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    Sorry to read that bernie ... wishing you and your gorgeous dog all the best and the strength to make the right call, whatever that is.

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    Devastated for you and Pohm... Hoping you can find a fix
    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
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    So sorry to hear this Bernie. You must be devastated. We are here for you.

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    Bernie that is awful news! Can only imagine how you must feel, Pohm sounds like such a sweet brave girl.

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    Oh Bernie it is sad to read of Pohm's diagnosis.

    I hope you are able to get another vet/s or orthopaedic specialist to look at her and information about surgery... will think my most positive thoughts for you...

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    bernie, this is a bit of a brain fart as I have absolutely no medical background, but if you're not willing to go down the surgery route(which I would be hesitant to depending on cost), can you splint her legs such that the pressure is taken off the affected joints? If we think back a few decades, knee reconstructions and stuff in humans were unheard of, the body naturally healed itself. I have no doubt that keeping Pohm quiet and looking after her legs will be a difficult task, but I honestly wonder whether nature might just do it's wonders .. Pohm may never recover to her full mobility but it's quite possible in my absolutely uneducated opinion that there's a chance ... anyway, like i said, just a brain fart to maybe think about

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    I had a 2nd opinion from the vet practice, by a 2nd employed there vet. So that doesnt count in my head. so a true 2nd opinion is on Saturday. We are going to a nearby vet, who does my friends horses (but dogs also) for skeletal injuries. I also need to find a vet that is using the new patented titanium replacements, as nylon is a no go for rotties, as it snaps fast. and voila, $3k out of pocket and a repeat op required due to snapping. The guy that owns the patent, is a friend of mine. Knowledge is power, as you say.

    he has offered me a cost price replacement part, if i can get a vet to put it in. His vet put his rotties new bit in 6yrs ago, and he went on to continued as working dog after surgery, that's who i have 2nd opnion with. The new part was designed by my mate, as a engineer, who breeds/trains rotties. He has mentioned that that bordeaux is heavier set than the rottie, and unsure if it would be suffice for the larger weight issue, but talk to vet as the nylon part is a waste of money. He has done 3 surgeries in dogs with nylon part, all broke and required repeat ops. He also mentioned, the 2nd CL is a huge variable in recovery, and he doesnt personally think it is wise. Said to come see him in August, and he'll replace the whole dog for me, as new litter is due.

    why do folks, (my husband mentioned this too last night), think a new pup is the answer, makes me angry. It is really sucking annoying. Like a new strange dog, replaces one you have years of life history shared with? WTF?

    the injury we think was a accumulative injury(s) small and minor tear, roughly a month ago. she limped on/off. Then last week, we were out, and she did a about turn really fast and yelped. Was limping badly from then on in.

    she is more at ease on the painkillers. no longer whimpering to say hi, but getting up. < great example of why painkillers can be a bad idea, for any animals recovery. She had a double dose, and was back to normal, followed by single doses, that 'ease' things, but clearly lots of break through pain.

    Tomorrow, fingers crossed.

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    Surgery costing from first vet = $3,700. this does not include after care.

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    I wouldn't bother with any normal vet, go to a specialist in orthapedics

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    Yes indeed. There are some very good ones in Melbourne aren't there?

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