Bilateral TLPO Surgery For Cruciate Ligament in Our Dog, Speckles . . .
Speckles, our lovable but awfully klutzy dog. Earlier this year I told you about how she had to have a TPLO Surgery on her hind left leg due to a fully torn cruciate ligament (CCL in dogs, similar to ACL in humans). She fully recovered and was able to run and play like a normal puppy . . . until she tore the other one. The veterinary surgeon warned us that there was a 50% chance the other would tear as well. We just didn’t expect it to be so soon.
At the end of July, I let Speckles out to use up some energy in a nearby patch of grass. At one point, she yelped and hobbled toward me. The vet told us it was likely the other ligament but to just rest it for a couple of weeks to see if there was any improvement. Since there wasn’t, we figured another surgery was inevitable. It’s a shame our pet insurance doesn’t cover bilateral procedures. We decided to wait just a bit so we could work out our finances to afford the costly surgery.
Last Thursday morning, exactly one month later, something was not right. Speckles was limping like crazy and her leg made a cracking /popping sound every time she moved her leg. I was able to get an appointment with our vet that afternoon. I gave Dr. Stiglich a short summary of what was going on and she said, “Let me stop you there. I don’t want to waste any more of your time or money. You need to get her into surgery immediately.” She then called the surgery clinic we used last time and arranged to have us seen the very next day.
Friday morning came. We brought Speckles in to see the veterinary surgeon. Not only did Speckles have a torn ligament but she also ruptured her meniscus. This was the cause of the horrid noise from her leg and Speckles’ terrible onset of pain. Also, with the right leg now being injured, extra pressure was being put on the leg that was operated on before. Not good.
It just so happened that the surgeon could take Speckles right then and there to remove the meniscus (cannot be repaired in dogs) and bind up the torn ligament. It was a tough decision but one that had to be made. We left Speckles at the clinic and they took her to the back to prep her for surgery. Fortunately, everything went well. We picked up our pup the next day. Her fur had only recently fully grown back and now it was gone again.
Speckles’ 8-12 weeks of recovery began at that time. Since we had been through this only eight months prior, we still had most of her medication and her cone/soft collar. Once again we would have to restrict her exercise to only going to the bathroom. No playing, jumping, running, etc. Poor, poor doggy 🙁
We sincerely hope that our newly-bionic dog will heal well and finally be able to enjoy herself. She’s only 2-1/2 years old so we hope she can have a long, happy life ahead of her. Before owning a dog, I never understood how people could invest so much in their pets. I totally get it now. Dogs are loyal, cute, huggable, funny, mischievous, and so much more. Let’s just hope she doesn’t hurt herself again anytime soon!