Posted by Colleen Wiest on 9/27/2019 to News
It was a day just like any other my husband and I were playing with our dog Shelby , a 1 year old american pitbull terrier mix. Shelby turned and boom she went down, at this specific moment we didn't realize what had happened. It would become apparent in weeks to come. She laid there on the floor no wimper no whine just laid still. We thought she just slipped on the tile floor and she more or less was just "scared/startled" well, after about 5-10 minutes she got up with our help of course and limped to her bed. We rubbed her leg thinking she had bruised it when she fell, little did we know in the weeks to come from time to time she would just start limping and at times she would hold her leg up as though she was in some pretty bad pain. We took her to the vet where we were told she had possibly torn her ACL but, they would have to sedate her to take x-rays to be sure. Of course being the good dog parents we are we scheduled an appointment for the procedure. First thing in the morning of the scheduled day we dropped her off, which by now she was spending more time holding her leg up as opposed to using it to walk on. We went to work as usual and picked her up from the vet after work. Upon our meeting with the vet when we got her, he told us what was wrong with our fur baby. She had a luxated patella, of course our mouths dropped and immediately asked "what's that"? He then replied "her knee cap is dislocated, and from time to time it will slip back into place that's why she will walk normal from time to time and others when she is hopping on 3 legs that is when it is out of place". Immediately after being told of her ailment we asked "what can be done to help her"? Surgery was the solution, a pretty invasive surgery. He would need to cut her leg open,remove the knee cap, cut a deeper groove in the bones at the knee joint, move and re-attach ligaments, cut and repair damaged muscle, and replace the knee cap. I don't know about you but, to us that sounded pretty painful. My husband and I were worrying about the prognosis.......... would this happen again after surgery? would she be able to walk? will she have problems later in life? how much was it going to cost? Now remember she is only about a year and a half old so she still has her whole life ahead of her. He assured us she would have a wonderful result after the surgery. He prescribed us an anti-inflammatory and a pain killer, an opioid pain killer!!! not a great idea to give anyone but, at the time we knew she was in pain so we went along with it and scheduled the surgery. About a week later surgery morning came and we took her in and dropped her off she would have to stay over night. We really missed her but, the vet did call to let us know the surgery was a success and she was resting comfortably. FINALLY the next day came and we had taken the day off from work to pick her up from the vet and to bring her home. The medication the vet suggested for pain was CBD oil. WHAT??? we said " is it legal"? "will she be stoned"? "will she have the munchies"? "what about the opioid pain pills"? He assured us that the CBD oil he suggested was 100% legal and was not a "drug" as we thought it was . The CBD oil is actually an anti-inflammatory,it will help with her joints,it actually is a pain reliever . We were reluctant but, thought what do we have to loose ? so Shelby may eat a little more than usual. If it works its worth it for our dog to not have to suffer with out using a major pain pill. We took her home and started the suggested dosage given by our vet.
Day 1 at home she was a little uncomfortable and some pretty decent swelling but, no major noticeable pain, and hopping on 3 legs. Considering what she had been through we thought that was pretty good.
Day 2 less noticeable pain occasionally she would put down the leg she had surgery on for balance not walking on it yet, swelling is reducing. Surprising us in her recovery.
Day 3 not seeming to really be in much pain at all, she is walking on her leg. WHAT??? she is walking on it already?? Yes!! never did we think she would be using her leg already she had an 8" incision down the front of her leg. The swelling still is getting less and less.
Days 4-5 she is feeling better and better. Wanting to go outside and play, well she is restricted to a leash at all times when she is outside and is limited to 5 minute walks upgrading to 10-15-20 minute walks as the days go by.
Day 10 stitches get to come out and our vet asks us how she has been doing with her recovery. At this time we tell him she was walking on her leg by day 3 . "DAY 3"!!? he is astonished. Telling us he does this surgery probably once a week and typically the patients aren't walking on their leg until 5-10 days after surgery. Was Shelby a super dog?? Well of course we would love to think this but, in all reality we totally believe CBD oil was the "special agent" in her recovery in addition to us following the restrictions of our vets instructions.
It was after this surgery we began our journey of spreading the word of the power of CBD oil. We have been using CBD Oil as a daily regimen for Shelby for her joints as the vet told us she would develop arthritis in her knee however, CBD oil helps to reduce the arthritis from forming.