Friday, November 5, 2021

Beaus Bad News

 


I can not type a post, my heart is breaking in pieces. Below is copy paste of Vets diagnosis.
More when I can....


David Doyens, DVM
Thu, Nov 4, 7:42 PM (10 hours ago)
to me

Sandra and Robert,

Beau's examination and images have been evaluated and his findings formulated.  Beau's got several issues of concern.  The primary cause of his R rear leg lameness is due to his anterior cruciate ligament.  Like a football player, Beau's ACL is injured and it's painful to walk due to movement of his knee.  His L knee is not great but it's relatively normal and functional.  Beau's hips add to the challenges.  He has dysplasia -- neither of his hip joints have smoothly operating parts.  The ball part of the joint does not sit nicely within the socket part of the joint.  Specifically, the L hip is subluxated or sits a little outside of the joint.  Both are likely somewhat discomforting and, again, complicate the issue with this R knee.

Options may be limited.  For large breed dogs like Beau, surgery for the knee is the recognized gold standard.  But, his other problems may preclude him from being a good candidate for such surgery or complicate the healing process.  Remember, while his R leg heals from surgery, he's got to rely on his L leg to support him and it's not in the best of shape/condition to do that.

Inevitably, most such injuries eventually heal through scarring and contraction.  It's not an easy path -- nor a short path -- but, given time and patience and the necessary mediations, most dogs with ACL injuries will eventually heal.  

My recommendations for Beau if you choose not to pursue a surgical consult (and I can refer you to any number of surgeons in the area for a better idea of what options are available): time, rest, restricted activity; a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like meloxicam; an analgesic like gabapentin and a joint formula (GAG product) for supporting joint remodeling and physical therapy (water therapy, massage, or laser therapy).

You likely have some questions in regard to my findings.  Please don't hesitate to call or write should you have such.

Thank you,
Dr. Doyens



40 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Sad news indeed! I know you will do what you think is best for Beau. Sending prayers and healing wishes.

Bouncing Bertie said...

This is so very sad. You'll be in all our thoughts as you absorb this news and decide what is best for your dearest Beau.
Sending love and hugs,
Gail (and Bertie).

Astro & Mitzie said...

Praying for Beau,
xo Astro

easyweimaraner said...

oh man, dear Beau that are not the news we hoped for... but I know whatever the decision is you will make with your pawrents it is the decision by heart and by the love for you... and we will be with you and if we can help with something, we are there...

Hootin' Anni said...

Prayers for dear Beau and hoping for a miracle.

My Mind's Eye said...

Oh Beau I am so sorry for this news…patience and time and medication. I know you wanted to get back to your daily routine.
I am sending lots of love hugs and prayers
Cecilia

Tigger said...

Old age is no place for wimps is it Beau? We are really sad to read about your football injury. Lots of good players end their top class career early because of injury, but they find other ways to enjoy their lives. We are sure that the humans around you will do their utmost to ensure your quzlity of life and we know you will be glooded with love. Paw smacks Mr T

Millie and Walter said...

We're so sorry to read the news about Beau's knee and hips. Our paws are crossed that he will get better with lots of rest and TLC.

Mevely317 said...

How I'm loving this sketch ... the big grin on his face!
Hate the diagnosis, but have to say, I'm SO relieved it wasn't bone cancer. I know you'll do whatever you can to ensure Beau's kept pain-free. He's gonna LOVE the attention!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Beau boy, I wrote your mummy a letter, all you need to know here is the I and all your followers love you too and are sending endless POTP... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Sandee said...

Big healing hugs, Sandra. I know you'll do what's most appropriate. We're here for you. Healing scritches to Beau. ♥

Ginny Hartzler said...

Oh my, I am so sorry! He did say it will heal with time, so that is good! And maybe a surgical consult couldn't hurt (except in the pocket) because they would know a bit more about Beau's recovery from any procedures, since the surgeons have done a lot of these operations. Did he say how much pain Beau may be in? I'm sure the meds will help. Is it hard to give him pills? I am so glad it is not bone cancer, that had been in the back of my mind.

photowannabe said...

(((hugs))) to you Beau and to your pawrents too.
This is so difficult but I know how much Mama loves you and they will make the best decision for you that they can.
Sending love...
Sue

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Sadly I know only too well the dilemma of ACL tears, having gone through three dogs and five tears between them. Your situation is worsened for sure by the hip issue. I will write to you this afternoon and give you my experience. The prime consideration needs to be Beau's comfort level and your physical ability to help. I am so sorry.

