Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Vet Visit

We went to see Dr. Klemm, Ivy's regular vet. She really loves this man! He agrees that it is more than likely her other CCL. We have an appointment with Dr. Stallings, an orthopedic specialist on July 25, in Virginia Beach. Ivy saw Dr. Stallings when she ruptured the left knee, but we opted to have the surgery while we were in Charleston, SC. Coincidentally, I have learned that someone in my OrthoDogs group goes to him also, and she recommends him highly. I just wish we didn't have to wait so long to see him. Ivy seems a bit more uncomfortable this time around, so she is taking Deramaxx (nsaid) and Tramadol (pain killer). It's going to a a long 10 days! In the meantime, Ivy is back in jail.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The other knee blows out.....

Ivy was 5 months post TPLO, loving life again. She had been released by Dr Pernell to start getting her normal Lab loving life back. We had been increasing her walks and she had just started short swims. A weekend trip to Blacksburg to visit our daughter, ended that. We had been there maybe 3 minutes when Ivy ran up a hill, yelped in pain, and came up on three legs! We called our vet in Chesapeake to get a referral to a specialist and left the next day. This has been a very long weekend for the three of us. Ivy is miserable and seems to be in more pain than ever. We are miserable, but at least we can drink wine. I have some Tramadol, left from her TPLO in February, so now she is napping peacefully. Just need to get to Monday.
We had been warned that the other knee blowing out was a very real possibility. But, really, very little warning that it was imminent. Earlier in the week, after a short hike and swim, Ivy was pretty sore and I thought that maybe she was limping off the back right leg. But, the next morning she was fine. So, Ivy may be starting over again. Poor girl. Hurry up, Monday.