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    I am new to the forum and have only posted once. I really need advice and support. Rudy, my 18 month old Cavalier has luxating patellas and we have been watching them since Jan. and using supplements and exercise for muscle strengh. Anyway today's doctor visit presented me with needing surgery. He is almost a grade 1 in one leg and a heavy grade 2 leaning strongly to a three in the other. The vet said it is up to me as to when to do the surgery on the one leg. I am a high school teacher and am out for the summer and would be free to care for him now. If I wait until the end of August when school starts I am very tied down and not free to run to the vet that is 60 miles away. I hate dreading the surgery and would really like to get it done. The only thing that holds me back is during the school year my three dogs are crated and my husband lets them out for an hour when he comes home, then I am home by 3:30 and they are out until the the next morning. During the summer I stay at home and they aren't crated however they stay in one place and sleep all day as if I were at school. Anyway I wonder if Rudy would freak out being crated with the others free. The vet might agree to letting me put him in an small x-pen and I could put a low sitting chair in there to be with him while I am working on the internet or watching TV. My vet is very strict and says a big part of the healing has to do with me following instructions and keeping him still. Those of you that have faced similar situations with having surgery and other dogs around please advise. Rudy is a very senitive dog and whines when we he feels anxious. I worry what the isolation will do to him. Also he does sleep in the bed with us and the vet says that is a no no for a while. I think it is going to be harder on me than him. If anyone has thoughts on the best time for the surgery and anything else please respond. I have had two sons go through many issues, grow up, marry and I have children, but when it comes to my dogs I can easily lose it. My husband and I feel they are such a precious gifts and so dependent on us.
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    Pam Smith
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    Pam,

    It sounds like you have a lot on your plate. I can tell you about my experience and maybe it will be helpful. I can't speak specifically about the patella condition though. However, if the vet thinks your dog will be better off with the surgery, it is probably a good thing.

    I think it would be better for both you & your pet to do the surgery while you are home for the summer. I think you will be able to watch over your little one better, than if you are at work and worrying about him, come this fall. He will be comforted by your being close by. It surely will be a big adjustment for him, but one that will be eased by your being home.

    I have 3 cavaliers and one of them had juvenille cataracts. The eye vet watched it progress for a year and she recommended that it was time for surgery. I just got my third dog and 3 weeks later, my one dog (Pippin) went in for eye surgery on both eyes. My new dog, hadn't even adjusted to the family yet. But it all worked out.

    I was able to get a routine going and the 2 other dogs, did not interfere with the recoving dog. I feed the 2 healthy dogs in their crates and that was my time to give Pip his medications and food. He had an e-collar on his head too, so I had to take extra time to get him to go to the bathroom outside. The other 2 dogs were very gentle with my sick pooch.

    He also is very timid and I took off of work to nurse him through his recovery. He needed eye drops every 4 hours and he had 6 different medications to take after the operation. It is only 3 weeks after the surgery now and his eyes look great. Pip is now so happy to see again. He is really on the mend.

    Anyway, what I am getting at is, you will find that once you move forward with this, you will get your rhythm with all the dogs. They learn quickly to the new routine. AND it is probably the best thing for your dog that is ill. For my dog, it is the first time he has been able to see clearly, since he was a puppy.

    The vet said the same to me, that he did to you. The most important part is for you as the pet owner, to do the follow-up post operative instructions correctly and you'll get your dog through this with flying colors.

    Let us know what you decide and we'll support you and help you through it.

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    Yep to everything Charleen said! If surgery is recommended it's best to go ahead and do it. Shelby had it done Nov 04, although we had a bit of a rocky time...1st surgery didn't hold (it 92% effective) and had to have it redone. But it all worked out and she's great now. You pretty much have to do what's best for them. I always tell my guys...you may not like it, but you have to do it. Once you get a routine going they will adapt and get used to it.

    Feel free to ask questions...several of us have been through this surgery. The most important thing is the follow the directions to the letter for recovery to be successful.
    Cathy
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    Hi Pam,
    My dog had surgery 6.5 weeks ago and it sounds like your dog has pretty much the same grade in her leg.

