My 4 y/o Pom Foxxy has a grade 4 on her right leg. She normally has a little limp when she walks and once in a while (sometimes more often then others) she has to hold the leg up and can't use it. I have had several opinions from different doctors all suggesting surgery and am finally about to take the plunge. My concern is that I want to make sure that surgery will definitely help the issue. I need to know that after a full recovery she is likely to have full use of the leg. No more limping. No more stumbling when she tries to do her favorite trick, the infamous Pomeranian "wave". Because it really breaks my heart to see and I don't want to put her through a surgery that may fix the knee but will still leave her in pain even after being fully healed up. Then again, ANY imporvement would be wonderful. I really just want her to be as happy as possible. What has your experience been like with you dog (mostly the ones with grade 4 like mine). Has surgery made a difference? Good or bad? I know all experiences may be different but I just want the opinion and experiences of someone who has gone through it. Side note : Foxxy isn't extremely active. She does like to strut around the house with her favorite toys doesn't do much running tho unless really excited. I don't let her jump off of anything like the bed or couch and I always carry her when it comes to stairs unless it's just a few steps. Like I said before she does love waving, which I think is the most strain that really gets put on her leg and I can easily keep her from doing that if necessary. (she listens very well and very well behaved). Walks are always short as she is always straight to "business" and long walks are rare because I see that her leg is a bit sore afterwards so I just don't do them. I LOVE MY LITTLE "BOO BEAR" AND JUST WANT WHAT'S BEST FOR HER. Thank you for helping. :)
My pup just turned one in December and actually had both knees done! Both incidents were trauma related...lucky us!
The first surgery went really well. The left leg she would still use but every now and then she would limp on it.
WE were 7 weeks post op and she slipped and hurt the right knee. This time she would not place any weight on that leg at all. When we brought her home this time, she was walking perfectly fine. We are two weeks post op today and still, she is walking perfectly fine. The vet said that the surgery, assuming she heals correctly and doesn't get too active during recovery, should fix the luxating patella issue for life.
If you've had the surgery done on your pup, I hope it went well. If not, I hope this helps you some. I was really scared about the recovery but the 8 weeks goes by fast and for the most part, they will want to lay around. I had to get some sedatives this time around because she seems like she wants to play more.