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Put the Kettle on....

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??
Mar. 18, 2010 5:05 pm
I like the sound of your plan!
Mar. 18, 2010 5:12 pm
Did Suzy over hear these conversations about her, lol? Did she perhaps hear the "E" word? Or, retirement? New puppy? Poor girl, lol. She's not wanting to be replaced! Really, though, I'm glad to hear the good news and that one way or another, Suzy is going to be on the mend! And thank you for the update. I think both your babies are just beautiful!
Mar. 18, 2010 5:15 pm
I thought my plan sounded pretty good, Nicole. Thanks for agreeing! Mimosa - I'm not sure what she heard, but it is weird! Thanks for the compliment on "my girls". They definitely bring much joy into our lives.
Mar. 18, 2010 5:40 pm
Such tough decisions we have to make when it comes to our pets. If they could only tell us how they feel, right? I am sure your Suzy would have told you that this was her plan of choice too!
Mar. 18, 2010 5:52 pm
Good Plan!! Beautiful dogs :)
Mar. 18, 2010 6:21 pm
It's very cool that she seems to be feeling better!!
Mar. 18, 2010 6:28 pm
I'm sure she's just having a good day today, I can't imagine she's suddenly better, but she is still walking around like normal! Maybe she's still drugged from yesterday and can't feel the pain??
Mar. 18, 2010 6:52 pm
Great that Suzy is feeling better! Both your dogs are beautiful! I like the less expensive plan myself too. Sounds like good for your Suzy and your hubby too!
Mar. 19, 2010 3:46 am
Very happy to hear that Suzy was feeling better, but as you said, it could have just been a good day. It's really sad that so many people would choose the euthanization route instead of having the surgery. As I told you in your other blog - we went the route of having the metal plates put in - which was around $4,000 - love him to death, but that bill really hurt! Jackson doesn't have a limp whatsoever now, but his injury was a bit different than Suzy's. I think you made the right decision. Don't we all want to retire early anyway???
Mar. 19, 2010 4:03 am
Suzanne, I do remember you telling me about Jackson. I actually thought about him while the vet was talking about the different options. Thanks.
Mar. 19, 2010 5:36 am
Dogs are funny that way...they seem like they are perfectly fine and then BAM! they act like they should be in the Exorcist or something!!
Mar. 19, 2010 6:16 am
I'm glad Suzy is feeling better! Maybe she was only acting like she was asleep and wanted to hear what ya really thought about her?!!! You know how girls like gossip!!! All the best to Suzy,keep the tail a waggin!!
Mar. 19, 2010 6:48 am
Glad to hear Suzy is better. My lab is not a hunting dog and I am thinkin Suzy likes the idea of staying home w/ mommy and just playin in the yard :)
Mar. 19, 2010 9:09 am
Jgirl - you may be right! My husband said he wasn't too upset she could never hunt again - she didn't seem to have the "birdiness" it takes to be a good hunting dog. Missy, the old dog, was fabulous, she's just too old to go out in the cold like that anymore.
Mar. 19, 2010 9:11 am
LOL WW! Actually with Suzy - it's like BAM she always acts like she should be in the Exorcist!! Ha!ha! She's been our "crazy Sue" since day one. :-)
Mar. 19, 2010 6:17 pm
Blessings to you for caring so much for sweet Suzy. I'm sending all my best wishes and prayers for her recovery. Isn't it great to have dogs in your life? !!!
Mar. 20, 2010 4:22 am
Yes, it is. I couldn't imagine living without them! A very good friend of ours says "Dogs only live such a short time so we can love more of them - but that's a small consolation". A co-worker had to have her 9 year old lab put down due to cancer and we have all spent the past 3 days crying with her; even the men.
Mar. 21, 2010 7:30 am
We once had the same choice with our beloved lab mix named Chili. We did the cheap surgery and it was very successful. She did tear the other one so off to a cheap surgery again. We had 9 wonderful years with her. My only regret with her treatment, was years of an anti inflammatory called Rimadyl. After she was diagnosed with lymphoma I found out that the disease was frequently an outcome from that prescription. Had I known, I would have given her low dose aspirin for the rest of her life. Take good care!
Mar. 21, 2010 2:54 pm
Suzy is on Rimadyl right now. I had not heard of the connection to lymphoma, however, I have heard it can be destructive to kidney and liver. She was taking it during her 4 weeks of "rest" and now I am giving her 1/2 what she was originally prescribed. I do not intend to give it to her forever. And, a little update on Suzy. She is back to limping, so the surgery will happen - just not for a few weeks yet.
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