06/23/2014

To: The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

A few years ago when my middle aged hyper-athletic dog tore his Canine Cruciate Ligament (like the anterior cruciate ligament in humans) I took him to my vet (who I have a great deal of confidence in). He laid out my options and told me to make a decision in the following few days. It was a very weighty decision and I wanted more information. I searched the web. Unfortunately each option had strong advocacy. Although I found a lot of information it did not make the decision easier or tip the balance in any direction. Then I found Dr. Ron Hines site. The information was objective and free of commercial bias. I was able to weigh the options. I was able to chose not only surgery but which type of surgery for my dog. It happened to be the same one that my vet recommended. Dr. Hines site helped me to feel comfortable with this decision regardless of outcome (since there are never any guarantees with surgery). I feel that because of Dr. Hines site I was able to enter this decision “with my eyes open”.  The dog did well and still is doing well. Without the information on Dr. Hines' site I would have blamed myself if the dog hadn’t such a good outcome.

Dr. M.

Orange County , NY

 

09/03/2014

Dear Dr. M,

Thank you for your support.
I hope you dog is doing well. I am guessing that your veterinarians opted for some sort of lateral collateral ligament and capsular imbrication or reinforcement like TightRope rather than TPLO.
Best wishes,
R. Hines

 

09/03/2014

Thank you for your correspondence.

I have confidence in my vet but was looking for more information and found your site helpful. I went with my vet’s recommendation which sounds like what you describe.

Because of the dogs size my vet referred me to another surgeon with more experience for the actual surgery. The dog did well and after his initial recovery period you couldn’t tell which leg it was. After a year even the vet had to check the records to be sure. Chips (the dog) is  (still) very active but older dog now but if he didn’t have a grey muzzle and eyebrows you would never know. We still go hiking on weekends and he takes the hills better than I.

Dr. M.