My little dog, a 7 lb Japanese Chin, was chasing a toy I threw for him, when suddenly he started screaming and hopping on only one rear leg. I called his breeder and we immediately took him to her trusted vet. The vet found that he has luxating patellas, and on the owie side had also partially torn his ACL. The vet gave us a choice of medication or surgery, I said surgery because everything I had ever read says the kneecap popping in and out will result in the knee getting worse and worse until you can't even repair the knee with surgery. We are scheduled for surgery tomorrow.
I am so absolutely devastated. This dog means so much to me! I am so worried I am making the wrong choice for him but worry that the medicine (for pain and inflamation only) would only make him falsely feel better so that he might injure himself (like completely blow the knee out in some horrible, unfixable way) because he didn't have any inclination that he wasn't bulletproof. I am also terrified that something might happen to him in surgery.
I just want my happy little dog that can fetch a toy without pain.
Has anyone here had a dog that had this surgery, or known anyone that has?
I posted on your other thread, sorry your doggie got injured. I had a bitch last year have full TPLO surgery and it was the best thing for her though of course we wish she didnt injur herself. She's made a full recovery and you would really never know. Great surgeons do wonderful things for our dogs, just like with us. Good luck to you
My son just had this done on his pit mix rescue at the tune of $1800. Sorry to be the bear of bad news, but usually the other one goes as well. I hope the breeder is being helpful. Have either one of this dogs parents had there Patella's OFA certified? This is something the breeder is going to want to do, to try to prevent any future problems for future pupppies. Sorry you are having to go throught this. It is so hard when our furkids are hurt or sick. Good luck for a speedy and full recovery.
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My Maltese Poodle mix had this done 2 years ago on one of her legs. She actually had lux. pat. on both back legs but as only one gave her any trouble the vet and I decided not to do both legs. As soon as she awoke from the surgery, she was up and trying to walk on her cast (which looked so huge on her!). I hated taking her out to go potty because I just knew it had to hurt her I was a mess, feeling guilty about causing her pain and she not understanding it was for her own good. But the vet said she went through it better than any dog she had seen. She never yelped, or whined, nothing.
Now she is doing fine. She loves to go for long walks and LOVES to climb and jump. I keep telling her to be careful, but it definitely worries me more than her. I'm definitely glad I did it, even though I felt horrible about it when I did.