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Well, i went to pick him up this morning and consult with the specialist (who is incidently Extreamly cute and Nice!!!, not a bad 1/2 hour consult talking to him at all ;)).
They said that he tore his patella ligament, but not fully. They were actually quite stumped, and this is their "best guess" as to what is wrong. The only other tears they have seen were from hit by cars, or accidental cutting during surgery. They dont really have any previous cases like his that they can go off of for further treatment. When they ultrasounded the knee his patella is up higher then his good knee. They found some fluid there and sent it out for a reading, but think it is just normal from the injury. The doctor said this really isnt surgical, and he would prefer to not do surgery on it. Says that it is a very unrewarding surgery with many complications as far as actually keeping the ligiment sewn down.

So the plan is for Riley to be in a brace for 4-6 weeks and strict confinement/crate rest. Every week he will have to have the bandages changed. His leg is wrapped straight from his groin to his toenails. We will have to get used to that. After the 4-6 weeks we will go back up for another ultrasound/consult and talk to a physical therapist.

He said it could take 3-6 months to get back to normal activity again where he can walk normal. Although he may never get back to full strength in that leg. We will just have to see. That sucks also as the weather is getting nice. We LOVE to go for walks, hike and tracking. I dont know if he will ever be able to go back to tracking again. He has to consult with my vet tomorrow about everything, and also about his addisons. With the steroids he is taking with the addisons, we cant really use the drugs we want (antiinflamatories).
So all in all, a very long, painful recovery ahead of us. Finding how/where to confine him will be the challange. We have a large crate, but with his leg sticking out from teh brace i dont know if he will comfortablly fit.
 

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Is there any way the prednisone could have weekened the ligaments? I heard there are side effects from the pred? Just curious.... Hope we heals soon!
 

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Poor Riley, and poor you. Confining him for that long is going to be tough for both of you. We had Kelsey in an X pen when he was recovering from his cruciate surgery, could you do that? Once he was able to move a little more we would keep him on a leash inside so he could sit with us on the couch but not have free movement.
 

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I think a big x-pen would be great...take him on the porch or outside while you garden...put him in the living room to watch tv. It would be easier to tote around than folding a large crate up and moving it.
 

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Poor Riley. A big x-pen sounds better than a crate. :(

Maybe you should have that specialist come over to your house and check out your setup. ;)
 

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It will be a tough period to go through I am sure. Hopefully this will pay off for Ry. He is a trooper, and so are you. Hang in there!!
 

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Maybe you should have that specialist come over to your house and check out your setup.
I Like that idea Marian!!! I think it was all in my head, but i think we shared an extra long smile at the end when i was leaving. :D
 

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I Like that idea Marian!!! I think it was all in my head, but i think we shared an extra long smile at the end when i was leaving. :D
Nice benefit! lol I know this ordeal will not be easy on either you or Riley, but you will get through it, and hopefully, sooner than you think.
((((HUGS))))
 
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