We really don't know- she just started limping one day and it progressively got worse so we took her to the vet and she was diagnosed and a few weeks later we were in for surgery! The vet also said there is a 65% chance of her cruciate tearing in the other leg once one tears- The orthopedic surgeon in dogs the cruciate ligament injuries typically have a genetic component- similar to hip dysplasia.
My Magnum tore hers in the her back left leg last November - she didnt have the TPLO surgery though - they said that since she was only about 40 lbs and full grown (2 years old) that TPLO surgery would be too much to do on her and unncessary -so they did the one where they just recreate the ligament with the artificial rope stuff (yeah I am real scientific!!) LOL --- so did your girl tear both sides? It looks like she has scars on both legs?
Yep, unfortunately she tore both! We just had the tplo on the right leg- She tore it 3 days after she had the tplo on the other leg! So there were a few days that only her front legs worked well! however, she is recovering very well!
According to the three vets I've spoken with, and some orthopedic vet specialists at the U of F there is a genetic component, I spoke to the breeder and he said none of his dogs have ever had this problem and that it is likely with the increased popularity of the breed it will become more prevalent- He also offered a replacement pup- Yeah right- like I'd give her up! Not only that but the cost of the surgeries was about $7000.00 So if I got another pup with the same problem I would really be up the creek!
AWwwwww poor girl!!!! She still looks pretty young though- so hopefully she will really bounce right back - thats the good thing about Mags - she was only 2 when it happened to my vet said she should recover to like 95% function within a year - i dont know anything about Mags' background since she is a pound dog, but my vet said it tends to happen more too the larger the dog is.
I think we had to wait minimum of 8 weeks- they do 4 and 8 week follow-up x-rays to be sure the first surgery has healed, which fortunately it did so we were able to do the second surgery immediately after they took the 8 week radiographs- We really have been pretty lucky we haven't had any complications! But we are still keeping our fingers crossed because the 2nd surgery was only two weeks ago today! Thanks for the compliments!