Dear Dr. J,
I just wanted to say that you are so admired for your dedication and caring. Your informative messages are always appreciated and they are a great learning experience, especially in your presentation.
I am so glad that I found your site over a year ago while gathering insight on the different surgical procedures for a cruciate ligament tear and after reading your informative explanation of the differences in the procedures was greatly relieved by the choice made to have TTA done. The best part was your detailed day to day recovery instructions, which I was truly so gratified to have, in the recovery of my Standard Poodle…Deedee, who was only 1 1/2 at the time. And I referred my vet to your site as well as showing him your recovery instructions….he in turn has referred several of his patients…I also gave a copy to the surgeon!
Unfortunately after the first month she somehow threw one of the screws out and cracked a bone, which put us back a little, but the surgeon felt that since the cage was still in place her bone would hopefully heal around it and we would not need further surgery. She did heal …no further surgery but she does have a “funny” gate…she throws that “knee” out while walking, but we have built that muscle up. We go for good walks, but I have hesitated to let her run loose in the park and I’m sure that as she ages will see the effects of arthritis.
Which brings me to another wonderful compliment to you….the GlycanAid is a terrific supplement. Our other girl…Willa who will be 5 in October is our rescued girl and she has bad hips. Both of our girls are on the GlycanAid. One quick question if you are able to respond, the girls are suffering from allergies and are very itchy, as we are trying to eliminate all kinds of possibilities, you haven’t had anyone that’s had an allergic reaction have you?
I could go on but I’m sure you get so many wonderful testimonials from everyone who discovers you, that you don’t possibly have time to read all of them. Just also wanted to thank you so much for your personal note.
I found this printed material to be EXTREMELY helpful and was so grateful to have them as a resource. My dog had TTA surgery in January and I followed the rehab plan as close to it as I could and I am happy to report that (after what seemed like a very long, trying process) Cody is 100% – happy, running and playing. Having the step-by-step guide as so helpful :)
Thank you for publishing this and making it available to us all who have to go through the surgery with our pets!!
I also bought the joint supplements and intend on keeping him on those.
Thanks again! I will recommend Top Dog to everyone I know.
Thanks – your information has been very helpful and at end of week 1 we are doing very well — too well and that’s the problem — very active dog not used to being calm and quiet — but doing his best. your articles and information are very helpful. Surgery was today – he had a TTA and comes home tomorrow. They say he did well and had 25% tear in the ligament, slight arthritis and did a meniscus release… thanks for the tips – this is a very big learning process – first time.
Our GS had TTA on his stifle on the winter solstice. He is almost a month out. He was a rescue from a kill shelter and even though looks to be pure bred he is genetically messed up. Will turn 4 in Feburary and from 9 months on has been in therapy. Had prolo therapy on one hip. Both knees need surgery so that’s why we elected to try the first one.
We will see how he does during the next 2 critical months.
I received more help from your site than I did from the surgeon and his associates.
Keep up your good work.
I want you to know how much I appreciate your articles and especially the rehab guides on your website. One of my dogs, Ethel, had the TTA surgery 5 weeks ago. She is doing physical therapy 2 times a week along with laser therapy and walking a water treadmill. My Vet gives us PT to follow at home and I also incorporate your weekly rehab tips and instructions with my Vets blessing. And I can not recommend enough nor do I know what I would have done without your Support RX Body Harness! She’s a big girl to lift in a car! The Doctor and Physical Therapist told me that Ethel is doing better than any other dog they have ever had of her caliber (I guess she means age, size and maybe breed??) that had the TTA and gone through their therapy. I’m one proud animal Mom! But so much credit goes to you for your rehab guide, video’s and the support harness.
It is so obvious that you love animals and being a Veterinarian is more than a career. You genuinely care about these animals’ health and want to educate us simple animal lovers. I can’t thank you enough! I wish you had a practice here in the Chicagoland area.