it pours, right? I have the knee ouchies. The vet says I tore the cruciate ligament in my back knee. The only good news is that he thinks I didn't rupture it. Based on the fact that I become a total wimp at the vet and get all shaky and nervous he couldn't quite feel for sure how bad the instability in my knee is. But since I am really not limping (I just turn funny and don't put weight on my leg when standing) and that I showed zero signs of pain he doesn't think it ruptured. Or I is just very strong.
Official treatment is 3 weeks of pain medicine (deremaxx and a pain shot in my butt) with close monitoring of my actions - no running, jumping, zoomies, or playing wif other doggies. I must walk at least an hour every day. I must make improvements each week and report these to Mr. Vet. If improvements are not being made it means x-ray & surgery. I have not had an x-ray yet because it is very scary to put big doggies under anesthesia. So, if I needs an x-ray I'll get the surgery too. Mr. Vet and the hoomans don't want me to have to go under twice. The real statistics are if the tear is under 50% it can heal on it's own (it very well may tear again though). Mr. vet thinks there is a 20% chance that I will needs the surgery.
How is I suppose to enjoy the Holidays if I can't do zoomies?
Note from Momma: Tucker doesn't think anything is wrong with him. He hurt his leg doing major zoomies in the snow on Thanksgiving and was limping. He showed no sign of pain when when being poked and prodded so we gave it some time. It's common for him to pull his back thigh muscle, he's done it four times in 3 years. This time the limping was better in 2 days, he continues to try to run, but when standing you can see he is putting all his weight on his other leg. Tucker's vet likes to veer on the side of caution if the pets are not showing discomfort. I like that about him. There is a strong possibility that this will heal without surgery and we are hoping we can keep him calm enough so that it will. We just need to prevent the zoomies, keep him on leash, walk him to make him use his knee correctly, and prevent him from chasing Vader. He is already putting weight back on the leg after 4 days of anti-inflammatory meds. Fingers are crossed for our boy. Also, thank you all for your kind words about Ellie. We miss her dearly.