K.

Rose said...

I sure hated to hear our fears confirmed. I was hoping and praying that it would be something a bit easier to deal with. Give that Beau a hug from me...

DeniseinVA said...

I am so sad over this and lots of prayers and hugs heading your way.

Brian said...

That made my heart drop too but it could have been a lot worse with bone cancer. A long time ago (prior to 2009) we had to big dogs live here, real sister pups. They both had those problems and we restricted their activity (they loved to chase tennis balls prior) and did the meds and supplements. They did pretty well for a long time, it was work and a bit tough but they were both worth it too. We love you Beau, easy does it pal.

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

Thinking of you, Bob and Beau...sending prayers!

CheerfulMonk said...

I'm so sorry. My heart goes out to you both. ❤️

Ann said...

Sending lots of prayers for Beau and a hug for you.

Yvonne said...

I'm sending prayers and hugs to you.

The Florida Furkids said...

We're sending purrs and prayers for Beau.

carol l mckenna said...

Oh dear ~ I am saddened by Beau's physical complications ~ thoughts and prayers are with you and Beau and lots of distant reiki healing energy ~ Love and hugs,

Living in the moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Matilda the Boxer said...

Aww, Beau, I"m sorry you have to go through all this! BUTT the dogtor is right that you can heal up and get along just fine. So we will cross our paws that everything goes well for you.

3 kats and a kwiltr said...

Snuggles and purrs for Beau, hoping that he finds a way to heal and/or find relief from pain.
Maggie May, Suki (princess fuzzybutt) and mommy, Anna

LOULOU said...

Oh, Beau, how terrible for you and we know how worried your family must be. But they will do what is best for you, Beau, we are sure of that. So sorry for your troubles. Hugs to all.

catladymac said...

Beau we send you and your pawrents all the purrayers, Power of the Paw and Moose Magic (an Elkhound thing) to help you through this time.

Unknown said...

Devastating news!! I would be heart sick as I'm sure you are.
My positive thoughts are with the whole family. Power of the Paw to you, Beau.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Sad news. But we know you’re in his corner and will do the best for your boy.

pilch92 said...

I am praying for Beau. XO

Susan from Bucks County said...

Sending all of you hugs and prayers. We are here for you. Love you Beau.

Service Cats U.S. said...

We are sending lots of hugs and purrayers.

Luvs ya'

RaenaBelle and Zebby

Susan from Bucks County said...

I just thought of something after I sent my comment. 15 years ago I had a Corgi that used a cart to get around when he lost the use of his back legs. He got around really well. Maybe that could be an option down the line for Beau. Don’t give up.

KB said...

I'm so sorry to hear that diagnosis. That's not what you wanted to hear but there is hope. Those meds will help a lot with pain, and Beau can heal over time. Big hugs to all of you.

Chatty Crone said...

Wow - oh my goodness. I really hate to hear that dilemma. I am so sorry. I do know you will do what is best. Love, sandie

Marv, Jo Jo, Komo, Cinnamon & Angel Nellie said...

Oh Dear. We were hoping for better news. We send hugs (> ^_^ )>
And Strength and purrayers for you, Dad and Beau!

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

We are pawyering hard for your well being, Beau. Sending lots of POTP as well.
And for strength and comfort for your peeps, too. ♥

Molly the Airedale said...

We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers, Beau♥

Inger said...

Poor Beau, he must really be hurting. The one good thing coming out of all this is that the vet took the time to write down everything that's going on with Beau's health. I've never had a vet do that. It's just so much easier to understand what's going on when it is in writing. At least for me. Plus now Bob has seen it in writing too. I hope that as time goes by and Beau takes his medicine and gets his rest, he will feel better. It will be a difficult time for you guys, but if Beau has a strong heart and he's OK for the rest of him, maybe he will recover. And you will just love him and take such very good care of him. Spoil him...

BellaDharma an BellaSita Mum said...

Mee-yow what a way to meet you Beau Poochie!! Wee came from dalton an Benji'ss blog to meow to you!!
Wee send POTP an purrayerss an hope yore meddycinss will help you combat THE pain an you can stay with yore furamillee.
Yore a hansum Man Poochie an iss so not fair you are havin such issuess.
BellaSita Mum iss goin to say purrayerss fore you an yore Meowmy....
***purrss*** BellaDharma an {{hugss}} BellaSita Mum
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