I have just found out my dog needs surgery, and I am so bummed. There is a post about knee surgery over in Med Q's about it, if anyone cares to read it.
Main thing though, I am so seriously depressed that my poor dog needs surgery, he's only a year and a half old! I'm also second guessing myself. The breeder has been great, she is paying for the operation, not a second's hesitation from her. So I count my lucky stars over that.
He was supposed to be my little show boy. He's a finished Ch., and I was going to special him- he is a showman and loves it and was so fun to show but I only got to show him one weekend. Now he is going to have both knees cut open and his nuts cut off! Boo-hoo!!! All that means he will never be shown again!
To make matters worse I just lovelovelove the dog and am horrified he will die on the table.
I am just a wreck, sorry. None of my friends are home and hubby is gone all day at work and then evening classes until late tonight. Tomorrow is going to be really hard knowing my baby is being surgeried.
Thanks for letting me vent some of this off. Does this dog have me wrapped around his little pawpad or what?
I am not sure what kind of surgery your dog is having, but I have a couple of friends whose dogs have undergone the doggy ACL operation. They turned out fine and went back to lead productive lives. The surgeries were required because of injury rather than a congenital defect.
As far as the show world goes, get involved in something else, obedience, agility, therapy. Not showing your dog isn't the end of the world. I'm so frickin happy that Charlie is finished. I could care less if I show him in specials, etc.
As far as the table goes, it's ok to be concerned. Surgery is never 100% safe, but today's vet science is pretty well advanced.
Good luck to you and your pooch.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
I'm sorry you are going through that. I did have a bitch that had full TPLO surgery last year. She recovered beautifully and is fine today. As Irish said, surgery is always a risk for animals and for us, but veterinary medicine has become so advanced and with a good surgeon you should have no problem. Best of luck.
Everything will be fine, veterinary medicine these days is so advanced that they will be able to do it correctly and you can have a wonderful dog afterwards.
I am assuming this is a sheltie? get involved in some type of agility or other training with him. he is going to need something to occupy him if he is used to all the commotion and enjoyment of being shown. good luck and keep us updated.
Irish, you are so right about getting into other venues. It is hard when you get too narrowly focused in on things sometimes. That is why I posted here- it helps to have opinions from outside my own little bubble, to remind me that there are other options. I just have to amend those daydreams a bit.
The surgery he is having is, on both legs, to stabilize his patellas, which luxate medially with great ease, and also on one leg a looped stitch goes in to stabilize his partially ruptured ACL. The loose kneecap left his knee unstable so that the ACL was under too much pressure.
I am at least not second guessing myself so much on surgery now; I put my fingers on his knee and felt the patella flop inward- it was amazing, I hadn't even tried to do it. He gave me a dirty look. If it flops aroudn that much he needs this done before he gets too much damage, like completely rupturing his ACL on the either side - or both, or layers of scar tissue which would render the knee un-surgery-able.
Thanks for the reassurances that there are other dogs that have had this that now feel fine. That is the thing I want most.
oh- Added - this dog is actually a Japanese Chin, sorry- didn't specify. My three Shelties are much more sturdy, so this is all the more shocking. They also all eat poop, and I wanted a little portable, non-poopeating dog to kiss on!