Her sixth week evaluation by the surgeon–keying on an x-ray of the leg–confirmed that the surgery has “taken” and she does not have to return to the surgeon unless “issues” develop.
As I reviewed the sixth-week x-ray with the surgeon, it was interesting that he noted the anterior space of her tibia below where he had cut the top of the tibia and repositioned it with a plate, screws and pins, would eventually see substantial bone growth, thus further strengthening the leg.
Prior to Sarah’s onset of debilitating lameness that eventually led to the TPLO procedure, Sarah would, as we called it, walk with a roly-poly movement. Just recently I’ve found an exact description of her pre-lame gait. It comes from a book entitled, “The Power of the Dog,” by Thomas Savage. Quoting:
When a horse trots, his legs move in diagonal pairs–the left front and right hind leg go forward at the same time, and so forth. It’s a rough gait, and you have to post, have to rise in your stirrups and take the jolt in the flex of your knees, and no matter how you do it, it’s bobbing up and down like a fool jack-in-the-box.
But when a horse paces, his legs move laterally in pairs–the right front and right hind legs move forward at once, an easy gait, a swift, rolling gait you can sit out in the saddle by letting your body twist easily with the movements of your horse. Any damned horse can trot: few can pace.
Sarah, prior to the lameness, paced. Now, within the last week or so, she is once again–as described above–pacing…what we called the roly-poly. I cannot tell you how pleasing it is to see this gait, easy and carefree, no limp, no reluctance to place weight on her right rear leg.
I have taken Sarah off Deramaxx. I do worry about the side-effects of this and other similar drugs, notably liver damage. I will see how she does without it. Knowing her as I do, I believe I will be able to see very quickly any change in her activity level, her passion to just get out there and be a dog.
Sarah has about four more weeks of “healing” before she can undertake any extreme activities. But, so far, all is well.
I will post more on this Sarah Saga if anything changes.
So, right now, the conclusion is thank God for the old surgeon and Doctor Slocum’s TPLO procedure.