|Casper after first knee operation 16th June 2011|
I am now back at home and doing well after the surgery on my left knee. I had a groove cut into the bone for my kneecap to sit properly and I had to have it pinned also. I am just able to walk about for toileting and eating but mostly I am resting on my mattress or in my crate. I cannot go for a walk for 4 weeks and then only short walks up to 6 weeks. I then have to go back to Bristol for more x-rays and assessment. My own vet thinks that the orthopaedic surgeon will want to then operate on my right knee to avoid it causing any problems with my corrected knee. After about 3 months the plan is then to do my hip replacements, one at a time.
I am doing ok now but the procedure was very painful after I had woken up. I had strong painkillers (last dose last night) and am still on antibiotics and Metacam. I have about 20 staples in my knee and Mum says I cried and whined a lot the first few days but I am much better now, no crying or whining.
Altogether my treatment is costing in total around £12,000 by the time it is all finished. As my problem is genetical, Mum and Dad have been in touch with the breeder where I was born to see if they are willing to help with the cost as you don't expect to adopt a dog (as Mum says) for £600 and then have to spend £12,000 for him to be able to walk properly do you. I will let you know how we get on with that.
Good breeder or Bad breeder, that waits to be seen I suppose! Hopefully they will do the decent and moral thing and help with the cost. Please leave your opinion in my comments.
Well, I'm off for a nap now!
Catch ya all laters!