Scout’s ACL Surgery

May 14, 2008

My Rottie, Scout, had ACL surgery last week at Gulf Coast Verterinary Specialists. Dr. Whitney performed the surgery. Scout had a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) on her knee and had both elbows scoped. Ouch.

It was pretty rough the first couple of days. She doesn’t like to walk on a leash yet all of her activity has to be on leash for the next eight weeks. And there are meds–lots of meds. I usually wrap pills in cheese slices and she swallows it whole. Suddenly, she’s decided to chew everything. I tried a double cheese wrap. Still no luck. I now hide pills in meatballs made of canned dog food. So far, that’s working.

She’s really quite perky today. That’ll all change when I have to remove that sticky ole pain patch tonight.

People ask me how much I’ve spent on Scout’s surgery. I’ve learned that it’s best not to tell. I learned this after my Bailey had hip replacement surgery. People asked, I told, they lectured. I’m not ashamed, but I also don’t need to justify the money I spend on anything to anyone.

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