Dagnabit…a Ruptured Ligament!

November 1, 2007 at 7:02 am 20 comments

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My little bear, Cinder, a 4 year old Bouvier, ruptured a ligament. But she couldn’t help herself….the big buck was on the same trail and she just HAD to chase him. I wasn’t too impressed when he came charging towards me at full tilt, but he deeked into the bushes about 20 feet ahead. Whew.

Now for the girl. I iced her and massaged her for a few days then finally took her into the vet. Surgery. $1200 from him or $3500 from a specialist. So we talked, as I had already diagnosed matters from the internet and have a friend who’s hairy little kid did the same thing. The friend decided to forgo surgery.

I asked the vet if I gave her glucosamine, continued to ice and massage, took her on short walks only and not on hills , if this would do further damage and if an operation was then necessary would it complicate matters. He said no, there might end up being a little bit more arthritis but I might be successful too.

So that will be my focus for the next while…making sure Cinder is on a strict regime and short leash. Dagnabit, that buck shoulda known better then to be where my girl was 😀

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20 Comments

  • 1. JJ  |  November 1, 2007 at 8:25 am

    Oh no poor baby! Don’t even think about surgery, dogs are incredibly good at bouncing back from injuries. She’ll be just fine with your home-medication plan.

    Hugs and doggy kisses and a big WOOF coming Cindy’s way from Sitka (and me).

  • 2. Karen  |  November 1, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Poor little guy. Hopefully no surgery will be necessary. Make sure to give her lots of love, massages, attention, treats, and more love.

    My cats send their best wishes.

  • 3. harpervalley  |  November 1, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    JJ, thanks for your support. it’s kinda like, if i have a knife i will use it. Cinder’s just caught your and Sitka’s kisses and woofs 😀

    karen, thanks to you too. The kisses came towards her but she backed off …..gee i don’t know why 😀

  • 4. Bruce  |  November 1, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Injuries like that are really hard. I had a Dane/Lab cross in BC, read: horse. When he was a pup he walked into a moving car and fractured his hip. We took him to the vet and there was no surgery to be done at the time. We looked after him and he was fine but we knew arthritis would be a big problem for such a big dog over time. Eventually we inquired about hip replacement but it wasn’t available for dogs at the time. Although he was the first dog in BC to have a vasectomy, long story, maybe later.

    Our pooch friends are very resilliant because they genuinely love life more than we can know and want to see every minute of it, especially with you.

  • 5. harpervalley  |  November 2, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    bruce……whoa, that IS a horse!!! ok, we’ll get the vasectomy later…..but ouch, walking in to a moving car? how did he end up, did the arthritis creep up on him?

    ya, our doggy friends are the best in the world. my girl’s sleeping now after a 10 minute walk then a ride in the car. she’s so stoic i can’t believe it.

  • 6. bcwaterboy  |  November 3, 2007 at 5:49 am

    Joint surgery is nasty avoid it all costs. Glucosamine sulphate is really good for joint injuries and dogs, do have a way of bouncing back stronger than ever.

  • 7. harpervalley  |  November 3, 2007 at 10:21 am

    thanks tim! ya, got her on the glucosamine plus some homeopathic stuff. short walks, massage, all that hoo haw. it’s not like vets are an evil bunch, just products of the institution. mine was encouraging when i told him i’d handle it myself, but he’s a young sikh (sp?) man who was interested in the kind of energy work i do.

  • 8. Q  |  November 3, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    I’m concerned about your language scout…dagnabit? There could be kids reading this blog. Very strange kids albeit.
    I’ve had vets tell me to put down an injured dog if I don’t spend thousands for reconstructive work…bastards. Dogs do heal. It’s the dog food that kills them eventually.

  • 9. JJ  |  November 4, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    How’s the baby today? I hope she’s doing okay. Kiss, hug, woof.

  • 10. 900ft Jesus  |  November 4, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    scout, I ope your pal pulls through wonderfully. I agree with jj- dogs heal well without surgery. My buddy was hit by a school bus – shattered his pelvis. The vet said 4 ops were needed – intestinal surgery, pins in his pelvis, soething else (don’t recall) and..CUT OFF HIS NUTS!!!!

