Our 3 1/2 year old yellow lab has had hind lameness after exercise for several months now. We tried rest and anti inflammatory meds for 3 weeks with no results, so finally had her examined and x-rayed.
She was diagnosed with a torn CCL, with some arthritis in her affected knee. It was a very difficult decision to make whether to operate or do conservative management. I spent nights crying about the consequences of both, and finally decided on the TPLO.
She was operated on 2 days ago and we brought her home yesterday. I was amazed that she was doing so well with some slight weight bearing on the affected leg, but was shocked at the swelling and bruising that resulted after the TPLO surgery. She is eating, drinking, peeing and pooping, and we hope that she remains infection free on her road to recovery. I am still on the fence with regards to my choice, but we shall soon see. Lots of friends have had success with TPLO surgeries on their dogs so I hope to have the same results.
Our dog was also part of a clinical trial involving CCL injury and TPLO surgery. She will be followed closely post op with regards to her gait, weight and hydro therapy.