Dog ACL Injury: Periwinkle’s CCL Story

Dogs are resilient creatures. Dog walking & pet sitting around PDX town, I see it all the time. Still, it’s hard to remember that fact when something happens to your own furry baby. With a body full of surprise-relief-delight (in that order), today I very proudly watched & helped Periwinkle hobble her way out of Aumsville Animal Clinic on 4 paws (sort-of on 4 paws) after major double knee surgery. I feel like I finally let out a deep breath I’ve been holding for months.

NOM NOM NOM NOM. Peri only needs 4 NOMS for such a pathetic bone. Even on drugs.

NOM NOM NOM NOM. Peri only needs 4 NOMS for such a pathetic bone. Even on drugs.

Periwinkle tore both her CCLs (cranial cruciate ligament – canine version of the human ACL) all the way back in…oh..maybe January of this year..? Lots of people who’ve been through what we’re going through understand why we don’t know exactly when – often a CCL tear happens over time. I’d bet a dollar they’d understand the stress & fear we’ve felt, too!

It took us a while to get where we are now, but the Winks finally had her knees did. And it’s done. And it’s over. Phew. I’m super excited about it even though today she’s a sleepy-stitch-seepy-drug-happy-drool-machine.

You can see Peri's knees here a bit. Still looking pretty.

You can see Peri’s knees here a bit. Still looking pretty.

I plan to share many more details about our story, which basically runs the gamut because we did it all: vet visits, research, conservative management, financial decisions, choosing a surgeon, preparing your home for pet surgery, the surgery itself, & the recovery period in due time. For now, I’m going to get back to my girl & continue satisfying my Breaking Bad addiction. Can you believe they only put the first half of the last season up? Torture but not as torturous as the CCL thing. Glad I have my priorities straight.

Cornbread checking in. Winks actually got a bit protective of her food when he came around but let him sit in her crate with her.

Cornbread checking in. Winks actually got a bit protective of her food when he came around but let him sit in her crate with her.

Lots of fluff in Peri's Doggy Den Recovery Room.

Lots of fluff in Peri’s Doggy Den Recovery Room.