Update on my Suzy
Mar. 18, 2010 4:56 pm
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010 2:54 pm
Yesterday I took Suzy back to the vet for a follow-up on her leg injury. It wasn't a full 6 weeks yet, but I really didn't see the point in waiting as I had not noticed much difference in her limping. So - the vet gives her a shot of "sleepy juice" (as she put it) and within seconds Suzy was out like a light. She took x-rays of her hips and legs.
Good news is if I were to send her hip x-rays off for rating for OFA they would come back very good. Nothing wrong with the hips! Legs didn't show any fractures or anything, but while Suzy was out and relaxed, she did a test for the torn ligament and she said it is definitely torn. So, we discussed all our options of what could be done. They range from euthanization (absolutely out of the question - she's perfectly fine other than a gimpy leg!) to a $4,000 surgery. If we do nothing she runs the risk of harming her other back leg from the stress put on it - also out of the question - she's only 17 months old. Our vet can do a surgery where she will manufacture a ligament out of man-made materials. This surgery would cost about $1,200. The $4,000 surgery would be done by a specialist vet and it would involve plates being put in to stabilize the leg. The cheaper surgery has just over an 80% chance of success where she could heal up good and be able to be worked as a hunting dog - which she has been trained for. The expensive surgery would be more like a 93% chance of complete success for her to continue as a hunting dog.
After some discussion with my husband - I think we're going with the cheaper surgery. We just don't have $4,000 laying around. My reasoning - which Jon liked was this: Have the cheaper surgery done -hope for the best, but understand the chance that she won't be able to hunt. Then, Suzy can take an early retirement (heck, people do that all the time!!) and hang with me and Missy when it's hunting season. Missy is our 11-year-old chocolate lab that was retired this season. And, since Jon has to have a dog to retrieve his ducks and geese, we'll get a puppy. I reasoned that this option would only cost us half what the expensive surgery would cost and Suzy would be made comfortable and he'd get a hunting dog. Plus, he'd have the joy of training a new puppy - and who doesn't love that??!!
Now, for the strange part of the story.... I get home from work today and Suzy greets me at the door with Missy. I let them out and Suzy is in the yard walking around like there is nothing wrong with her! She's been fine all afternoon and evening. Jon is out of town tonight and I can't wait till he calls to tell him of this development. She even ran around the yard some, came up the steps and is still perfectly fine! How strange is that??