I am writing to share Maggie’s story because when I found out about her injury I scoured the internet for stories relating to cruciate injuries and this website was my saving grace! We adopted Maggie at 8 weeks old as a rescue pup from New Mexico. We are avid hikers so Maggie was always hiking with us. At about 4 years old after a hike up a local mountain, Maggie would not get up from her doggie bed. I picked her up and instead of putting weight on her back legs they kind of slid out from under her. The next day she was completely normal and so I just figured she was tired. This was the most frustrating part of this ordeal for us. Because Maggie would be slow to get up after a longer than normal walk, but be completely fine the next day, it was hard to believe the vet when he said she would need a $3,500 TPLO surgery.
Once we realized that Maggie did indeed have a torn CCL (after more than 4 vet visits with just as many diagnoses) I researched and researched alternatives to TPLO surgeries. I just couldn’t see spending our life savings on two surgeries (both of Maggie’s knees needed to be repaired). I eventually came across Buck’s story on this website. As we are from Fort Collins I made an appointment with the vet from this article and I am so thankful that I did! Maggie had the traditional repair on both knees by Dr. Mike at the Pet Wellness Clinic. So far to date I can report that Maggie has exceeded my expectations from the surgery. We are about 1.5 years away from her last knee surgery. We don’t take her on long hikes up mountains anymore, mostly because we have a growing family and we don’t go on big backpacking trips like we used to. But we do take her on shorter hikes and she handles them very well. Maggie has had other issues, including a rare disease called Myasthenia Gravis and Megaesophagus, and the staff at PWC has gone above and beyond to help Maggie through her various illnesses.
I wanted to share Maggie’s story because I think it’s crazy to ask pet owners to spend so much on TPLO surgeries when the traditional repair can be effective in larger breed dogs and also less invasive to your pup! My advice would be to try to find a vet who still performs the traditional surgery in your area!