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Send good thoughts for my dog- surgery tomorrow...

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  • Send good thoughts for my dog- surgery tomorrow...

    My awesome little agility dog refused a jump at a trial 3 weeks ago. VERY out of character for her and it got to me a bit as she actually walked up to it and then went around it. But it was actually snowy and wet and slippery so it could have been that. I brought her to my vet the next day and she said nothing was wrong with her and it was a training issue. I was not convinced as this dog usually tears up the course. I continued to trial her and at the next trial she refused the A Frame with a very sad look on her face and I carried her off course. We trotted her out and noticed a funny gait behind. I had the massage therapist look on her and she found her to be tight in her hip.
    So that week I brought her to the professional canine therapy and rehab place nearby. By now there were obvious gait changes behind, particularly right hind. She found her to be sore in her iliopsoas muscle and other hip flexors and that she was not using the right hind to its full extent because of this. She has had laser treatments and strengthening exercise but she wanted her to keep working as usual.
    I had still noticed gait changes but kept working on strengthening. Tuesday of this week she refused the a-frame multiple times in practice and then quit on me in a jumpers sequence. That was it. Off to the ortho.
    She saw the ortho specialist today and he found her to have at minimum a retinacular tear in her right hind knee that has caused instability in the patella (patella is all over the place which was NEVER an issue in this dog). He also thinks there is cruciate involvement. Radiographs didn't show anything obvious which indicates a traumatic injury, likely a slip in the snow/wet grass at that trial.
    So, tomorrow she will have surgery. First they will do arthroscopy to inspect the cruciate. If that is fine, they will move right into stabilizing the patella. If the cruciate is bad, they will fix it and the patella at the same time.

    I am so worried about my baby girl. She is my heart dog and the absolute love of my life. I am hoping to get her sound enough to continue to compete, but we shall see. She is a once in a lifetime dog.

    Please send good thoughts for her surgery!

    Here's a pic of the little gal:
    If riding were all blue ribbons and bright lights, I would have quit long ago.
    ~George Morris

  • #2
    She is adorable!

    I am mostly impressed that you have time to do anything other than vet school....

    Good luck!


    • #3
      Good luck! She's lucky to have such an observant, caring owner. She's absolutely adorable by the way


      • Original Poster

        Thanks Ben and Me!
        I force myself to do things other than vet school or I go crazy. Agility is my "thing." My horses are fat and happy and doing absolutely nothing. But the dogs keep me sane! So much easier to work with them as I can fit in 10 minutes here and there during study breaks whereas my horses are 45 minutes from school and take up half the day to get a ride in.

        My classmates still think I'm crazy.
        If riding were all blue ribbons and bright lights, I would have quit long ago.
        ~George Morris


        • #5
          Tee-hee--look at that adorable wee little dog sailing over the fence!

          Good luck tomorrow, and kudos for being such an observant owner.


          • #6
            What a beautiful dog!

            Good luck with the surgery, sounds like she is in good hands and will be up and running soon again.

            One of my best friends is a small animal vet that also does obedience and agility with several dogs.

            I think vets have a double in the closet, don't know how they can keep going and going and going and be in two places at the same time.
            They leave the energizer bunny in the dust.


            • #7
              Wayyyyyyyyyyyy too cute!!! Hope the surgery goes well!!
              Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


              • #8
                Jingles for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!


                • #9
                  MCS: She is amazing, look at that serene face as she sails over the bar!!

                  Best wishes for her recovery and kudos to you for being so in tune with her!!

                  PS. Double amazing to me is a short faced breed doing agility My pug mix would be worn out / unable to breathe after about the 4th obstacle!!
                  HaHA! Made-est Thou Look!


                  • #10
                    OMG. I ADORE Bostons, have one myself, they are the best dogs and I am obssessed with my little guy.

                    Huge jingles for you and your girl today!!!!!!


                    • #11
                      Jingling -not curb chains but choke chains

                      Jingles, jingles, jingling. So us Menagerie folks may not have curb chains handy; maybe they are packed away in a box in the basement, but I have an old choke chain in the bottom of the toy basket I am jingling for your girl.


                      • #12
                        how is Abby doing? I hope the surgery was successful and her recovery is uncomplicated.
                        Save lives! Adopt a pet from your local shelter.


                        • #13
                          Jingles to the adorable flying Boston!!!!!!!


                          • Original Poster


                            The surgery went very well. Arthroscopy showed no damage to the cruciate. YAY!
                            So she had the patella stabilized and is awake and recovering. I can't pick her up until Sunday which just may kill me. She is my heart and the love of my life. My other dogs (especially the 4 month old boston) are beside themselves without Abby to boss them around.

                            Thank you for all the compliments on my little "flying brick." I was an aussie person until I stumbled across this breed. Now I am a Boston and Aussie person. They are amazing little dogs that are smart as can be and the absolute best companions I could ask for. And super good at agility!! Mine have a little more nose than most, even my bitch that does very well in conformation. I choose and breed them based on athleticism and structure and function vs most who breed for a super pushed in face and bulldog build, which is not true to the breed but is trendy.

                            Here's another picture of Abby being cute on the table:

                            I will keep you posted on her recovery, thank you so much for the good thoughts, I am certain that they worked!
                            If riding were all blue ribbons and bright lights, I would have quit long ago.
                            ~George Morris


                            • #15
                              My mother and father had a Boston when they first married...eons ago. She was their "first born child", sort of!!
                              Smart as a whip...and super cute like yours. Good healing thoughts!!
                              Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


                              • #16
                                Jingles to you and your adorable girl. Hope the surgery goes well and she has a speedy recovery.


                                • #17
                                  ABBY ~ RECOVERY JINGLES ~ SHE IS CUTE AS A BUTTON !

                                  RECOVERY JINGLES FOR ABBY `

                                  SHE IS ADORABLE ~

                                  THANKS FOR SHARING HER STORY AND PICTURES `
                                  Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                                  • #18
                                    Jingles for a speedy recovery to the flying brick!


                                    • #19
                                      I'm glad everything went well! I love to see people excited about their dog/breed, no matter what the breed is!


                                      • #20
                                        A friend of mine with Border Collies in agility also has a Boston. Your Abby is so cute. Hope she's doing well.