If you can splatter this link anywhere and everywhere that would be really helpful:
In a couple hours we have a vet appt to have Toller re-splinted, but we will not be discussing amputation then as we don’t know which vet it will be. The whole treatment from the vet has been just awful; we found out on the receipt they charged a £38 consultation fee for when we went to collect Tolly – the vet gave us no aftercare advice, didn’t tell us what to do next, and simply said “the other vet explained everything to you, didn’t she?”
We were totally unaware that counted as a consultation, and the fact they charged us £38 for it is beyond disgusting.
My partner is going to discuss this with them later, and we will be asking to talk to our vet via phone to bring up the possibility of amputation.
We are also going to be calling other vets in our area, along with rescues in case they can help set up an emergency fund that more people will see, and we’re going to try find a teaching hospital as sometimes they apparently charge less for operations.
I’ve done a lot of research on amputation and have found an amazing resource of a ‘tripod’ (3 legged) pet forum.
There are several owners whose dogs suffered a similar injury and, like Tolly, their vets tried to repair the limb.
One person’s dog was fine for two years but then developed severe end-stage arthritis. This meant they needed an elbow replacement (she brought up amputation then and the vet refused), the elbow replacement led to a chronic infection, and then finally the leg was amputated. The dog is pain free now.
And another person’s dog had a similar break to Tolly which was allowed to heal, and again the dog needed amputation a few years later and had been living with pain for suspected all that time.
I’ve written out loads of info and questions for the vet (they are so gonna hate us…) asking all sorts. One thing we *need* to know is a) what is the prognosis with the surgery where they wire her bones, and b) what are the chances of repeat procedures.
The vets haven’t mentioned that to us AT ALL, we had no idea that there was even a possibility of a repeat procedure. Every person I have spoken to who has experience with this (including a vet nurse) has warned me that complications and repeat procedures run extremely high with an injury like this. The vets told us nothing.
I find this absolutely shameful.
The only thing they have said about this procedure, and that was done over the phone, was that “hopefully” it will help Tolly heal better than a splint would. Hopefully. And that she would still be lame afterwards, but ‘probably’ not as much as if we just used splints.
That is not good enough. For a surgery that would cost £1200-1600 and that is extremely invasive with a long recovery time, that is not good enough.
There are many reasons why amputation would be a better choice, but vets seem to be against this because it seems so drastic. My reasons are:
- Amputation completely gets rid of the need for further repairing surgeries for the leg
- Unlike either of the other two options, Tolly would be able to walk (without pain) and would be able to go on walks, interact with calm and similarly sized dogs, etc. She would get to be a dog much more than having a fourth lame, painful leg.
- Although amputation is a huge procedure obviously, recovery tends to be faster and easier and the dog tends to bounce back and adjust very well
Please please continue to share Tolly’s fund and I will keep you as updated as possible.