I've posted a few times about Bosco's patellas, which are somewhat problematic. He will be 3 in August. Last year, he was limping and crying and my regular vet recommended surgery for both knees. I was very hesitant about proceeding with surgery and consulted with a holistic vet who suggested that I try a combination of herbs and exercise.
All went well for the past year -- no problems with stairs or any crying episodes. However, I do notice that if I take him on walks further than 1/2 mile he limps. If I keep the walks short, he does fine, but I am starting to worry about whether I am doing the right thing.
Right now, he goes on walks around the neighborhood, about 3 times a day. He also plays actively with my two Japanese Chin. I would say his quality of life is fine, as long as I limit the length of the walks. However, he is not yet 3 years old, and I'm wondering what to expect over time.
I've heard of both successful and not-so-successful patella surgeries. The procedure is both expensive and watching over him during recovery would be an issue, but I could probably arrange something (with additional costs).
For any of you have had the patella surgery done, could you comment on whether you felt it was worth it?
Thanks for you input.