8 year old yellow lab (named Betty) that was possessed with the “I love life way too much” syndrome. We did daily walks of three miles and were joined by another lab lover twice a week for five mile adventures. One day I noticed Betty really holding back, not interested in her walk and struggling to keep up. I assumed she was starting with the hip issues that we Lab lovers are all to familiar with but a visit to her vet revealed otherwise.
X rays revealed knee issues…… I never processed that dogs have knees. Anyways, a veterinarian orthopedic specialist was recommended. We met with the doc and were given a first class education on what was going on with our friend. One hour he spent with us answering every question, regardless how inane, and most importantly spoke to us in terms we could understand. Oh, and he drew lots of pictures to illustrate his points, very helpful.
We elected to have the tplo surgery performed having been well informed as to it’s recovery time and demands. We were also informed that the chances of her having to eventually need surgery on her other knee was way greater than 50%. Well we are in month five post op and her surgical knee is amazing but sadly the other knee is done. She had her first surgery in March and it is now August, we are trying to hold off as long as possible on surgery on the other knee because we want to give her repaired knee plenty of time to rebuild and strengthen. We are shooting for October for tplo surgery on knee number two. I expect surgery number two will be as successful as number one.
Advice to all, get a great orthopedic vet and do the surgery. My best friend, even though wounded on knee number two, is like a puppy again. They’re worth every penny.