“Our 11 and a half year old German Shepherd Dog, Rahman, had to undergo a Tibial Tuberosity Advancement procedure on his left knee. Prior to us discovering, through x-rays, that Rahman was suffering, he was lethargic and was not remotely interested in going for his daily walks and runs.
The prospect of our old dog undergoing a major surgery was daunting as Rahman & his half-sister a year junior are as “substitute children” to us. The procedure was a complete success, however that was only half of what we had to do to ensure a complete success and a full recovery for our member of the pack.
For the first month or so we supplemented Rahman’s treatment with massage and other therapies on a daily basis. As Rahman gained strength and confidence in his left leg, the need for weekly physiotherapy and acupuncture treatments subsided. Now, 6 months after the operation Rahman, now 12 years young German Shepherd Dog, is like a brand new “adolescent” pup! He’s able to put his full bodyweight on his left leg whilst “cocking” his other leg to urinate. He loves going for his walks and runs happily around Seaforth Oval with my partner and his canine half-sister.
He’s completely rejuvenated! As a part of on-going exercise and as a preventative measure to negate the effects of arthritis in both dogs, we make sure that both get plenty of daily exercise by taking them on two half-hour walks, including walking up a steep hill to strengthen and exercise the dogs’ hind quarters. We also supplement their diet with fish oil (Salmon Omega3) and glucosamine with boswellia at every meal.