    My advice is to go ahead with it now. We had to work and crated Daisy Boo in the bedroom while we were gone and it was very lonely for her. Also, it stops you from having to worry if he is going crazy in the crate while you are out. After a couple of weeks Daisy Boo was able to come into the bed with us - we tied a lead around the headboard so she could not jump off.

    I won't lie to you, and I'm sure everyone would agree, that it is not easy. Thinking about it will prolong the agony so you should just go ahead and do it.

    Joanna

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    I don't have much advice for you other than keep a very open dialogue with your vet - if you're planning to do the xpen thing, make sure she knows about it and believes it is a good idea. Also, follow your vet's guidance 100% - no cheating - because you wouldn't want to accidentally make things worse and have to spend even MORE time and money and pain for the puppy at vet visits/surgeries, etc.

    Other than that, I'm offering you some support - best of luck to you and Rudy. I'm sure everything will turn out for the best!
    Jenni, Scott, Corgan (blenheim), Celti (Corgi-mix), and Luna (kitty)

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    Hi Pam,

    Poor Rudy & poor you too. If it were me I'd get the surgery done ASAP. There are ways and means of keeping them quiet and the other dogs do seem to understand and accomodate - they are an extremely intelligent breed after all

    Whilst we haven't had to go through surgery with Maxx, he's not supposed to jump onto high things like our bed as he has SM and a problem with one of the discs in his neck. I solved this problem by making him a bed on either side of our bed.

    I bought a single duvet and cut it in half then sewed up the tatty ends on the sewing machine. I then bought some material and sewed up two cases with zips in and put one on either side of the bed. Maxx rarely tries to get on the bed now but will wait patiently in the morning for someone to lift him up for a cuddle and then lift him down again.


    This is Charlie making use of one of Maxx's beds......




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    Hi Pam,

    My cavalier, India had knee surgery at the same age as Rudy and the same grade of luxation. Our vet let us use both a crate and an x-pen for her. So we set up the x-pen next in the living room and the crate in a central area where she could see into the kitchen, dining room and living room. We used the metal crate and x-pen so she had good visibility - that helped her to not feel left out.

    I would get the surgery done while you're off work. I took one week vacation right after her surgery, and then my husband and I took turns coming home at lunch time to take her outside.

    Expect Rudy to have tantrums - standing on hind legs scratching x-pen with front paws with lots of barking and whining! I think it's unavoidable. But there are ways to keep them occupied - bully sticks, practicing a little obedience (sit, down), providing new toys, or interesting things to sniff.

    You could start now by giving Rudy a treat in the crate or x-pen, and letting him chew his bones or bully sticks in there.

    As far as at night, I slept on the sofa next to her crate for the entire 8-9 weeks. That may seem a little extreme, but I didn't want anything to happen to her that would undo the surgery!

    One more thing, I would not put a chair in your x-pen because Rudy might try to jump on/off it, and that would be very bad for him. I used to get in the x-pen with India (on the floor) to give her belly rubs and watch TV.

    Hope this helps! Feel free to PM if you need anything.
    Cathy Moon
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    Forgot to say: I used a 36 inch x-pen, since India once jumped out of a 24 inch one when she was a pup.

    If you can, get the thickest orthopedic foam pad you can afford for the crate - India chose that to sleep on at night and during part of the day; I could tell she was more comfortable on it than a dog bed.
    Cathy Moon
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    Forgot to say: I used a 36 inch x-pen, since India once jumped out of a 24 inch one when she was a pup.

    If you can, get the thickest orthopedic foam pad you can afford for the crate - India chose that to sleep on at night and during part of the day; I could tell she was more comfortable on it than a dog bed.
    Cathy Moon
    India(tri-F) Geordie(blen-M)Chocolate(b&t-F)Charlie(at the bridge)

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    Zola had her's done in November and February and is almost fully recovered now. It was well worth it as I couldn't imagine her suffering for the rest of her life and not to mention that leaving it unchecked would have increased her suffering from arthritis also. I can't offer anything other than the advice given here, which is to follow the instructions of the vet, keep the dog as quiet as possible and to try and look at it as a short term discomfort now in exchange for long term discomfort for the rest of the dog's life.

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