
23rd May 2006, 05:36 AM
...I cried when they brought her out to me...she looked so pathetic. But that girl is a trooper. She was such a good girl. I guess we were blessed with very little rain for that period :)

Aw. i've seen this photo before, but its impact is just as strong as the first time. How sad, yet she still looks so beautiful somehow. Having her photo made in her little pink cast and her heroic looking cone collar, and her beautiful coat, what's left of it, it's a poignant and sweet photo. How long ago was the surgery?

Angela
23rd May 2006, 12:49 PM
Joanna i am sending the best of wishes to you Daisy Boo and the rest of your family. I have everything crossed and hope for the very best. Please keep us informed.

Cathy T
23rd May 2006, 03:21 PM
...I cried when they brought her out to me...she looked so pathetic. But that girl is a trooper. She was such a good girl. I guess we were blessed with very little rain for that period :)

Aw. i've seen this photo before, but its impact is just as strong as the first time. How sad, yet she still looks so beautiful somehow. Having her photo made in her little pink cast and her heroic looking cone collar, and her beautiful coat, what's left of it, it's a poignant and sweet photo. How long ago was the surgery?

She had the first surgery November of 04 and then again Jan 05. Today we see our surgeon to find out what went wrong and what we can do to prevent future injuries.

judy
23rd May 2006, 03:57 PM
cathy, good luck today--i hope there is some really productive thinking about what happened, and helpful ideas about what to do now. what a disappointment that after such a medical ordeal, the procedure didn't work! and she was such a good patient too.

yvonne
26th May 2006, 11:08 AM
Hi Joanne.
How's Daisy Boo doing????
Yvonne

joanna
30th May 2006, 12:47 PM
Hi all,
I was offline until today minding Daisy Boo. She is doing great, she had her stitches out this morning and is healing well. It's hard work looking after her though because as she feels better she wants to be out of the crate. However, she is being very good and despite the odd tantrum is doing well. Her appetite is not great though but the vet told me not to worry because her weight is fine. She has lost about a pound and now weight 5.4 kilos. Twinkle is now heavier than her at 5.8 being the little savage that she is :lol:
Joanna

Linda
30th May 2006, 04:00 PM
Joanna

I am so so sorry I missed this post, but I am happy to hear Daisy Boo is healing nicely.
I cannot imagine how heart breaking this must of been for you, but knowing that she is on the mend already with no problems is a blessing.

Thinking of you sweetie, give her some kisses from all of us.
:lotsaluv:

judy
30th May 2006, 05:08 PM
joanna, that's great that she is healing nicely. it does sound hard to keep her crated, since she doesn't completely understand, but it sounds like you are handling it very well and helping her to get through it. maybe she will be more hungry when she can get out and about again. how long is the period that she must be crated?

joanna
30th May 2006, 05:24 PM
Here's a picture of the day we brought her home. Her fur is growing back nicely now though.
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c292/JoannaEaton/db.jpg

The vet told me that she may have an upset tummy because of her painkillers so she's given me some drops to counteract the effects. Hopefully this will help. However, as you say Judy, she doesn't need much energy because she's only out for 5 minutes at a time on the lead to go to the loo. I'm bringing her back to the hospital for a checkup on June 12th and then three weeks later for an x-ray. I have to keep her crated until we get the results from that x-ray and then we can resume normal exercise. So all in all, about 6 more weeks.

Sally
31st May 2006, 01:55 AM
Joanna, I've been out of the loop for awhile and just read about your little Daisy-Boo. aww...that picture...brings back some memories! I think seeing them after surgery hurts us more than them.

Pixie had her patella surgery Feb 05. As difficult as it was, we strictly followed the doctor's orders. You should see her now. Runs, jumps, turns, spins. It's a beautiful sight. Her fur grew back quicker than I had thought. Once her feathering got to be an inch or so, we had her other leg trimmed to match.

I'll keep good thoughts that Daisy-Boo's recovery goes smoothly.

:lotsaluv:

Cathy T
31st May 2006, 04:43 AM
Joanna, I've been out of the loop for awhile and just read about your little Daisy-Boo. aww...that picture...brings back some memories! I think seeing them after surgery hurts us more than them.

Pixie had her patella surgery Feb 05. As difficult as it was, we strictly followed the doctor's orders. You should see her now. Runs, jumps, turns, spins. It's a beautiful sight. Her fur grew back quicker than I had thought. Once her feathering got to be an inch or so, we had her other leg trimmed to match.

I'll keep good thoughts that Daisy-Boo's recovery goes smoothly.

:lotsaluv:

Amen Sally!! I saw the picture and instantly thought "chicken leg"...that's what Shelby's little bald leg reminded me of. As far as the hair growth...yep, came back quicker than I would have thought possible. And although I had thought our surgery wasn't successful (we have since found out that it basically was...she just has looseness in the knee, but no popping out) she runs around like a little maniac. No slowing this girl down.

I can't stress enough how important it is to follow your vet's instructions as far as confinement no matter how difficult it is. I thought it was totally unrealistic but we got through it. You will too.

Karlin
31st May 2006, 10:59 AM
I saw the picture and instantly thought "chicken leg"...that's what Shelby's little bald leg reminded me of.

:lol: Terrible to laugh but that is what it looks like! Their poor bare leg looks so vulnerable and small when all the hair is gone.

Joanna I am glad that Daisy is doing well and that her hair is coming back in. It has really amazed me to see some pics of how fast these dogs regrow hair after any surgery -- Rory's came back so fast after his decompression and very quickly you couldn't even see the scar.

Let me know if there's anything I can do!

joanna
31st May 2006, 12:07 PM
Thanks everyone for the kind words. The good news is she has started eating :rah:

judy
31st May 2006, 05:30 PM
after just over a week, hair is now covering the little scar on zack's scrotum and it doesn't look shaved anymore..

joanna
12th June 2006, 12:39 PM
Daisy Boo had her first check up since the surgery today and everything looks good :jump:
I have to bring her back in three weeks for an x-ray and then we can leave her out of the crate.

I feel like I'm living in UCD at the moment. I had to take Twinkle to the emergency clinic yesterday with her eyes. Silly little girl got something stuck in her eye and it caused an infection similar to conjunctivitis. She looks good today though.

yvonne
12th June 2006, 01:50 PM
That's great new Joanna. You're girls will be back to new.
Yvonne

Cathy T
12th June 2006, 03:46 PM
Great news Joanna!

TKC
14th June 2006, 12:10 PM
Hi Joanna

I hope Daisy Boo is doing well.

Tara

joanna
14th June 2006, 01:54 PM
Hi Tara,
She's doing great, thanks for asking. Her fur is growing back nicely. It's four weeks tomorrow since the operation so we've broken the back of it. I can't wait to get her back out. I'll be hoping to contact you as soon as she's better because then I'll have time to take Twinkle to obedience classes.
Joanna

yvonne
14th June 2006, 02:12 PM
hi Joanna.
Let me know which classes you're enrolling Twinkle in when you get round to it.
Thanks,
Yvonne