    Well, you can imagine what Demon thought about that! I brought him home, administered a couple of home-made enemas (with help), had friends help me carry him around in a home-made sling to keep him interested in life. He is laying by me right now, perfect shape, still chases deer for hours. No operations, just lots of common sense, care, and spoiling.

    I figured the ops would have done him in. But there are times, I’m sure, when they are necessary. I like trying to deal with it myself first. Less stressful on the critters.

    Good luck to both of you!

  • 11. 900ft Jesus  |  November 4, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    scout, I hope your pal pulls through wonderfully. I agree with jj- dogs heal well without surgery. My buddy was hit by a school bus – shattered his pelvis. The vet said 4 ops were needed – intestinal surgery, pins in his pelvis, something else (don’t recall) and..CUT OFF HIS NUTS!!!!

    Well, you can imagine what Demon thought about that! I brought him home, administered a couple of home-made enemas (with help), had friends help me carry him around in a home-made sling to keep him interested in life. He is laying by me right now, perfect shape, still chases deer for hours. No operations, just lots of common sense, care, and spoiling.

    I figured the ops would have done him in. But there are times, I’m sure, when they are necessary. I like trying to deal with it myself first. Less stressful on the critters.

    Good luck to both of you!

  • 12. 900ft Jesus  |  November 4, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    sorry! don’t know how that happened. Still fighting this plague and it interferes with time-space and all that. Or I’m just a clutz.

  • 13. Wandering Coyote  |  November 4, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Guess who’s coming to a town near me tomorrow night?

    And I cannot go.

    I hope to get pictures from my brother and sister-in-law, though, then I’ll send them on to you for some creative photoshopping!!!

  • 14. harpervalley  |  November 4, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Q…I, I apologize for the language. But I was just SO overcome with sadness for my dog and her gosh darn lousey knee. oh no, there i go again!

    JJ….she kinda overdid it today as the landlord and his kids were here so she got a bit excited. otherwise she’s lying calmly right now with an ice pack on her knee…..she just moves it when she thinks she done. how’s your cold?

    900, thanks…..and that’s quite the tale (tail?)…..wow, 4 breaks and she healed right up. this vet bit is quite a racket. nice hiccup post…i’ll delete one of them….didn’t know you had a plague….get well soon!!!!

    coyote…….is it who i’m thinking of?????????? good gawd and you can’t go….oh well, you’d probably barf anyways. but ya, if your bro and sisinlaw get some good pics i’m game!!!!!!!!!!

  • 15. Wandering Coyote  |  November 5, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Yeah, it’s a shame. A damn shame. But curling starts tonight and I’ve waited for so long for this…My dad is confident SH will be back in the riding, though, so hopefully I’ll get another chance to see his puffy mug in person. I’ll send along any decent pics.

  • 16. JJ  |  November 5, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Awww. The big baby. Bouviers.:) The cold is still putting up a good fight, but I think I’m finally winning.

  • 17. harpervalley  |  November 5, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    coyote….curling is more canadian then SH anyways. would appreciate pics if plebes can get close enough to him 🙂

    JJ….ya, bouvies are big babies!!! i’ll try take a pic of her tonight. geeze….what a rotten cold! wrestle it to the ground, woman!

  • 18. sassy  |  November 6, 2007 at 7:38 am

    Hi,

    Just checking in to ask how Cinder is doing? My dog and I are thinking of her.

  • 19. harpervalley  |  November 6, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    hey sassy, thanks to you both. it’s a slow process but being a bouvier she’s being pretty mellow through it all (i should clarify – a female bouvie…the males are goofy babies). what kind of dog do you have?

  • 20. sassy  |  November 6, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Scout,
    My canine companion is a 12 yr. .Lhasa Apso / Shih Tzu cross (attitude, attitude, and attitude).

    One of her many bog friends is a male Bouvier (a big sweet and gentle fellow who loves to rest his head in your lap, mothers all baby creatures, and takes anyone who is willing, on a romp through his 100 acre back yard).

    It’s hard when they are not well, my little one had surgery a few weeks ago. She is going to be fine (tumors were benign) but it was hard on her, and that stark reminder to me that a love gained brings with it a possible love loss. But HEY, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Cheers to Cinder and her human care-giver ….. you.


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