I saw the thread on LPL tieback surgery and I have some questions. For all of you who have experienced this, what did you do to help your dogs in the summer? I am contemplating trying to find a "cool" bed, put her in an adjacent room in our house where we can have a fan blowing for her. Of course when it gets hot (if it gets hot frost warnings this past weekend) we wil have the A/C on.
Belle my black lab turned 11 just this past Friday. She had an FCE 4 years ago, so walking around is harder for her than the average dog. She was diagnosed in April with partial LP. Surgery isn't necessary and probably not an option. Her back end is getting weaker, I honestly don't know how much longer she will be able to get around. She can still get up and down on her own, up and down stairs, but it's hard for her. She is not in "pain" but we have her on Previcox (1 tab every other day) because so much presure is on her front end. She was, and agility dog. Belle is a VERY proud dog and does not like "assistance" much. I also hope to get her a cooling vest, that holds cold packs to the dogs organs so maybe she can go for walks over the summer albeit short ones. We have to keep her moving to keep her back end as strong as possible. I'm just looking for thoughts and ideas to keep her comfortable.
Lastly... she is HUGE!!! Not heavy, she weighs only 80-85# but she stands 27" tall. So her body can be her own worst enemy. She had to be big, she has the biggest heart of any dog I have ever known, and they needed a body to match to house it.
Any thoughts is appreciated.