Our first baby had ACL reconstruction surgery on Wednesday. We have been dreading this process since March, back when she tore it but knew we had to bite the bullet and have it fixed. We were told to "rest her" for a few months and see if it would heal. However, she is a German short-haired pointer… they are super active dogs full of energy and we knew she would never be able to run in fields or on the beach again if we didn't have the surgery. Now that beach weekends are over, we went ahead with the surgery because we will be home bound for a few months while she recovers.
Her surgery was performed at a specialty surgical practice two hours from our house. The orthopedic PA in me was so fascinated with the whole procedure but it was not fun having it done to your own dog! She had to spend the night there Wednesday night and we were so sad without her! We were asking ourselves what we talked about before we had her haha (and I'm sure it will only get worse with children). I took yesterday off work to go get her and spend the day with her at home. She cannot do anything for 8 weeks. No jumping on the couch, no going up and down stairs, no going outside without a leash, no playing, and in her crate if we aren't home. Do you guys know how impossible that is going to be with a GSP?? So for the next 3ish months we will be nursing our princess back to health. Carrying her outside to go pee pee, lots of snuggles, extra treats and TLC. Hurts my heart seeing her in pain but I know it will be worth it in the long run! I can't wait to see her running in fields next spring!
2016… the year of endless medical and vet bills. 2017, please be nicer to our wallets ;)