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Treatment & Preventative Meds / TPLO times 2
« on: March 30, 2008, 11:19:08 am »
I haven't posted to the board in a long time. I have missed reading about all our extra large loves. My Chumley is a seven year old 155 pound mixed Malamute/Dane. In fall of 2006 he underwent TPLO surgery. It was a dreadful experience. The surgeon though very skilled had zero bedside manner. Neither did any of the staff members of this highly acclaimed clinic. Chumley's recovery was a nightmare. He became a different dog, he was aggresive and distrustful. After nine months he was back to normal and his leg was good as new. Now he has torn his other knee. He is perfectly healthy though it was suggested when weighing my options that his life span would only be a couple more years. I couldn't fathum ending his life for a bum knee. I am willing to take on more debt but am so worried about him. I don't want to use the same surgeon but he is the best according to my vet. I dread Chumley going through this again. I could use some advice. I live in Ohio but would be willing to travel to find the right surgeon. Also has anyone ever encountered alternative therapies since this seems to be so common?

Rottweiler Discussions / Re: Greta can't get up today
« on: October 22, 2006, 06:57:37 am »
I am SO sorry. I first read the post on Lady to see how she is doing today. Lady had ACL surgery the day after Chumley so we have been commiserating together, Lin and I. I read your  words and felt better about what I was going through caring for Chumley. Then I went to read what else was on the board today and came across this. Though you are going through great pain you still gave of yourself with your caring words. You and Greta are in my prayers. I know that Greta feels gratitude for the life she has led and for the love she has found through you.

Mixed Breed Discussion / Re: "Turkey" needs your prayers
« on: October 21, 2006, 05:07:26 pm »
I started off by reading the last posts and then moved to the first. I am SO happy to hear that Turkey is doing better. What a heartbreaking story. She sounds like a fighter. Chumley and I will keep you in our prayers.

Saint Bernard Pictures / Re: Hey everyone...we are back!!
« on: October 20, 2006, 11:32:58 am »
Hi, I am new to the site though I've posted with enough doggie problems that I think everyone knows me! I just wanted to thank-you for posting your photo's. Your dog is too gorgeous and the photo's made me smile. Thanks for sharing.

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Chumley Licking Wounds
« on: October 19, 2006, 11:18:31 am »
This is really a continuance of a previous post. I wasn't sure if I should have just kept adding or started over again so I chose the new start. Chumley is recovering well from his ACL surgery he's still a bit grumpy but I guess I would be too. It's only been two days. He is sniffing at his incision but so far not licking. The vet has me terrified to leave him alone without an ecollar. I had a friend pick up a cervical collar to try instead of the dreaded ecollar (thanks to a suggestion from a BP member). The problem, Chumley can escape from it in about 15 seconds. It was the largest size they had but it's not quite big enough. The straps barely make it across to catch a bit of velcro. Apparently the company that makes the no lick spray that is sold through vet clinics no longer makes it. I'm open to any other suggestions. I can't be with Chumley 24/7 for the next 8 days. I honestly don't think he is going to pull the staples out but it's a chance I can't take. Is there anything more humane then the ecollar?

Have you ever kicked off a new member for having too many problems? Here I go again. Okay the pill popping is now not an issue. He looked at me this morning wagging his tail as I went to the fridge wondering if I am going to induldge him in the peanut butter, cream cheese, processed cheese or the butter. I think soon he is going to be milking this for everything he can. Here is the latest problem. I slept by him last night. He hasn't been chewing at his wound but he is curious. Everytime he goes near I tell him to leave it. I do know though that one lick and he could pop a staple. I called the vet this morning and they said that he should have an ecollar. Of course they didn't send me home with one which means I have to leave chumley alone to go get one. They look so inhumane. Are there any other alternatives? I can't bandage the wound but I thought maybe there is some magic cream that you put near it that would be repulsive to dogs? Or anything else other then that big awful collar.

