Lucy is a 6-year-old Lab/hound mix who recently had a complete tear in her left hind knee and a partial in the right. Her first surgery is scheduled in 3 days. I have had both back and neck surgeries and helping her walk has been dehabiliting for me. I have no one to help. My vet says braces don’t work and doesn’t give me much of any rehab options. My questions are:
1. How bad will her right knee get injured, after having surgery to her left, when she can barely walk now?
2. She is 70 lbs (overweight) after being on a diet for two months! But it doesn’t seem to help. Are there any dietary supplements that can help her lose the weight she needs?
3. Is it normal that there are no bandages to help support her injury after her surgery?
4. How do you know if you are helping or hurting the injured knee when you attempt to do these circular motions to keep her joints mobile? Do supplements of Glucosamine really help and which is best?
I am dreading the next few months only to have to do it all over with the other knee, while the cost is killing me.