Whether you have a black lab, yellow lab or a chocolate lab, you will typically be looking at 1 of 2 knee repair procedures for larger dogs – TPLO or TTA surgery to repair the torn or ruptured cranial cruciate ligament in your dogs knee. The traditional technique (extracapsular technique) typically isn’t used in large breed dogs, such as Black Labrador Retrievers, Yellow Labrador Retrievers or Chocolate Labrador Retrievers due to the added stress on the joint from the extra weight of the dog.
- Read as much information as you can on each type of surgery, and try to talk with people who have had the same surgery. Compare your dogs activity level with the others.
- Consult your veterinarian and make sure you fully understand the options available. Ask why (why not) he/she is recommending certain options and not others.
- Be prepared to keep your dog confined. Activity levels need to be drastically cut down, and as we all know, Labrador Retrievers are generally very active dogs. Keeping the dog inactive will be crucial to the recovery process.
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