German Shepherd Discussions / Re: Chumley's trip home after surgery
« on: October 18, 2006, 03:00:28 pm »
WOW thanks for all the great suggestions! Peanut butter didn't work but so far small pieces of meat are going down. Just four more pills tonight. I am so grateful that I found this site. I just hope that I can be as helpful to all of you sometime. Chumley and I appreciate all the good wishes.

German Shepherd Discussions / Re: Chumley's trip home after surgery
« on: October 18, 2006, 12:42:04 pm »
I will try peanut butter in a few minutes. Thanks for the suggestion. Thankfully Chums won't be needing to go into the SUV for another 10 days. Just like Lady that's when he will get his staples out. He is confined to one room since I don't have a crate. I was surprised that they didn't even send me home with one of those cones for his head. They said to watch him that he doesn't chew on his leg. I am going to sleep on the couch near him tonight and see how it goes. I wish you the best nursing Lady back to health!

German Shepherd Discussions / Chumley's trip home after surgery
« on: October 18, 2006, 12:23:46 pm »
I know that few people can relate to my ordeal as much as you who are reading this can. I posted my first message yesterday asking for help to get Chumley home from his ACL surgery. I bought a ramp, brought a big blanket and even had a custom set of carpeted stairs with me! Chumley is in SO much pain. He somehow managed to climb up those three carpeted stairs to get into my SUV. Getting him out was a different story. I sat in my driveway in tears for over an hour. He wouldn't go down the ramp, he wouldn't go down the stairs and he certainly wouldn't let me try a towel underneath his belly. I called a friend. She said just sit with him in the car when he is ready he will be ready. Well two and a half hours later I knew that advice wouldn't work either. Finally I got four of my neighbors and we wrapped a very forlorned looking Chumley in the blanket and gently lifted him onto the floor. He is now home but hurting. He won't take his medicine. I have tried cream cheese, hamburger and hotdogs. He needs 12 pills a day so now I have a new hurdle. Any ideas????

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Lady is in surgery - UPDATE!
« on: October 18, 2006, 12:12:47 pm »
Hi Lady,
My name is Chumley and my mom just picked me up from the vet hospital today. I had my ACL repaired. I don't have a bandage though. I wish I did since it kind of makes my mom woosey to look at all my staples.I'm not feeling very well, I'm in a lot of pain but so glad to be home. I hope that you are feeling better soon. We will be running around like normal in no time and this will all just be a bad memory, yeah!

How exciting!!! You may want to consider a flying from Montreal or Toronto to BC. It is typically less expensive depending on how strong the dollar is. That way you could drive into the US with you new pup. It would be easier as far as paperwork and vaccines as well. Just a thought. BC is beautiful this time a year.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: New need help!
« on: October 17, 2006, 08:41:39 am »
Me again, I finally figured out how to post a photo. Here is Chumley. The surgeon just called and he is doing fine and in recovery, Yeah! Now thanks to some great suggestion I feel better about getting him home too!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: New need help!
« on: October 17, 2006, 05:25:53 am »
THANK-YOU so much!! I had no idea that there was such a thing. I am heading to the pet supply store this afternoon! It's good to hear that you have never had to deal with knee problems. I guess they are a common issue with big dogs. Thanks again.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / New need help!
« on: October 17, 2006, 04:33:52 am »
I am elated to have found this site. It is quite timely too. I have the most amazing big paw. His name is Chumley. He is a mix of German Shephard, Malamute and St. Bernarnd. He is about as tall as a Dane and weighs 145lbs. Here is my problem. Chumley is having surgery as I write this. He tore his ACL. I am distraught about this anyway but adding to my stress is the dilemna of how I am going to get him in and out of my small SUV. The surgeon is of no help at all as far as suggestions. Has anyone been in this situation? They said that they have a gurney to help him out to my vehicle but once I get home I have no clue how he is going to come out. I'm sure that he will be in a lot of pain and he is not to put any weight on his leg. Any suggestions would be most apprecitated. Thanks!!!

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