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    Old Dawg (Senior Member) SebastiansMom's Avatar

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    Default Sebastianís Adventures in Orthopedics

    We just got home from the emergency vet. I got home from work this evening to find that Sebastian had a pronounced limp in his right hind leg. I could tell just by looking at him that he was in a great deal of pain. He was fine when I left for work this morning.

    The vet thinks that he has a CCL injury (the equivalent of an ACL injury in humans). He sent us home with some anti-inflammatory meds and wants us to follow up with a Veterinary orthopedist.

    On a happy note, both he and Chester were on their 100% absolute best behavior at the emergency vetís office tonight.

    I hope we can get Sebastian feeling much much better soon! In the meantime, we will be sleeping downstairs on the couch, so that he doesnít hurt himself any further going up and down the stairs.

    I will keep you all posted!
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    I hope he gets to feeling better soon and hope he doesn't give you too much trouble about his reduced activity level. Sending lots of hugs and healing vibes your way.

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    Hope Sebastian is feeling better today....our first Pyr had this issue...after having both of her patellas operated on! But by the time she had CCL...she was 10, and any other surgery was not an option.

    Angel the Aussie is having a similar issue....since she is 11 with multiple seizures, again, surgery is not an option...but I did get her a neoprene brace for her rear hock, and on the days her leg is really bothering her, I put it on for a couple of hours a day for a few days & it does seem to help

    Hope Sebastian won't have to have surgery....hang in there Mom!

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    Sometimes I wonder what would happen if we could go to a dog park and let Sebastian, Kit, Lily, Zech, Pippa... PLAY!
    I would paaaaaaaaaaay to see how Pippa would interact with all of the above! After reading all the stories, I feel like I know them so well and think I could tell more or less what they would do

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    SM, I think you're going to want to be sure that Sebastian is ok and to be able to eliminate the nagging fear that you are missing something. The not being sure and having the constant stress of wondering is no good for dog moms! I'd be in favor of the vet that offers PT and has the ability to do surgery since this would leave you covered whichever way you decide to proceed. The fact that Sebastian is running about normally is really, really good. Most CCL tears don't have the dog bearing weight so soon, and if they do, there is a significant limp or weird gait in an attempt to compensate. I really hope this is just a bump in the Sebastian journey and nothing more will be needed!

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    We chose not to do surgery for Lily's CCL tear given her age and other health issues. It's been a long road but she is doing really well a year later. Really hoping this is not Sebastian's problem and he will be feeling back to normal SOON!!!

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    Sebastian and Chester love that idea!!!
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    Sebastian is continuing to feel better and better and better. Tonight, he decided that special hugs were in order for me, then he immediately went on a tear through the back yard for a few laps with Chester. He has been off of the anti-inflammatory meds since Monday.

    I decided not to reschedule our appointment with the original orthopedist. Our regular vet had called us to recommend that we see someone else after seeing a dog who had been operated by the orthopedist and had had numerous complications. I had initially decided to keep the appointment with the orthopedist out of politeness, knowing full well that I wasnít going to let her operate on Sebastian.

    As of right now, I am leaning more towards the pain management vet (physical therapy, etc) than seeing another surgeon for the time being. Our regular vet will be in the office on Monday, and I want to check with her before making an appointment with this guy, just to make sure that she doesnít have any misgivings about him. If she feels comfortable doing an orthopedic exam on him, I wouldnít object to that, either. I trust her diagnostic skills, and trust her judgement.

    I am hopeful at this point that the initial diagnosis of CCL tear was a mistake. He is fully weight-bearing, running around like a madman, and just daring me to try and stop him. If it werenít so hot, he would be demanding to go on walks.

    This was them right after their evening tear around the yard.

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    These guys are so stoic that it's hard to tell exactly what is bothering them...also smart enough to know how to get a little extra attention!!!

    But I don't think Sebastian would do a thing like that!

    Sounds like you have a very good repore with your vet & that you wil both make good choices for your guy

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    I am so glad Sebastian is recovering and that it was nothing too serious! I hope he's feeling 100% back to normal now

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