After speaking to our surgeon, have decided to get TTA surgery instead of TPLO since this procedure is better for small, short-legged dogs like Cody. Corgis are deceptively large dogs, but we agree with his surgeon wholeheartedly that his tiny stumpers would be better off with TTA. It turns out that in addition to tearing his ligament, he also crushed his meniscus. Most of the meniscus (if not all of it) will be removed, and his knee will be "cut" and moved forward in order to bear less stress on the lower end of the femur.
The estimated cost for Cody's TTA is $3,300 to $3,600. We have set the GFM goal at $3,700 to cover the overall cost of surgery. We are so fortunate that there is a lot of awarenss of our campaign, but there are many others that may not be so lucky. We want to give back to the same community that has supported us. Thus, any excess funding will go to various GoFundMe campaigns for other 13/10 rated doggos (so like.. all of them).
The surgery will be next Thursday. Post-op, Cody will have to rest for 8 weeks.... basically the rest of summer. We also have to be very careful to not injure his other knee. Cody's only 2 and half years old, so the other knee will have to undergo a lot of wear in these next billion years that Cody will be alive. A billion is a long time for a knee to work overtime.
Again, we are greatly appreciative of all of your efforts to share our GoFundMe and fundraising for us! Thank you so much to WeRateDogs and our friends on Facebook and Twitter! We cannot do any of this without your support!
We will continue to update Cody's campaign under the "Updates" section. Here's to a summertime full of zoomies!
Old post: So about a week ago, Cody played too rough with another dog and long story short, he tore the doggy equivalent of a human’s ACL. We just got back from getting his x-rays today at Sugar Land Pet Hospital and it shows that his knee is in pretty bad shape. I believe they said it was a complete tear, and that reconstructing his knee with TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery would be the best option for him.
Our vet recommends TPLO surgery with Gulf Coast Vet Specialists and they gave us a quote of about $4000-$5000 which is pretty hefty. We're willing to do anything for Cody as long as it makes him feel better again, but the cost of surgery in addition to student loans and other bills, it makes it really hard to afford. I know that paying for someone else’s dog’s surgery is the last thing on anyone’s mind, but Cody’s literally been there for me during the toughest and most depressing times of my college career so far.
Summer just started for us and we were so excited to take him out to parks every other day. If there is a single word to describe the personality of a corgi, it would be energetic. With this injury, he won’t be able to play for a long time. Dogs never complain like we humans do, so seeing him limp and drag his leg everywhere is a sure-tale sign that he’s in pain. I just want him to be able to heal and be happy in the same way he’s kept me sane.
- Casey Carney
Organizer and beneficiary
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