A Tale of Two Cruciate Ligaments

emily 8 years oldWe have a wonderful 8 year-old springer spaniel named Emily, who thinks that she is 8 months old. One day, in mid October, Emily was flying around checking the windows for local dog-walkers to scream at. The next time I saw her, she was still bouncing around, but now on 3 legs, the 4th tucked up close to her flank. Oye, oye, oye.

So off to the veterinarian to learn the diagnosis: ruptured cruciate ligament. We treated it conservatively with ice, meds and rest. A few days later, I spotted Emily standing in place and looking totally frightened and confused, back legs hunkered down and front legs spread wide. Guess what – ruptured cruciate ligament in the other back leg. Now there was no question: Emily would need surgery. Thank goodness for Veterinary Pet Insurance.

Needing services beyond the skills of our small local veterinary hospital, we took Emily to Chase Farm Veterinary Hospital in North Dartmouth, MA. After a consultation with Dr. Rickard, Emily was scheduled for her first surgery. We have known Dr. Rickard since she was a young teen. Nicole proclaimed at age 5 that she wanted to be a veterinarian and never wavered from that goal.

what's up doc?

What's Up Doc?Dr. Rickard is fantastic and we trusted her completely. She performed the first surgery and, less than 3 months later, the second. Emily is almost back to normal and it has been a challenge keeping her from doing too much, too soon. By the beginning of summer, she should be back to normal, again acting more like 8 months than 8 years old.

I have a fabulous fabric from the Alexander Henry Collection from 2003 titled “what’s up doc.” I made a KOALA Caddie for Dr. Rickard from this fabric. I don’t know if Nicole is a crafter, but I do know that the Caddie is now being used for every purpose known to women – beach bag, purse, book bag, roving bag for spinning, etc.,  in addition to my original purpose as an apron/tote for knitters, crocheters, and crafters. I know that she will find a use for it in her busy life and I know that she will like the fabric. I especially love the Kitty in bed, a new mom with her three bundles of joy.

When our pets hurt, we hurt. Thanks to Dr. Rickard and the staff at Chase Farm Veterinary Hospital, and to Veterinary Pet Insurance, Emily isn’t hurting any more.

All is well ~ Mary