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Old 15-05-2010, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Knee distortion - experiences?

My lab was diagnosed a week ago with knee distortion. I saw that he couldn't stand on his back left leg, then after a few moments he was running and walking normally.

The vet told us to try meds first, and if they don't help, surgery will be the only option. My dog was on Rimadyl for 5 days, now we are having a week break, then back to the vet's again.

I was reading about Rimadyl, but I am not sure how it helps in our situation. The dog doesn't feel pain, but can it fix the distortion? Any similar experiences with labs' knees?

We also have the problem that my lab is a really hyper-active dog, and doesn't cope well with the on-leash walks which must not be longer than 20 minutes... any ideas how to make it easier for him? Thanks
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Old 15-05-2010, 04:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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when you say knee distortion do you mean where the knee cap moves out of place? Or something different. My dog coal had a problem with his knee cap - a luxating patella. This had to be corrected by surgery in the end but he recovered well and now you'd never know

swimming can help lots. Coal did hydro therapy before and after surgery. Normal swimming is fine too also wears them out
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Old 15-05-2010, 04:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't have any experience of knee distortion, but you'll see from my own posting on here we are currently having problems with Beck who may have torn his cruciate...we also have the issue of having to lead walk a very lively lab who is used to havin2 1 hour walks off lead through the woods everyday...he is now restricted to 2, 30 mins lead walks...

It is really difficult but I think it's more difficult for us than the dog - they just adapt whereas we think they think they are missing out on something. TO be honest, I've noticed that with Beck it's more about going out, if he has been out he tends to sleep the same as if he had a long run off the lead !!

It is hard if they aren't good lead walkers, but i'm using this injury as an opportunity to do some serious lead training and it is working - i.e stopping dead if he pulls and walking the other direction etc.

Beck is on Rimadyl and so far apart from scratching a bit, he doesnt appear to have any side effects from it. We've nearly done a week of lead walks and tablets. " more weeks of lead and 1 more of tablets. But stopping him from orbitting etc in the garden and house is almost impossible....bum tucking is Beck's way of burning off energy!
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Old 15-05-2010, 05:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi, thanks for the replies

I don't know if the knee cap has moved out of its place, 'cause the vet said literally that it was "distorted", which the x-rays showed. He wrote

Dg: 1. Articuli coxae bil. b.o.
2. Dystorsio genus sin.

which means, as they told me, that both of his hips are okay, and the there is knee distortion in the left leg. Yesterday I thought he was walking okay, but today (1st day off-Rimadyl) he looks again like not moving his left knee. I wish I could take him for swimming, he loves to swim, but the lake is like 1 hour away from home and we have to go on foot

lab-oreous you are so right, it seems like I need those walks more than my dog :P Cookie is walking fine on-leash, but I need to let him sniff around and mark and do his job, so he needs to pull sometimes :wink: And in the house he is constantly bringing to me his toys expecting me to throw them for him...

No side-effects on Rimadyl too, he actually liked chewing them, typical lab :roll:
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Hello

I was just wondering how Cookie is doing?
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Hi everyone,

I didn't reply back in 2010 because the forum didn't allow more than 5 posts, unless I upgraded. I hope I will be able to post this message now.

It was actually a torn ACL. Cookie ended up having surgery (extracapsular repair) for it. He did fine for a year, and then he blew the ACL on his other knee. It went away with traditional management. He never had issues with his knees again.

He is now 13 years, 4 months old, he is doing good, arthritis is his only issue, but no problem with his knees whatsoever. If this post goes through I'l post in the intro section to re-introduce myself.

Cheers!
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13 years old is a good age!

I don't know what you know about cruciate ligaments, so I'll talk simply.

Basically the cruciate Ligaments are two ligaments which form a cross, (hence cruciate) They are joined at one end to the tibia and the other to the femur, and their job in crude terms is to stop the bottom half of the leg falling off. Normally they take no load when standing, and when the dog (or human, because we have them too.) lifts the paw off the ground they take the weight of the lower leg. Damage in humans is usually a sports injury, where the person twists sharply, as when playing football. In dogs so typically it's an injury so often seen in a dog chasing a ball, twisting to catch it. This is why we never recommend too much ball chasing. It also happened to a friend's Golden Retriever. The dog jumped a fence badly and it's leg got caught by the top of the fence, leaving the poor dog hanging by one leg.

But there is also a genetic side to these injuries, whats known as a sloping tibial crest. Instead of being flat, the top of the tibia in some dogs is sloping. You can imagine how this would put an abnormal load on the Cruciate Ligament. When a ligament goes more than once, like your dog, we have to wonder if maybe this is the cause.

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