Has anyone gone through this? My lab will be five in March. He is very tall and very long. He is lean, but weighs 85-90 lbs.
He partially tore it at some point but we don't know when and didn't notice it. Then, in November, we were camping and he started limping a little but was ok the next day. He stayed with a buddy for Thanksgiving and developed some sort of infection in between his pads so we took him to the vet for both issues because he was a little lethargic and slow to get up. Antibiotics took care of the infection, but the vet said he probably partially tore his CCL. Gave him anti-inflammatory pills and said to rest him. We did and he was acting normally. Then, he was running around the yard about a week later, helped and laid down. He wouldn't put any pressure on it and the vet confirmed he had completely torn it this time.
The vet said our only option is TPLO because he is young and active and it is the gold standard.
I'm nervous about it for a few reasons, the big one being they are going to change the natural position of the leg and also drill into perfectly good bone. The other concern is the extremely long recovery time and physical therapy.
Has anyone gone through this or another procedure? I've heard the swivel lock procedure is less intrusive and has a shorter recovery time. My dog hunts a few times a year, but mostly camps, hikes and swims and the majority of his exercise is retrieving ball in the backyard. No hun test or field trials or anything.