Friday, December 16, 2011

When it rains....

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.


  1. Tucker,

    I guess misery does love company. :( So sorry to hear that you are going through this my friend. Rest, rest, rest and hopefully you will not need any surgery. We are praying for you dude. Keep us posted. Thanks for thinking of me too.

    Your Buddy,

  2. Oh Tucker, no zoomies? That be horribulls! At least you gets to walkie efurry day. You is the forth of my furrends wot has a leg problem rite now. I send you slobbery smooches to make it all better.

  3. Hey Tucker.
    Wow, I'm so sorry you have an ouchie. I know it will be tough, but please try to rest for awhile. Just consider replacing your zoomies with extra naps, snuggles with the peeps, meditation, long strolls, etc etc. I'm sending you some of my super healing vibes to help out too.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  4. Take care of yourself, dude! Snow zoomies will be there waiting for you - winter is a long season.

    Sam and Pippen

    PeeS. Mom wants to know if you actually do jump... she thinks that would be scary on a normal day!

  5. JD is going through the very same thing. Walking has been crucial to his recovery. OY they just test us in every possible way. JD hurt his knee trying to outrun the squirrels. So now I go out in the back yard and chase the squirrels BEFORE I let JD out.... Yea picture that....

  6. Awww Tucker - we know not doing zoomies will be a bummer, but if you keep giving your parents the pitiful sad face, we bet you could get more treats!!! We hope you are feeling better soon and NO surgery!

  7. Aaaaah wants me to come stay withs you so you feels betters????

    Seriously I do hopes you will be betters haves no surgicals...dat would sure be a big knee to work on.


  8. Oh no, you and your poor family! Paws crossed for all of you
    Dachshund Nola

  9. Just read about Ellie. We are so sorry! That is very sad, especially when so unexpected right here at Christmas. But thank Paws she had you to give her a great life.

    Christmas magical smooches to your knee. I will put in a word with Santa Claws about zoomies.


  10. Aww Tucker! Knee injuries are the worst (I have bad knees too)! Keeping you "inactive" for 3 weeks will be rough! Good luck to your mom!
    We're dealing with things with Dar too. She seems to be having stomach issues at the moment. Ugh.

  11. Hi Tucker, now you do what your mum says and take it easy. We know what fun zoomies can be but only walkies for you. Take care big fella. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  12. Hope you feel better soon Tucker :)

  13. Dude! I can totally relate. I had to get the anesthesia and x-rays and my special orthopedic doctor says I have partial tears in both my knees. Now I have to exercise totally, but no bouncing or spinning.

    I am going to the physical therapies. Stay tuned this weekend when I try out the underwater treadmill for real.


  14. Poor Tucker. We know it will be very hard to have to rest so much, but we want you to get better. Take care, pal. And we hope you are doing fine very soon.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  15. Tucker, I hope your fine now, and still praying for you :)

    It's all About Pet Fences

  16. Poor TUcker :( Get better soon

    Stop on by for a visit

  17. Hey Tucker, I was just checkin' on ya'll. I knows it hasbeen difficult furs your mom withs Ellie's passing but let her knows dat we is thinking of ya'll and we send hugs.


  18. Hi Tucker! Hope you're feelin' better!

    If it makes you feel better, I just granted you The Liebster Blog Award.

    Go to my blog and checkout my post about it so you can bring the award logo to your blog:

    Kisses and slobbers!

  19. We're just checking in to see how you are doing. Hope the knees are healing themselves. Happy New Year to you, your kittie brothers and your pawrents.

    Jed & Abby