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Old 04-09-2009, 05:32 PM   #1
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Sad Shelby - facing another hardship.

I have been hesitant to write this, as so many of you have been going thru what we went thru a little over a year ago. I don't want to be discouraging, but really am hoping for some in-put and maybe advice from anyone who may have an idea of what we are dealing with now.
As some of you know, Shelby had bi-lateral luxating patella surgery in Feb of 2008. It was a true success and her little knees are still in place. She had no problems until now.
A few weeks ago we noticed that Shelby was favoring her left leg. Lifting it when standing, and not always putting it down when she ran. I thought it was her patella...... and so we went to her orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday. He did a thorough exam and then did x-rays. He came back and consulted with my husband and myself telling us that her patellas are still where they needed to be and they looked wonderful...... but what we may be facing is a slight tear of an ACL.
Right now, she is being confined at all times, except for potty time and when she eats. It is so very difficult on her. (not to mention Seymour, who wants to play with his big sissy so badly). She is also taking some meds for pain.

I am pretty distraught. I just feel like this little bright eyed, energetic, little gal just ain't getting a break. We did everything that we could do for her while going thru her first surgery, including taking her to a rehabilitation center (where she had the best PT.... laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, and hydro-therapy. AND we did our own PT exercises between those appointments)....... just to have to face this now. And if we see no success in the next couple of weeks, she may have to face another VERY intense surgery.
Has anyone else had this happen AFTER a patella surgery? or know of someone that had this misfortune?
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Oh my gosh, girl...I am just *SO* incredibly sorry that you and Shelby are going through this. Before I continue though, I just have to say how INCREDIBLY thoughtful you are for even being hesitant about posting this being that so many of our babies have just gone through LP surgery. But please do not ever worry about that. I am just so concerned about Shelby now. Of course it does put a little worry in the back of my mind with Tatum, but I want to know all that is going on with Shelby because I truly do love that little girl. You have always been there to help me with all of the LP info regarding Tatum, and I want to be there for you and Shelby also in any way I can.

My heart is just broken for you guys. I hope and PRAY that sweet little Shelby doesn't need another surgery Please, please, please keep me updated on her. I will be checking back in this thread often....love you guys...and give that sweet angel a little hug for me
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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Oh my gosh, girl...I am just *SO* incredibly sorry that you and Shelby are going through this. Before I continue though, I just have to say how INCREDIBLY thoughtful you are for even being hesitant about posting this being that so many of our babies have just gone through LP surgery. But please do not ever worry about that. I am just so concerned about Shelby now. Of course it does put a little worry in the back of my mind with Tatum, but I want to know all that is going on with Shelby because I truly do love that little girl. You have always been there to help me with all of the LP info regarding Tatum, and I want to be there for you and Shelby also in any way I can.

My heart is just broken for you guys. I hope and PRAY that sweet little Shelby doesn't need another surgery Please, please, please keep me updated on her. I will be checking back in this thread often....love you guys...and give that sweet angel a little hug for me
Thanks, Brooke. I really feel like a big "dark cloud" posting this now..... There are so many YT'ers that have post-surgery (LP) and doing so well!! As Shelby did...... and just a reminder..... her LP surgery was not unsuccessful... the x-rays showed them to be fine.
Thanks for your kind words and thoughts. I will keep you posted. I have called her rehab specialist and hopefully will get some input from her. There is a possibilty that she may be able to help us .... and I wanted to get her in "the loop". I can already see the $$$ flying out the door again. .... but we gotta do what we gotta do! I WILL keep you updated.
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Im so sorry to hear her having problems with her leg again. Ill pray that it heals.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:11 PM   #5
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Im so sorry to hear her having problems with her leg again. Ill pray that it heals.
Thanks for thinking about us.... it helps to know that Shelby has a "cheering" section!
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Thanks, Brooke. I really feel like a big "dark cloud" posting this now..... There are so many YT'ers that have post-surgery (LP) and doing so well!! As Shelby did...... and just a reminder..... her LP surgery was not unsuccessful... the x-rays showed them to be fine.
Thanks for your kind words and thoughts. I will keep you posted. I have called her rehab specialist and hopefully will get some input from her. There is a possibilty that she may be able to help us .... and I wanted to get her in "the loop". I can already see the $$$ flying out the door again. .... but we gotta do what we gotta do! I WILL keep you updated.
Don't you dare feel that way....you can't help what little Shelby is going through and I know that I for one want to hear about every little detail there is. We are all here to offer each other support during these very heartbreaking times that our babies are going through I am GLAD you posted about it. I know that her LP surgery was very much a success and Shelby is definitely one baby that helped me feel more at ease about Tate's LP surgery. You were just so kind in helping me out and giving me so much info...I don't know what I would have done without ya girl!

