- Jul 10, 2015
Where to start... I am torn on what to do. My oldest pet, Delilah, my rescue pittie, is at least 10+ years old has a torn CCL. She is the only pet that I do not have pet insurance on. The surgery alone is $4,000. My concerns aren't totally about cost although it is a bit of a factor. Should I really put an 11yr old dog through such an extensive procedure? Just the sedated exam alone she didn't do well after. She was very vocal, whining and staring into space and loopy until the middle of the next day. The procedure they are wanting to do is very invasive, where they have to drill into her knee cap and repair the ligament (TPLO). She will have to be on strict bed/crate rest for 8wks post op. No running, jumping, playing, or being allowed on furniture. Currently, she doesn't seem as bothered by her knee. She just acts like an old lady some good days and some limping days. Overall, her demeaner doesn't seem to be affected and she is still playful and happy. So the dreaded question is what would you do?