Pumba, a 2.5-year-old Labrador Retriever, had been experiencing some lameness in her left hind limb on and off for a while. When it became worse and she started holding her leg up completely after resting for lengthy periods, her family veterinarian referred her to WVRC’s Racine location. Dr. Reed, one of WVRC’s board certified surgeons, found that Pumba had a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). Unfortunately, dogs with CCL tears generally continue to have lameness until it is surgically repaired.
Dr. Reed successfully performed TPLO surgery (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy) to stabilize her knee. Then came the hard part, keeping this young Lab from running, jumping, or playing for two months! Pumba’s owners did a great job keeping her calm – her recovery and rehabilitation went as planned and Pumba was back to running and playing on schedule.
A year later, Pumba’s owner noticed that she was having similar issues with her right hind limb. Dr. Reed found that Pumba had now ruptured her right CCL and performed a TPLO on that leg. After another two months of rest and then rehab, Pumba had no set backs and in fact her owners said she had recovered faster than the first surgery. We wish Pumba many years of running and playing pain free!