Yesterday Miss Sammi had major surgery on one of her back legs (written in 2010). She has had hip dysplasia since she was a young dog, a result of being splattered by our other dog, not a genetic thing. Nine years later, as she has tried to take her weight on her good leg all the time, she has in fact worn it out.
In the bit between her toes and her ankle (same as the bit between your fingers and your wrist), she had developed warped and deformed bony growth as the ligaments were distorted and torn away from the bone.
So she has had a plate put in, in place of the those distorted ligaments, and a bone graft from the top of her leg to help the bone regrow over the plate.
She spent last night at the clinic and came home this morning in the worst weather I’ve seen for a couple of years. She has to have a plastic bag on her leg to go outside, and today I’m designing an “EzyBoot” for her, made out of old horse rug and plastic milk carton.
She seems happy enough, it’s not actually a part of a leg that has a great deal of movement anyway, so we’ll see how it all progresses.
Two months in bandages I believe, with rebandaging every 7 days … and a new mortgage on the house…
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