Unfortunately, an incident occurred today and I need and am seeking any advice/experiences/recommendations/stories from my fellow bulldog owners. I'd like to start this post off by saying as bulldog owners we are all aware of the unconditional love, laughter and joy our bullies bring to us every day. In return, I truly want to ensure I make the correct decisions during unexpected times like this-any words of advice will be greatly appreciated.
My bully's name is Sumo. He is now almost 4 years old and we've had him since he was a pup. Till now Sumo has been perfectly well and healthy-no major health concerns. Today, Sumo was playing at the dogpark with his usual crowd. Nothing occurred out of the ordinary, but when it was time to go home Sumo was limping with his right hind leg held high and tucked in. He was unable to bear any weight on that leg and was limping on three legs. On arrival home he was stagnant and planted on his bed. We figured it may be a dislocated hip so we brought him to the nearest animal hospital immediately.
On arrival, we got x-rays completed and it turns out to be a COMPLETE ACL TEAR. The veterinarian suggested the following surgical ACL procedures:
1) Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
2) Extracapsular Suture Stabilization
3) Tibial Tuberosity Advancement
Along with one of the surgeries the veterinarian proposed he also SUGGESTED:
1) Elongated Soft Palate Surgery-he stated that this surgery was to be done during the repair of the ACL as there is a high risk for bulldogs to choke and go into respiratory distress/failure post removal of the artificial breathing tube. Hence, this surgery which is basically cutting down the soft palate, will also prevent the soft palate from covering my bully's trachea the body's breathing tube.
2) Entropian/Ectropian Repair-which was unrelated to the ACL but a surgery he suggested during the physical examination
3) Another surgery was to rid of the little pieces of hair growing on the inner portion of the eyelid. Almost like an inward eyelash for humans. He indicated that Sumo had some small hairs which can cause irritation and eventual scarring of the cornea. The surgery was a laser surgery to remove the hair follicles completely, but the results are not permanent as there are many hair follicles.
4) Lastly, he suggested a surgery where the purpose was to reduce the amount of skin folds Sumo has on his face. The veterinarian said the folds were either pulling on the eyes too much on pushing them too far up causing agitation and irritation to the eyes. The procedure is to go in take some extra skin folds away and stitch them back up-this would mean getting rid of his nose rope and wrinkles. Hence, reducing the pull/push on the eyes and making it easier to care for Sumo's wrinkles. At this point, I almost broke down in tears. I want my Sumo to still look like my one and only Sumo. But is this selfish of me? Do I do what's best for him?
Today was overall a very stressful and emotional day. I'm glad it's finally over, but from here on out I think it's only going to get harder. Please, please don't hesitate to leave any concerns, comments, feedback or advice.
My questions at the moment are:
1) Which mandatory ACL repair procedure do we go with? Any comments on price, recovery time, risks and benefits?
2) Do we agree and go through with any of the optional/suggested surgeries? Again any comments on price, recovery time, risks, experiences and benefits? I am most concerned with the Elongated Soft Palate one as the veterinarian states if he does the ACL repair without this surgery upon removal of the breathing tube his palate may cover his trachea and cause him to arrest.
THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND TIME DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. SUMO AND I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.