Well we met last week in ABQ with Dr. Peter Schwarz. Excellant consultation and he talked to use about all the options, even the do nothing situation. Emma's only option is full hip replacement both sides. He is uncomfortable even considering the TPLO procedure or others based on her size and age. Good news is her knees and elbows and paws are good - no issues. Emma as usual did not like him and I had to use the muzzle during the exam process.
After care will be a 3 month nightmare for each side keeping her created and only out for potty breaks on a leash and sling to support her. I can do it, but it will break my heart to put her through it - especially twice. Ill also need a bigger crate and to build a ramp on the steps - not a big issue. The price is 6 K each side
plus local vet bills and x rays every 2 weeks
Big issue is we cant afford this right now. Son in college and my own medical bills, etc. However, I'm starting to save for this and watch her closely on activities. Limited tug is OK, but no ball fetching. Now if I can only explain this to Emma that she is not supposed to run around the yard like she does. She gets the zoomies a lot and will not respond to me during these events. I am going to start her E-collar training this next week to see if it helps control her a bit. I want her to have fun, but not hurt herself. In the house I can keep her activity a bit lower, but she still jumps on and over the couch is something is going on outside.
Please let me know your thoughts