A Cruciate Conversation

Diagnosing, treating, and recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament can be an extremely difficult process for pets and their parents.  Since 2002 Dr. John Calhoun has performed over 250 cruciate repairs at our Dunlap, Peoria, and Chillicothe locations.  We decided to sit down and talk to Dr. John about the procedure itself as well as one of his more recent cruciate repairs on a 4 year old golden retreiver named Ize.  We also asked Ize’s owner several questions to help describe the process from a pet parent’s standpoint. Here is what they had to say (with awesome pictures of Ize sprinkled in for some added cuteness):[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

(To Ize’s Mom) Describe Ize with a couple of words: “Super energetic, and extremely affectionate”

Dr. Calhoun’s Response: Agreed!! She is one of the friendliest, liveliest, and most rambunctious patients we have.  Getting her through the downtimes of recovery would be challenging.

(To Ize’s Mom *paraphrasing) What has your experience been like throughout this process: “It was tough on multiple levels.  Getting the cruciate tear diagnosed proved to be slightly difficult.  Even after sedation Dr. John did not feel a drawer consistent with a complete rupture and did not want to just go into surgery as this was the most involved of our options.  We tried the less involved options prior to eventually ensuring it was a ruptured cruciate worthy of surgery.  I appreciate that he was an advocate for Ize AND us.  The fact that he wanted to be sure it was the cruciate ligament causing the problems before undergoing the surgical procedure shows that he was putting himself in our shoes.  The post procedure has been tough also, Ize has never been one to be on a leash and for recovery purposes we must walk her outside to potty every time.  We also have frequent visits to either the Dunlap, Peoria, or Chillicothe location for laser therapy and rechecks from Dr. Calhoun.

Dr. Calhoun’s response: Ize is a lively pet that epitomizes the struggles of getting through the long, hopefully calm, recovery period associated with a ruptured cruciate ligament.  A partial tear can often scar over and heal with time and inactivity which is a challenging scenario given the energy locked up in Ize.  However, a complete tear requires just as much, if not more, rest.  No matter what we decided, we had our hands full.  We opted for the least invasive route initially, hoping that we could get this resolved with as little added trauma as possible.

(To Ize’s Mom) How do you feel about our new loyalty program?:  “The surgery Ize had to undergo is not inexpensive so we wound up with a $225 credit that we didn’t plan on having.  You see programs like fuel saver rewards, or pharmacy rewards, which are okay, but with this program you see a tangible and substantial return.  For us it was a nice added bonus.”

Dr. Calhoun’s Response: Ize represents exactly what we were hoping to accomplish when we first set up the loyalty program.  Our combined efforts to get her through this have undoubtably made us all understand each other a bit more and the Loyalty Program makes these big ticket necessities much easier to recommend, pursue, understand, and agree to.  It allows us all to work towards making the pets happier and healthier.

(To Ize’s Mom) What is one piece of advice you could give to pet owners facing a similar situation as yourself?: “Be mindful of your pet’s health and follow the instructions from Dr.”

Dr. Calhoun’s Response: A ruptured cruciate ligament repair requires a team effort for full recovery.  Our job at the clinic is only part of what’s needed.  Home care and lots of TLC are also important factors associated with getting this healed in a successful way.

(To Ize’s Mom) If Ize could say one thing to Dr. John, what would it be?: *laughing* “Thanks for fixing me!!!”

Dr. Calhoun’s Response: Like I said, this was a team effort and I can’t wait to see you again!!!