Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Rough Road Ahead

Hi Everyone,

Many of you may know Cookie from this blog. Yesterday, my mom and I took her to the vet. It turned out that she needed x-rays. After we came back to pick her up, we found out the news:

Her right ligament had completely snapped.

I am devastated. She was just back to herself, having the stamina to handle two walks a day. Now, she has to use her left hind leg to walk and her weight has ballooned to 28.5 pounds (12.9 kg) which was a shock. We had been measuring out her meals and it still happened. I think part of it is due to her breed because Cocker Spaniels love food and can gain weight easily.

The Prognosis

It is imperative for Cookie to lose weight. I will probably be getting a high quality food like Bil-Jac light since it doesn't require as much food to feed your dog as other dog foods do. Without Cookie losing the weight to get back to a manageable size, she won't be able to have the necessary surgery to repair the ligament.

Cranial Crucial Ligament Surgery

This surgery is ideal for dogs in Cookie's situation. Without the surgery, she will not be able to have full mobility of her legs. With the surgery, she will be able to walk using all four legs again.

The surgery is very expensive. With my current income, the only way I'll be able to do it is with financial aid. I will be checking all of the resources to see what's possible for Cookie. Thank you all for stopping by. I will keep you updated on Cookie's status.

Let's Discuss!

Have any of you had dogs in the same situation as Cookie? What steps did you take for your dog?


  1. Well, I had to pay to repair a luxating patella on Darby's left leg last year. Total cost of surgery came to around $1,700. Now he's beginning to show some wear on his right leg, as he overcompensated with it while the left was damaged/healing. I'm cringing at the thought of having to do it again, but if I need to, I will.

    Good luck with your pup. Have you discussed options like Care Credit with your vet, or possibly making a payment arrangement?

  2. Any financial investment I've made in a dog is always worth it. I'm glad your dog Darby is doing much better. Cookie's surgery will cost more. Unfortunately, Care Credit isn't an option for me. I appreciate the suggestion though.

  3. My prayers are with you and Cookie (and your Mom, Gigi and Homer too... :)

  4. Thanks Pat, it's much appreciated.



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