Saturday, November 28, 2015

Balin my Labrador retriever has  torn his cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL – similar to the  ACL in humans, and is scheduled for surgery next  monday. This started as a sudden and severe limp on his left rear leg three weeks ago, but is likely a long term thing. Labs have this a lot. When he went lame I thought I would have to carry him back to the house that was only 200 feet away. Now, after limiting his exercise to walking on a leash, he shows no sign of lameness. He has a chance (30 to 50 %) of the same injury on the right knee. So the left knee is going to be repaired. Two blown out knees would be a disaster.

Steph says, “You have to be brave for your dog,” and that is what I am going to do.