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Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 25, 2007 - 08:25pm PT
It's been a rough month but life's OK today.

Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:33pm PT
Ahhhhhhhhhh. . . I love doggies!

What happened to his little legs - did he/she have to get heartworm treatment IV?


eKat
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:34pm PT
Now that's a happy pup! Was he/she ill or injured?
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:34pm PT
What's with the blue tongue?
cowpoke

climber
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:38pm PT
awh, Jack! what happened?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2007 - 08:50pm PT
The blue tongue he comes by naturally. Part chow, we guess -- he was found on the median strip of an interstate so we never met his parents. On-the-Road Jack has no trace of a chow disposition, though.

As for the leggings, he tore a hind-leg ligament and at the same time got real sick earlier this month -- we're not sure how or if those troubles are related. Ended up needing IVs in both forelegs for a bit. The flashy purple wrap is to keep those areas protected while healing.

The red bandana is his deer-season fashion.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Nov 25, 2007 - 08:52pm PT
Well certainly glad to see he's looking chipper!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2007 - 09:57pm PT
Chipper enough I'm not lifting him into the car anymore!

Anyone else had experience with torn ligaments and how well they heal? We got an iffy description from the vet.
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Nov 25, 2007 - 10:08pm PT
Bianca (GoldenRetriever/YellowLab cross) blew out both ACLs. . . the surgeries were $1800 for the first and $900 for the second. Seems the procedure got dialed in and easier and faster. . . so when Skadi (GoldenRetriver/Newfoundland cross) blew hers out 10 years later I figured the surgery would be FREE!

HA!

They changed the whole thing and went with a patented procedure called a TPLO - Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy - and it was. . . HOLD ON TO YOUR SHORTS - $3600.

OUCH!

Bink recovered from hers faster than Skadi did. . . Bink was over them in about 2 months. . . Skadi (much bigger breed) took 10 months. We had to pick her up and carry her a lot.

Ended up taking a canvas shopping bag with handles and ripping it down the seams so we had a sling - with handles and we'd sling her around her belly/boobs and assist her to get out to PoopCity.

IT WAS HARD!

She's beautiful, though. . . and worth the effort!



SplashFwimmyFwimmyFwimmy!

Which, by the way, is the BEST exercise for them when they are recovering from TPLO and other related ligament injuries.

:-)

eKatAndTheBabyBlack

May Bink rest in peace!


bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 25, 2007 - 10:15pm PT
Larry...looks like he is doing great. Good luck to him. My two last year on a winter ride.



Blinny...nice looking pup. If you need any info on Ecuador...drop me a line.
locker

Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Nov 25, 2007 - 11:07pm PT
"On-the-Road Jack has no trace of a chow disposition, though"...

it's in there alright...

and COULD come out if taunted...

and that is how it SHOULD be...

but most likely the little doggy is cool simply because he is...





















LOVED...
DavisGunkie

Trad climber
Davis, CA
Nov 26, 2007 - 01:29am PT
you guys should think about pet health insurance. we have it for our pup and it has paid for itself. she had pretty invasive stomach surgery, her colon/small intestine had adhered to the cavity wall due to IBD, we only paid a hundred or so if i recall correctly. we have our policy through VPI, ours doesn't do regular maintance type stuff. but covers virtually everything else
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Nov 26, 2007 - 11:15am PT
DavisGunkie. . . doesn't your pet have to be a pedigree to get that insurance?

?

All my doggies have been half breeds. . . magnificent half breeds, but half breeds nonetheless!

?

eKat
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2007 - 11:32am PT
eKat -- thanks for your note. Jack's ACL is only a partial tear, so he doesn't need surgery "yet." But the vet said it's likely he will tweak it again and need an operation in the future. Your costs are in line with what we were told, yow!

But on the bright side, looks like your doggies have gone on to enjoy life.
DavisGunkie

Trad climber
Davis, CA
Nov 26, 2007 - 12:20pm PT
not at all, my pup is a rescue and we have no idea what she is.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2007 - 01:02pm PT
DG, we thought about insurance for our mutt, but it seemed pretty expensive. You've found it cost-effective, though?

Guess we should watch out for "pre-existing condition" fine print too.
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Nov 26, 2007 - 01:07pm PT
Chiloe. . . . don't wait. . . the longer you wait, the better (or worse, depending on how you look at it) his chances of getting arthritis are. . . and the healing process takes WAY LONGER.

I know a big GoldenRetriever/Yellow Lab cross here in town who had a partial and the owners put off the surgery for too long and even though they pounded down the major fundage and had the TPLO, he never quite fully recovered and has serious arthritis and he's only 5.

:-(

He's beautiful and I'm glad he's still alive - but if the owners had just acted quicker I think he'd be back on the ball, as it were, instead of just being on the floor. . . asleep all the time.

You'd never know Skadi had it done and she's 11. (she had it done 5 years ago) She's fully certifiable, though. . . as in COMPLETELY NUTZ!

eKat
DavisGunkie

Trad climber
Davis, CA
Nov 26, 2007 - 01:34pm PT
we just have the very bottom plan i think which covers essentially emergency or non regular type stuff

http://www.petinsurance.com/coverage/?a=7D380059-19BB-3E97-063B570CEB63188B&b=7D380068-19BB-3E97-06672A27B208ED30&c=7D380078-19BB-3E97-060FDFF49CAADCD5

23 bucks a month or so depending on coverage isn't that bad. Plus the first big expense you get, it will get covered easily
atchafalaya

climber
California
Nov 26, 2007 - 01:54pm PT
A dog's life is sweet. Hiking the Methuselah Grove trail at sunrise on t-day...

Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Nov 26, 2007 - 02:53pm PT


Nothin' like a little dog love to make your day!




TheBabyBlack and MyOwnSelf WAY out in the Ten Lakes Scenic Area.

eKat and SkadiTheVikingGoddessOfWinter



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