I left around 6:15am yesterday to get Hera to my vet in Calgary to be examined. The plan was to put her under sedation and do an x-ray to see what damage had been done to her rear-right knee. We had some slight delays in getting to Calgary so we were a few minutes later than I wanted to be.
I had a long talk with the specialist about our options. He showed me how Hera’s knee joint was moving side to side where the left knee was not. For Hera’s size, there was really only one surgical option. If Hera was an older dog, 11 or 12 years old, we likely would have kept her on pain meds, but seeing as she is only 6.5 years old, she hopefully has another 7 years of life left, so surgery was the best option for her.
I was given information on possible complications, although they are rare, they did not sound like fun, at all. Luckily, there were no complications, the only thing that was found was some arthritis in the knee joint. The surgery went well.
I picked her up just before 6pm, she had a bunch of meds to take for a few weeks, of course they all have to be taken with food and Hera doesn’t want to eat today, so the meds have to wait for a bit… She got some rest overnight, she was wearing her cone so she’d leave her leg alone. I got some rest as well, but woke up several times in the night. I have temporarily moved my mattress into the living room so I can be close to Hera.
The next 10-14 days will be the hardest on both Hera and myself. She’s a good dog though and one of the smartest dogs I have ever met, I think she knows not to bother her leg, she’s been good this morning without the cone on. She’s getting around on 3 legs pretty well.
Thanks for the well-wishes on Facebook for a quick recovery. It’s greatly appreciated.