Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
-- On the 'Subject' line put your dog's name.
-- In your email please state your dog's name, age, weight, gender, general physical condition & health.
-- Please give a full description of the situation. Be as accurate as possible about time periods. What are the symptoms? When did symptoms first begin?
What has happened since then? Has there been a
diagnosis by a vet? Has there been activity restriction? Improvement or worsening of symptoms? Setbacks/ Re-injuries?
-- Current condition? Limping? Holding up the leg?
-- Are you treating the joint problem with any drugs or therapies?
-- Are there any other health problems? How are they being treated?
Don't worry about your email being long. I would much rather read a long email than give a flawed answer
to an incomplete description.
Before you write, please be sure your email
system will accept a reply from us. If you do not receive a reply it may be that you have written via the system of an employer
or other entity which has blocked the response.
---- If you disagree with
something you have seen on the website, I would be interested to hear from you about that.
---- Emails are usually answered within 3 or 4 days.
Credentials? Biographical Info?
Who is this Max guy anyway?
The tiggerpoz website
is provided anonymously, pro bono, as a source of information about dog stifle ACL / CCL ligament injuries. Remaining anonymous and not stating any claim to credentials of any kind makes it possible to function more effectively and answer questions more straight-forwardly.
----- You are welcome to quote from this website on message boards but please provide a link to this website or mention the name "tiggerpoz.com" Thank you!
Most dogs can recover from these injuries without surgery. Some dogs will need surgery. But there is no doubt that surgery is hugely over-recommended and
very many unneeded and potentially harmful surgeries are done. That is why this website is here. People love their dogs and they trust the vet profession. When those facts are combined with high-profit
surgical procedures, human greed ensures there will be corruption. People will be sold unnecessary surgeries for their dogs. Some dogs will be permanently damaged by surgeries that were not needed in the first place.
---- I wish I could say "Trust your vet." But while there are
trustworthy vets, there are also vets who are not trustworthy. And there are vets who are not adequately competent. Dogs need their people
to be skeptical and cautious in making medical decisions.
I recommend that you see for yourself if your dog can re-stabilize the
injured joint if activity is restricted properly. If activity is carefully restricted and their people are cautious
and have patience, most dogs will re-stabilize the joint without surgery. If not, surgery will still be available as an option. The best surgical option will in most cases be a surgery that does NOT alter the bone structure. Bone alteration procedures TPLO and TTA are popular with many vets because these surgeries are very profitable. We see more and more unfortunate consequences to these bone alteration procedures. There are situations where TPLO or TTA would be appropriate, but for most dogs who cannot re-stabilize the joint using the non-surgical method discussed at this website, the best surgical option will be what is referred to as a "Conventional Stabilization" or "Lateral Suture Stabilization". This is simply installing suture which holds the bones while the dog's body develops scar tissue which will permanently keep the bones in place. With very large active dogs, the 'TightRope' procedure, which is another form of conventional stabilization, will be appropriate.
----- I will continue to respond to emails for the time being. But eventually I will be gone. So if you write and don't get an answer, it is probably because I am no longer available. But that won't mean your dog cannot re-stabilize his injured stifle! Recovery is usually possible for most dogs without surgery.
THE KEYS TO NON-SURGICAL STABILIZATION SUCCESS ARE CAREFUL ACTIVITY CONTROL WHICH AVOIDS OVER-STRESSING THE STIFLES(KNEES) AND PATIENCE. Over the years I have seen many many of these injuries/recoveries. The mistake that most often made is INCREASING ACTIVITY TOO-MUCH TOO-SOON. Be cautious! Increase activity watchfully and very gradually! Just because the limp has improved does NOT mean the joint is ready for heavy stresses. Be cautious! Be gradual in increasing activity!
----- Most dogs who have re-injuries during recovery have been allowed to increase their activity too-much-too-soon.
Many vets try to tell clients that all dogs with this type of injury must have surgery. Some of those vets want to sell bone alteration surgery for every limping dog they see. We are seeing more and more dogs with permanent damage caused by inappropriate TPLOs or TTAs. Do NOT rush into agreeing to surgery!