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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

OUR MIGGY NEEDS KNEE SURGERY

Our poor Miggy has bad knees. It all started a few months ago when she would run around the yard, suddenly she would stop dead in her tracks and lift her left leg favouring it , we thought she may of just been getting a cramp or what we call a charley horse in it. It seemed to be an on off thing with her leg then one day she did it again and I heard a POP ! and then she was fine all was good for months, well we took her to her vet for her yearly check up and all was good and we told them about the leg , the vet did her feeling around and what not and said she has knees that slip ,its called LUXTATING PATELLA, well that didn't sound good but the vet said its pretty common for lots of breeds to have this and most it doesn't cause any problems okay we thought she is fine hasn’t happened for months. It doesn’t cause her any pain it just feels like it is stiff like a really sore muscle that wont stretch properly more annoying for her then anything.  Well , little did we know she is in stage two of this knee business in her right knee which has been so hard for her , it has been popping in and out since Saturday night, we called the emergency after hours vet Saturday night, did what he told us to do and said if it hasn't changed or got better by Monday bring her in . Well we had to bring her in. I spent the entire day yesterday tending to her every need including carrying her from the back of the yard to the door cause the unevenness of the snow put it out again and she just could not get her footing and walk, holly molly she is heavy. I had to pop her knee back in I don't know how many times and then massage it ,then she was good to go till the next time. Well we took her to the vet and they did x-rays and she is in stage two of this  and we don't want it to go to any further stages or it will be harder for them to operate and she will get arthritis in the knee, So for now she is on medication and we have matts all over the house so she wont slip on the hard wood floors and keep popping her knee out and we take her out side on her leash were it is ploughed and even so its safer for her. We have a kennel at the side of the house that is cleared and has large patio stones down and room for her to roam in so she can go in that on her own. I took her for a little walk on the road as well  early this morning they are clear and even so she can get some exercise.  She will be having the surgery this week or early next week we have to hear from the vet that will perform the surgery , this vet also looks after live stock so she is very busy and she has done it before but on smaller dogs. If she cant do it we have to take Miggy to a orthopaedic surgeon to do it   . They all kept saying it will be costly, we told them it doesn't matter what it costs we just want our Miggy to be happy and healthy . The surgery is 100% affective  so that’s great to know .She is doing well considering it slows her down a lot but she  still is as happy as a lark and when I remind her to stay walking on her mats she does it   GOOD GIRL !   I will keep you all posted during her ordeal !

                                             Hope you all have a great day !

                                               Red roseCOUNTRY GALRed rose

10 comments:

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

blogger sucks. they erased a comment prior to the first one. sigh....poor miggy, i know the feelings of frustrations you are going thru. i would go to an ortho and not blink an eye. they do this type of surgery daily. i always remember 'you get what you pay for'. not knocking the local vet but if she doesn't specialize and hasn't done larger dogs which are a different ball game then why take the chance for a botch up that will cost more later. nobody goes to a general doc for knee surgery so miggy should see the ortho. nugget went thru 2 acl's (tta in vet terms) and came out very well. he is on deramaxx which hasn't the negative effects of the liver or kidneys as rymadel. the ortho gave me a really neat little 'fabric lift' that helped him walk and go up and down steps. it was made of fleece on one side. its shape is alarge rectangle with a large fabric adjustable handle on each side. i would wrap it under his stomach area near the hips and lift him up off the ground a tiny bit to help him go up steps and navigate his walking. if you cannot find one, get a long thin towel. since it is in his knees then place the towel next underneath those front legs and that should do the trick. ortho's should have those neat little lift things...good luck and sorry this is sooo long! i love animals and do hope your miggy comes thru this just fine!

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Our Rudy had knee surgery when he was 3 yrs old - he actually had surgery twice because his body reacted to the items they put in. Recover is long but well worth it - we didn't use the physical therapy as one vet suggested but found a vet that would do the surgery for less but still substantial. Ironically just a few years later the dogs best bud (our son) had ACL knee surgery as a senior in high school. -- Good luck Miggy!

Patsy said...

So sorry to hear this, give Miggy a hug for me.

fernvalley01 said...

Poor pup. ACL surgery (I assume) is pretty straightforward and she will be right as rain in time!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sorry to hear about Miggy, Elaine. You are good parents and she (and you) are very lucky. Hope all goes well until (and after) the surgery.

Gail said...

Sorry to hear that but all will be fine.

Faye Henry said...

Feeling bad for poor Miggy... Hoping all goes well..

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Ooh I'm so sorry to read this, I do hope the surgery will give her complete relief, and allow her the full use of her leg.
My Oliver cat is suffering with a 'leg issue' at the moment, as is his mistress, isn't it all so very strange :)
Hugs,
~Jo

West Side of Straight said...

Oh Miggy - I hope your surgery goes well, and that you recover quickly. It won't be long, and you'll be like NEW!!!!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oooh good luck to sweet little Miggy!... I just know her surgery will go well and she will be fine... she is so precious!... and I know how you feel about the cost... I would go without food or water or anything else to take care of an animal...the money is the last thing on my mind... what if it were a child? Would people not pay whatever it cost for them?... I did not blog about it, but our new doggie Tess had to have some major surgery the day we got her... she is ok though and coming along well... breaks my heart to see them in any kind of pain, I would rather it was me... sending lots of love to Miggy and big doggie kisses!... xoxo Julie Marie and Tess