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Here is a photo of
the Clinic staff.
Our angel Meghan in 2nd row, left (long dark hair, pink
Dr. Carroll is top row middle (light blue striped shirt).
Here's Cooper as she
left the vet clinic to stay with Shelley & Malcolm, her
pre-op and probably post-op foster home.,
Update December 14th
I got to 'meet' Cooper yesterday. What a sweetheart!! She's
'Landed in Butter' as Jill would say, being at Shelley &
Shelley virtually stayed up all night the first night
making sure Cooper was OK Cooper is so gentle & friendly,
and was wagging her tail fiercely even before I was able to get
out of the car.
She's not fond of the camera, but she gives the best Berner
Cooper and Shelley
Cooper and Adrienne
Cooper and Shelley
Update January 6th 2012 - New
Pics of Cooper
Cooper and Fred!
big Hello to all of Coopers Special Friends,
Yesterday, Jan 18, we
took Cooper up to Sechelt for her Pre-op consultation with Dr.
Lorne Carroll The Sechelt Animal Hospital has an incredibly warm
and welcoming atmosphere, and Cooper had tail wags and kisses
for his Special Angel Corri.
Dr. Lorne Carroll is
fabulous. I would never hesitate to trust him with any of our
precious Berners. He gave us well over an hour, and answered
every query possible. Dr. Carroll is very experienced in the TTA
(Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) procedure, and has also taught
the TTA procedure to other veterinary surgeons.
It was Dr. Carrolls
opinion that it would be in Coopers best interest to
operate on one leg at a time, and separate the surgeries by
about 6 weeks. Whatever is in Coopers best interest is
fine with all of us! Cooper had her first surgery today.
I have just had a
Post-op chat with Dr. Carroll, and Cooper has done very well
indeed. She was given an epidural which she tolerated
Dr. Carroll firstly
did an arthroscopy on Coopers meniscus. The bad news is
that her meniscus was very badly damaged, folded, crushed, and
about 50% had to be removed. This much damage may have been due
to the prolonged time Cooper had to suffer with her torn ACL,
and may appear again in her other knee.
The good news is that
Coopers TTA surgery was virtually textbook and
Cooper is being cuddled by her Corri as I write this. She will
probably even be able to go back to Shelley and Malcolms
within 2-3 days! Dr. Carroll also removed the floppy large
dew-claw from that leg, and will do the same on her other one
during her second surgery.
We will keep everyone
up to date on Coopers progress. She will need a great deal
of Post-op care from Shelley & Malcolm, meanwhile here is a
picture of her with her Corri, and also one of Dr. Lorne
Thank you one and
Without you Cooper
would not have been given this second chance for a wonderful
Corrie and Cooper
Dr Lorne Carroll
Resting post op
cuddled up to her favourite toy.
January 20th '12 -
Morning all! A lovely note from Corrie this morning. It's her
day off, but she went to spend time cuddling Cooper anyway. How
wonderful, and so reassuring! Such a look from Cooper! Huge
thanks to Corrie and Cooper's Team, Adrienne
Hi Adrienne, I went
to my work this morning to cuddle with Cooper for awhile. She is
doing great!! Resting in her kennel and ate well this morning
(which is always a good sign!!!). Talk to you soon. Take care.
Day 2 Cooper Post Op
27th '12 - Hello again Cooper friends, Today is one week
since Coopers first surgery, and she is doing so well!
Cooper actually was able to leave the clinic without limping on
the 'new' knee, and her biggest problem now is just that she's
raring to go, so she's a little bored with being kept calm.
Dr. Carroll and his
wonderful staff are in regular contact; and Cooper had a post-op
visit today, her cartrophen injection, and lessons on
physiotherapy. Shes not too thrilled with the physio, but
shes a stoic girl, and surrounded by love. She absolutely
never complains. Such a classy little lady!
Dr. Carrol will see
Cooper again next week when Shelley & Malcolm take her back
to visit her special team in Sechelt; meanwhile she is the
centre of attention; eating & sleeping well, and all bodily
functions 100%. Yes!!
Here's a sweet photo
of Malcolm Fletcher cuddling Cooper inside her temporary X-pen.
Also a pair taken during her scope for those interested.
February 1st 2012 -
Last night was Cooper's final Post-op spent in her X-pen
overnight..now, other than stairs, she has freedom to move
around her home-at-last as she pleases.
9th 2012 - Cooper's 2nd Surgery
Cooper had her
2nd TTA surgery on Tuesday this week, surrounded by her special
friends at the Sechelt Animal hospital, Corrie, Dr. Lorne
Carroll, Meghan and all. She was even able to come home on
exceptionally well in this surgery despite the fact that there
was more damage to the meniscus than expected, so that part of
her procedure couldn't be handled arthroscopically, and so her
incision is larger. She is now microchipped, and has had both
wobbly dew claws removed (one during each surgery). Cooper was
already putting all her weight on her other repaired leg, so now
she has that strong one to lean on for her recovery period.
She's the new Bionic Berner!
Cooper was so happy
to see us, especially her new 'Forever Mom' Shelley, and slept
on the ferry and for most of the drive home. Shelley reported:
Cooper is such a good girl. She settled in well last night. She
was still a bit swollen when we got home but a cold pack seems
to have lessened the swelling. She slept really well without
wanting to bother with her leg at all - she needed covering with
the cool night so was nicely snuggled. She's bright this
morning, had her breakfast and meds and is snuggled down for a
mid-morning nap. Now that's a wonderful life!
life!" is a reference to some laughs we had over my iPhone
ring tone, but how appropriate, as Cooper is truly on to a
happy, healthy 'Wonderful new life!' It is all thanks to her
caring and generous friends who came to her rescue. You!
Gentle kisses and
happy tailwags from Cooper,
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