Zorro's TPLO (ACL) Surgery

Most of you already know the struggle my sweet Zorro has endured for over a year now. For months, his vet and I went on thinking that he had arthritis as he would be visibly sore after trips to the park but after a few days of rest he always would appear to be fine again. We continued this cycle of play/excercise for a day or 2 then rest for a day or 2 for months while I constantly looked for ways to prevent him from getting worse. CBD tinctures, glucosamine and other beneficial supplements for canine joint support. I even spent some serious dough on a 7" thick temper-pedic/memory foam bed to help him rest comfortably. Eventually, I took him in to visit a different vet for a closer look and had x-rays taken which confirmed a tear in his right ACL. Huge bummer and it took me months until I could find a way to afford this expensive surgery. It's called tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO) and it cost me over $4,500. At this point it had been just under a year of him living in this painful condition and so in December, he finally had his surgery. The recovery process took about 3 months all in all and so I then very slowly reintegrated him into his old routine which he couldn't have been more thrilled about. This kid lives for fetching balls at the dog park so one day we went for it and boom. I knew immediately, there went his other knee. This happened in February. I never wanted to ask for help from anyone throughout all of this. I always felt resorting to a Go Fund Me would be something I could consider later in his life if ever something more life threatening happened. I'm at the point now where I just want him to be happy again. He wants to run, and play, go everywhere with me like he used to and simply just be a dog. Life isn't going to go on forever I keep telling myself. I need him to be healthy again so he can enjoy what's left of his youth in this amazing little beach town we are so fortunate to live in. Zorro means absolutely everything to me and he deserves to enjoy his precious life. $4,000  would cover everything most likely which will include the consultation, his surgery + overnight at the hospital and any follow up appointments and medications he is prescribed. If anyone feels they are in a position to help and can, Zorro and I would greatly appreciate it. If you're strapped, don't sweat it. No matter what, we are so grateful for any love, support, prayers and positive vibes that are sent his way.

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
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Heather Rose 
San Diego, CA
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