I don't often reach out, but the one thing guaranteed to start me trawling the net is any medical problems with my two beautiful Labradors. You see our 5 1/2 year old has just been diagnosed with a possible ruptured cruciate. He developed a limp in his back left about 3 months ago. Just in the evenings after he had been led down for any length of time. I thought it was early arthritis, not uncommon in Labs, so didn't rush him to the vet, but the limp got worse, so following two consultations, it would seem it is a cruciate problem. Where we are at at the moment is our own vet has recommended we take the boy up to see an orthopedic vet in Poitiers because his own practice don't perform this op on big breeds.
What I am wondering is, have any of you dog lovers out there come across this problem? I am very undecided - should we go for the op or not? What about after the surgery, how would we keep him still for long periods other than toilet walks in the garden? What if it doesn't work? All of the 'what ifs' just crowd in. I'm sorry, I know I'm a bit of wimp, but like all of you I just want to do what's best for my dog.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this and please if you have any experience, tips or information you can share, it would very appreciated.