I am very concerned after our visit to the Vet last night. Kona our 72 lb. Lab is needing surgery on BOTH back legs! She was running around a few days ago with the neighbor kids and came back in limping. One knee is completely ruptured and the other torn. Our Vet warned us that if we only did 1 leg the other would most likely rupture within 10 days after surgery due to the added weight she would put on it. We are going to try a combination of Extracapular Repair and the Conservative Management supplements after the surgery to help stabilize her back legs. The Extracapular Repair helps to stabilize the joint while the tissue can reform to support the leg.
We probably would have tried Conservative Management only if it was 1 leg or if the right leg was not completely ruptured.
(I wanted to know for sure so we took her in for XRays last night)
Small NOTE: if your dog gets sedated, take piddle pads in the car.
I am most concerned about getting her out to the yard in the first 2 weeks after surgery. I was thinking I could manage if it was just 1 leg. We will re-arrange our house to set up a recovery area in our main floor bathroom and I will move my office down to the kitchen (we have a 2 story home and I work from a 2nd floor office). I have no idea how I am going to get her outside by myself. Even with a sling and a leash, she is very strong and has a very high pain tolerance.
Hope all goes well…