I am keeping my fingers crossed that her rehab specialist will be able to help you out and give you some answers As for the money part, I HEAR YA! It costs an arm and a leg...I need to get myself a TATUM credit card!
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I'm not of any help as far as experience with it or knowing anything about it but I will definitely keep you both in my prayers... bless her heart!
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Wow.. I am sending my hugs and prayers your way as well!
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I am sorry to hear about Shelby. My yorkie that I had back in the 70's had a torn ACL and they did the surgery and did his knee at the same time since it looked bad when they went in. Zorro did well after the surgery and if I remember correctly he wasn't down for that long. I will say that even after surgery when he was standing still he would still hold that back leg up but if never seemed to bother him. I also heard that in small dogs you don't always need to have the ACL surgery. I hope the specialist can help you avoid surgery. I will keep you both in my prayers
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I'm sorry I can be of no help with this particular problem.
I'm sorry your little one is going through this.
I will keep you both in my prayers.
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I am soo sorry..you are in our prayers..
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I am so sorry that you are going through this with Shelby and I truley hope she gets better soon.

As far as a Torn ACL goes, A pitbull puppy that we had sold had gotten a Torn ACL in her new home and I KNOW it's not a Yorkie and may be different in healing time etc. but the injury is the same and I am sure the possibilities can be as well. the puppy was only about 11 weeks old and she had healed up without Surgery, she was on Pain Meds and kept on the low key and the vet had said there was a possibility surgery would be needed BUT in the end she had healed on her own. So there is a possibility that Shelby can recover without surgery.

I would just keep doing what you are doing and giving her love and we will all be sending prayers your way.. I really hope she recovers quickly and again I am very sorry about this. I know what its like to worry about your babies and feel bad for them.. and it's definately not fun and not something I wish on anyone.

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I have been hesitant to write this, as so many of you have been going thru what we went thru a little over a year ago. I don't want to be discouraging, but really am hoping for some in-put and maybe advice from anyone who may have an idea of what we are dealing with now.
As some of you know, Shelby had bi-lateral luxating patella surgery in Feb of 2008. It was a true success and her little knees are still in place. She had no problems until now.
A few weeks ago we noticed that Shelby was favoring her left leg. Lifting it when standing, and not always putting it down when she ran. I thought it was her patella...... and so we went to her orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday. He did a thorough exam and then did x-rays. He came back and consulted with my husband and myself telling us that her patellas are still where they needed to be and they looked wonderful...... but what we may be facing is a slight tear of an ACL.
Right now, she is being confined at all times, except for potty time and when she eats. It is so very difficult on her. (not to mention Seymour, who wants to play with his big sissy so badly). She is also taking some meds for pain.

I am pretty distraught. I just feel like this little bright eyed, energetic, little gal just ain't getting a break. We did everything that we could do for her while going thru her first surgery, including taking her to a rehabilitation center (where she had the best PT.... laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, and hydro-therapy. AND we did our own PT exercises between those appointments)....... just to have to face this now. And if we see no success in the next couple of weeks, she may have to face another VERY intense surgery.
Has anyone else had this happen AFTER a patella surgery? or know of someone that had this misfortune?
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Thank-you all for your postings on this thread!...... The ortho vet said that we ARE going to try to keep her "low key" for a few weeks, but it seems as if she is favoring that leg more now than she has a couple days ago. I don't understand why she would.... unless she injured herself further in her crate (... and we are using a soft crate with a solid, firm crate pad). She has a small lightweight blanket in there to lay on but it is small and nothing that is all going to cause her any problems). I am so hoping that she starts healing and we can avoid a surgery....... but right now it seems like it isn't looking like it is going in that direction. I hope that I am "jumping too quickly" with my thoughts and she proves me wrong.
Again, ty so much for the encouraging words..... and I will keep you posted on her progress.
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Don't you dare feel that way....you can't help what little Shelby is going through and I know that I for one want to hear about every little detail there is. We are all here to offer each other support during these very heartbreaking times that our babies are going through I am GLAD you posted about it. I know that her LP surgery was very much a success and Shelby is definitely one baby that helped me feel more at ease about Tate's LP surgery. You were just so kind in helping me out and giving me so much info...I don't know what I would have done without ya girl!

I am keeping my fingers crossed that her rehab specialist will be able to help you out and give you some answers As for the money part, I HEAR YA! It costs an arm and a leg...I need to get myself a TATUM credit card!
...... yep, a credit card that don't have a "bill"attached to it!!
But we know that they are worth it!! ....... By the way, how is little "Tater" doing this morning?
I WILL keep you posted. Anything that the vet or rehab therapist says (especially associated with LP) I will relay. I was told that by having LP surgery it would help to avoid any ACL tearing..... but it wouldn't "guarantee" it. So I guess we just happened to fall thru that crack.
One good thing, Shelby is eating well, pooping well, and would LOVE to thump on her little brother. They both miss playing with eachother so badly. (Now they lay next to eachother and Bop eachother on the nose with their front paws). Silly dogs!
Take care....... will post again later today.
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Oh I'm so sorry to hear this. I will be sending prayers and positive thoughts your way!
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