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    Default Daisy Boo's Luxating Patella

    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.
    Joanna, Daisy Boo(ruby), Twinkle(tri), Brandy(blenheim rescue) and himindoors (mutt)

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    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.

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    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.
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    Joanna, sending you lots of love and best wishes that she is okay - poor little lady....

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    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.
    Joanna, Daisy Boo(ruby), Twinkle(tri), Brandy(blenheim rescue) and himindoors (mutt)

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
    Cathy
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