I have been reading posts on this site for a while but never got around to joining (usual stuff... too busy).
But my pride and joy Brock has done himself an injury - Torn Crucial Ligaments in his left hind leg - I feel so bad for the little fella. (yes I am kicking my self now for not getting that insurance cover!)
I thought it would be good to share the experience and get any tips or advice from anyone who has already gone through this
Brock is a 15 month English Staffy.
I took him to our vet, who we have visited half a dozen times since we got Brock as a puppy at a breeders, unfortunately I found them to be heartless and not very open or ready to explain things as much as I needed to know. They basically said - surgery $1500 or whatevs.
So off we went for a second opinion.
I got recommended to another local vet by a work mate (not sure if I can say which vet) but they have been GREAT, really taking the time to explain things and also spell out each of the options clearly.
At first we thought it might be a dodgy/dislocated knee cap (patella - cant remember many of the technical terms - sorry). After Xrays we confirmed it was Torn Crucial ligament and Brock also has very loose, sort of floating knee caps which dont help the issue.
So after having a few options given to us we have gone with the TTA - where they insert a titanium plate and cuts bone and re- align everything. The Vet will also do a little extra to try and secure the knee cap and stop it from floating around so much.
He is all booked in for Thursday next week (he will stay overnight at the Vet) - in the meantime he is a sooky lil fella but when he feels like it he still tries to chase the ducks in the front yard!
I know the hardest thing is going to be the recovery and trying to keep him Inactive and Calm! I really have no idea how to achieve this!
This is part of the reason we took the TTA option - it has the quickest recovery time for load bearing on the leg. The TTA procedure doesn't affect the load bearing part of the bone and from what I understand if he does put weight on it earlier than he should there is less chance of bad stuff.
Well I think that's enough for now, I just got to concentrate on keeping him calm in the mean time and prepare myself for the first week after we pick him up, prepare a room for him to be 'caged in'.