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After evaluating all of our options for treating Natasha’s cranial cruciate ligament injury, we have decided to move forward with Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery this coming Monday. She will be back home on Tuesday for an extended period of rest followed by several weeks of physical therapy. Now that the decision has been made, we are just waiting.
We made the decision based on a number of factors, but primarily we evaluated her health thoroughly. While her age (11 years) is certainly a factor, all of her blood work and other examinations indicated a dog in terrific health. She should recover well.
Non-surgical options and even other surgical options are more suited to smaller dogs or less active dogs. Natasha enjoys our long mountain hikes as well as running and playing in the yard. We needed to make sure that the surgery we chose would give her the best chances at enjoying those activities to the fullest.
Decision made. Waiting for surgery has started. And then the long road to recovery.
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