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    Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    I have a lab-boarder collie mix. He is 8 years old and in pretty good shape. He weighs around 60 pounds.

    Last night he hurt one of his back legs running and jumping around. The running and jumping is normal behavior. He hasn't put any weight on this leg since last night and is panting much more than normal. I assume the abnormal panting is pain related. I just came home from the vet. There is little, to no swelling, which indicates no bone break. He reacts only to straighening the leg. No hip issue, no foot or ankle. It's his knee, which means (probably) an ACL rupture, or something similar. This will require surgery.

    What's this going to cost me???



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    don't overreact yet, dogs will surprise with how fast they can get better.



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    I agree. He's prolly just milking it so you hook him up with a steak.



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    don't overreact yet, dogs will surprise with how fast they can get better.
    How long should I wait? I am a little concerned with arthritic problems, though I'm also realistic enough to know he is probably going to deal with that at some point regardless.



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    If it's ACL you're looking at $2,000+. Just had a coworker go down this road with their retriever mix. She's 10 I think and they just take it easy with her now and she doesn't get to play around much.



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    I just went though this with my lab. First of all, restrict all movement and kennel the dog if possible. She needs to stay off the leg as much as possible. If after 2 weeks, there is no improvement, look at bigger issues like ACL tear which is what happened to mine. I got a tplo surgery 4 weeks ago which cost me $2600 + $300 more for meds. My dog is only 3-1/2 years old though. You may be able to do an extracap surgery which is cheaper but less effective for larger dogs. I would consult an orthopedic surgeon for their opinion though.



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    Try to take a guess at what you think it'll cost and then double it.



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    This is why I have zero interest in having pets....



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    I agree. He's prolly just milking it so you hook him up with a steak.
    I do that sometimes, works everytime.



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    Quote Originally Posted by MNclone View Post
    This is why I have zero interest in having pets....
    That, and you have this



    ...where your heart should be.



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    Quote Originally Posted by KFitzy87 View Post
    That, and you have this



    ...where your heart should be.
    I have kids. They ruin furniture, pee on the floor, crawl into bed with me in the middle of the night, and make strange noises when someone comes to the door.

    Did I miss anything?



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    Quote Originally Posted by MNclone View Post
    I have kids. They ruin furniture, pee on the floor, crawl into bed with me in the middle of the night, and make strange noises when someone comes to the door.

    Did I miss anything?
    Do your kids grow hair all over their body? Are your kids satisfied with eating food out of a 30 pound bag? Will your kids ever be able to run and catch a frisbee in their mouths?



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    Quote Originally Posted by MNclone View Post
    I have kids. They ruin furniture, pee on the floor, crawl into bed with me in the middle of the night, and make strange noises when someone comes to the door.

    Did I miss anything?
    Can your kids lick their balls?



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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    your middle aged dog banged itself up horsing around. that happens when your middle aged. not a reason to panic, though.

    panting - have you noticed the humidity?


    I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.

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    Re: Dog Injury - What should I expect?

    Quote Originally Posted by enisthemenace View Post
    I have a lab-boarder collie mix. He is 8 years old and in pretty good shape. He weighs around 60 pounds.

    Last night he hurt one of his back legs running and jumping around. The running and jumping is normal behavior. He hasn't put any weight on this leg since last night and is panting much more than normal. I assume the abnormal panting is pain related. I just came home from the vet. There is little, to no swelling, which indicates no bone break. He reacts only to straighening the leg. No hip issue, no foot or ankle. It's his knee, which means (probably) an ACL rupture, or something similar. This will require surgery.

    What's this going to cost me???
    Why didn't your vet take an x-ray? Don't worry about what it costs, if you love your dog - they are worth every penny.



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