The luxating patella surgery went well. The Seattle Humane Society volunteer vets are great – and apparently made a groove in the little Chihuahua’s patella so it would sit correctly in the trochlear groove. And then did something else with one of his tendons to support the adjustment. Taquito was really groggy the first day and half out of surgery, but is now back up and trying to escape his crates we have set up around the house.
That’s right, it’s recovery time. We’ve been told that the surgery they performed will take about eight weeks to heal completely. In the first five days, we had to keep a close watch on him and either keep him in a tiny pen (pictured here) or in his little travel crate. We only picked him up for potty breaks and a little snuggle time. He howled like a dog about three times his size when he wanted to snuggle and we were busy taking showers or cooking!
And now we’re able to make the pen a little larger – just enough so that he can take a few steps in it. We’re using his foster siblings’ wire crates for this, since they’re larger and he’s trying so hard to jump out of the pen with the open top! And we’re also letting him walk along on a leash a tiny bit – just around the yard. Stairs and jumping are still not allowed. Tough for this little jumping bean, but we all have to be good.
In full disclosure, since we’re just fostering Taquito, a volunteer vet at the Seattle Humane Society performed this surgery on him for free. However, luxating patella surgeries typically cost a few thousand dollars. Pet insurance coverage covers costs like these and others, as long as they’re not pre-existing to your enrollment. If you don’t think you could afford spending a few thousand dollars on your pet’s surgeries, please look into pet insurance. It’s a small monthly payment that could save you a lot in the long run.