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long legged, barrel chested dog

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    long legged, barrel chested dog

    Hi, Angel Vets,

    Haven't seen you around lately, but we look forward to when you can visit and appreciate your advice and knowledge.

    Cruciate ligament tears seem much more common than I thought.  Neighbors of my parents just went through their second TPLO surgery with their Cocker Spaniel, and it reminded me of the danger we were warned of for our Lab.

    I have an American Lab, the taller breed as compared to the English Lab.  She's 3 and as exuberant and fearless as any other.  Last year, she had TPLO surgery, and our surgeon said that 50% of dogs who tear one tear the other and told us to keep her on the thin side.

    We walk 90 minutes a day, 1/2 leashed, 1/2 unleashed in the woods.  We also play fetch daily in the yard.  She jumps off 4 ft rock walls daily (who needs stairs when you're Superdog?).  

    We don't want to restrict her activity.  We got her the surgery SO she could keep running and playing indefinitely.  But, is there anything we can be giving her, exercises we can do, or anything we can do at all to lessen the chances of her tearing the other rear cruciate ligament?  I cannot bear the thought of going through TPLO surgery with her, again.

    She currently takes salmon oil, LongevityNutraZinc, and this joint supplement.  And, she eats Blue Buffalo Fish and Oatmeal for Large Breeds.

    Here she is long since healed and ready to play (she doesn't always stand that way with her back legs uneven).  Should she be thinner?

    Thank you so much for letting us know how to prevent this all too common injury.

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    Re: long legged, barrel chested dog

    Not a vet, but she looks nice and trim to me. I remember thinking in an earlier picture of her you posted a while back that she looked a little chunky, not sure if it was the photo angle or if she was and you got her more excercise.
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    Re: long legged, barrel chested dog The best person to answer these questions would be the dog's treating veterinarian (the specialist who did the surgery).     
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    Re: long legged, barrel chested dog

    She was in the middle to upper part of the "healthy" weight range for her frame, but now I do think she's on the slender side.  I've decreased her food and increased her walks.

    The surgeon only gave us the "keep her skinny" advice to prevent tearing the other side but still told us the lifetime risk was 50%.  I'm hoping AVs will get back to me with other things we can do.