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Old 12-18-2012, 02:59 PM
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As you guys may know T-Sha has had a really bumpy road lately and mamas taking it pretty hard as well. She has a torn ACL and luxating patellas are grade 3 and the leg with the torn acl she can not even walk on. I have her on Tramadol and Metacam (for a week now) faithfully to keep her out of pain because I can see it in her, shes definitely not her self. She doesn't eat, occasionally goes pee, hasn't moved her bowels in 3 days..I have to squirt syringes of water in her mouth just to keep her hydrated ...she just stays on her bed all day.

Vet doesn't recommend surgery because of her SEVERE heart disease but I cannot stand to see her like is, I am totally heart broken :'(...I don't know if I should just "try" the surgery and pray pray pray she comes out of it okay or make that decision I NEVER thought I would have to do at only 7 years old

She looks so sad, Mama just keeps crying
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I'm so sorry you are both going through this.
If it were me, I think I would try the surgery if the only other option is having her put to sleep. You don't have anything to lose, and you will know you tried everything you possibly could. If she passes during surgery, for her it will feel the same, she will just go to sleep.
Does the vet think she will improve at all without the surgery?
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I've been thinking the same thing myself however the surgery is $4,000 and that's without complications..And no they said she won't improve, just go down hill because one all the meds are doing a number on her already bad heart and two her other leg that doesn't have the torn ACL is constantly popping in and out and she said putting all the weight on that leg she could end up tearing that one as well. So sucks!!!! I don't know, it's not an easy decision.
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So sorry that your baby is still in pain. Since she cannot improve on her own and the pain killers themselves are dangerous for her heart, if it were me, I would go ahead with the surgery.


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What is the prognosis on her heart disease? Say, if she does pull through surgery, will she be able to have a quality life in regards to her heart problems?
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So sorry about T-Shay. I don't know what to say. $4000 is a alot of money, especially since she has so many other problems. I know they make 'splints' for AC tears, but I don't know whether or not it would help her. Sometimes you have to look at the dog and make that terrible dicision. If she is not living a life that she had been, then sometimes it is a good thing to euthanize.
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This is so hard for you, choosing surgery for a healthy dog is a massive decision so I really feel for you. My Bella has had LP surgery this year and her life has improved dramatically. Is there any way you can get another opinion ? I sought 3 before I decided and each one offered something different, you never know someone may give you a more positive prognosis and options for your girl. Good Luck, you are in my thoughts.
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Well if she does happen to make it out of surgery and after the long road of recovery both her legs will be 100% better. However, she is not expected to live a normal long life because the heart disease is extremely severe at such a young age as well as an enlarged heart and murmur. Plus the pain medications after surgery are not good for her heart. (She also has severe allergies & gastro problems) But I just want her around as long as possible even if it's only a few more years, it brings me to tears every time I think about her not being here with me.
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