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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?

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?

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 / 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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