When I first mentioned Nuala’s troubles, I indicated that if she didn’t improve over the holidays, that she’d be going in to Lockerby Animal Hospital for a full assessment.
This happened last Thursday, January 3, 2013.
Phil and I took Nuala into the veterinarian in the morning and would pick her up after work. During the day, she would be lightly sedated, a proper assessment of the ACL injury performed, and then some x-rays taken t see if any subsequent joint damage occurred.
As an unexpected bonus, they also trimmed Nu’s nails and scraped the tartar back on her teeth due to the injury, we decided not to take her in for her regular grooming (we call it her spa day). I’m recommitting to a regular dental care regime for my girl now.
After work, we met with Dr. Wilkinson with no little bit of trepidation. Upon our last visit, Chad had said that if Nu needed surgery, that she’d likely have to go to Ottawa. This presented problems for Phil and I because we don’t have the leave to take a week off and see Nu to her surgery. Further, Nu doesn’t travel well and a six-hour car ride on either side of surgery would be untenable.
The verdict now: Nu’s ACL is indeed ruptured. Chad figured it occurred over the holidays because her symptoms were much more pronounced now than they were before.
Surprisingly, the x-rays revealed that Nu’s hips were just fine
Phil and I explained our issues with traveling to Ottawa, and Chad provided a local solution, one Dr. Hoscheit, but time was of the essence, as the good doctor would be leaving his practice at the end of February.
Referral in hand, we hurried home and discussed how we would proceed.
On Friday, Phil made the call to Dr. Hoscheit and we waited for an appointment. At 9:30 am on Saturday, the call came and we could be fit in at 12:20 for an initial consult. We’d have to act quickly, as Dr. Hoscheit prefers to see a patient post-surgically for up to 2 months after.
At the appointment, Dr. Hoscheit made his own assessment of Nu, and afterward discussed options. One of the procedures, a TTA, or tibial tuberosity advancement, was a possibility, but Dr. Hoscheit recommended a tightrope procedure instead. He said that for a dog of Nu’s size and age, that the procedure had the potential to be much more successful than a TTA.
He would be able to proceed as soon as he ordered more tightrope material. He hadn’t anticipated being able to complete another procedure before leaving the practice.
In the meantime, Phil will have to get the x-rays from Dr. Wilkinson as well as Nu’s blood test results, and bring Nu in for a pre-surgical blood test on Tuesday. Unfortunately, I’ll be out of town and this will all be on Phil. Fortunately, my mom has agreed to pick up the x-rays and lab results so that Phil will just have to come home, pick up Nu, and get her to Dr. Hoscheit’s in time for her 6:45 appointment.
So that’s how things are looking for the moment.
I think it’s a much more positive situation than we had expected and so both Phil and I are happy, relatively speaking. We’re very grateful that the doctor has agreed to fit us in before his departure.
So that, for now, is the pupdate.