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My 11 y/o Stella is undergoing her unilateral tie-back on Thursday. Obviously I have worries about the surgery, but I would like to hear about your experiences post-surgery. She will be allowed to swim. That's a given. Do you use a swim vest with your post tie-back dogs? Do you think that food bowl elevation is important (she is a swift but not light-speed eater)?
What other advice can you give me? I've had Goldens for 30 years but never one with LP.
Thanks!
 

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Susan,

Flash had bi-lateral done Oct 2010...he is now 13.5, doing good but he does have a cough going now - I think it's due to such a dry climate here in CO. We've had X-rays of his lungs this past Oct and all is well. He loves to swim, no way I could ever keep him out of the water even though many said he shouldn't after his surgery...no vest, he swims okay. He even gets marks when we train, all though they are super short. He pretty much leads a normal life. At first we fed him big chunks of can food but we are now able to feed him kibble (even though many said not too), but he is a super slow eater. He does get excited sometimes and eats a treat too fast, so we got to make sure he hacks it up! I'm very glad we had the surgery, I don't think he would still with us if we hadn't - one last thing heat causes him to labor breathing, so you might need to consider AC if you don't have it - we bought a couple window units for our house last summer...the things we do for our kids!
 

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I'd recommend getting on the Larpar list on yahoo. I had one years ago w/ it, but chose not to do the surgery. I put her down at 13.5 before the summertime heat hit. It's neurological (the vagus nerve runs from the laryngeal area to the rear end) so once it hits, things never get better.

I do recommend using cholodin supplements on aging dogs, just as a bandaid, to hopefully slow down anything that may be there.
 

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My Scarlett developed LP at 13. I did NOT do the surgery. We lost her in October at almost 17 after a stroke. Kept her out of the heat and humidity, used pred when she was having trouble breathing.

Meredith
 

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Dancer had her surgery at 13, is now 15 & has lived a completely normal life post-op. she did however later develop neuropathy in her rear end, which has slowly progressed in deterioration of function; doesn't seem to bother her, but it will force us to make a decision sometime in the future.

Would do it all over again-- scary the 1st few weeks post-op as you worry about possible complications, but life becomes normal quite quickly.

Connie
 

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Thanks all,
Stella is home now and enjoying her "meatballs"!
I'm glad to have the surgery behind us and am looking forward to the end of her rest and restriction phase :)
 

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Thanks all,
Stella is home now and enjoying her "meatballs"!
I'm glad to have the surgery behind us and am looking forward to the end of her rest and restriction phase :)
I don't know about you, but when I got Flash home I noticed a huge improvement just in his look on his face...he looked younger. I think what it was is he had a strained "smile" look because he was trying to move air all the time, but after the surgery he was able to relax his face...

Glad Stella is home and enjoying her meatballs! I hope her recovery goes smooth and is uneventful!

Lainee, Flash, Bullet, Tango and Rascal
 

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Thanks Lainee,
Stella's a little bummed about the no-swim until the stitches come out thing, but she did enjoying going to work with me today :)
With summer coming I didn't want to wait on the surgery very long, so she never had an advanced problem. But I can still see that she is more comfortable already!
 

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There is a vet in Aiken, SC that does Laser treatments for this, non surgical. I have an 11 year old Lab, was qualified for 2011 Master Nationals. Last March, a specialist diagnosed him with Larpar, and advised he needed surgery ASAP, and I would have to retire him. I decided to think about it.

About 2 weeks later I found out about the Laser. Made lots of calls, got informed the best I could. A Field Trial friend had given me the vets name, he had his dog treated and was still being able to compete his dog. It was only about a quarter of the cost of the tie back surgery, so I decided to give it a shot. Worse case, I could still do the surgery if it didn't help.

To make a long story short, my dog went on to pass the 2011 Master Nationals, is now in the Hall of Fame, and he went 4 for 4 and is qualified for the 2012 Nationals.

Before the treatments he was in pretty bad condition. He is not completely healed from Larpar, but it is now manageable for him. This will be his last Nationals, will soon be 12, has some arthritis now, etc, so unfortunately my tests with him are now down to 1. He has been a wonderful dog, 3 for 3 at the Nationals, hasn't failed a test in over 3 years, sleeps with me every night.

Just wanted to let you know there is another option out there.

The Vet is
Charlie Timmerman
Aiken, SC
803-648-6886
 
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