For various reasons (big and small), 2009 was a tough year at Casa de LA & BD, as it was for a lot of people we know. We have high hopes that 2010 is going to be significantly brighter, better, and less stressful for us and others. Although we're still a few days out from the new year, things aren't exactly getting off on the right foot...or paw, in our particular case.
It seems our sweet Kip has ruptured the cranial cruciate ligament in his left hind leg -- the equivalent of the ACL in the human knee. While we were in Louisiana last week to see our families for Christmas, he injured the leg playing at the kennel.
This appears to be the continuation of a day or so of limping we saw in July, which at the time we attributed to a sprained muscle or other minor injury. We now suspect that the incident in July was probably the first strand of the ligament to rupture. The jumping at the kennel was just enough to cause the remaining two ligament strands to give out.
He's currently on a regimen of anti-inflammatory and narcotic drugs to ease any discomfort. Other than the limping, you'd never know he was in any pain -- he is still his usual smiley, waggy self. And he navigates surprisingly well on 3 legs!
He was sedated today to take x-rays which confirmed the diagnosis. We're scheduled to see the orthopedic specialist on Thursday, and the surgery to repair the knee will be scheduled shortly after the consult.
Although this is actually not an uncommon injury in dogs, and we are expecting a full recovery in 6-8 weeks, you can imagine that BD and I are understandably anxious about the surgery. We have every confidence in our vet and the specialist to which we've been referred, but we'd appreciate any prayers/happy thoughts/good juju you'd send our way.
He may not be a human baby, but he's our baby.