03-14-2016, 10:26 PM
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My concern would be that with a dog as large as a Newfie, if any leg is defective, that adds significantly more strain onto the other legs, and may predispose him to other leg injuries and arthritis (earlier/more severe than typical). I wouldn't worry as much if he were an old dog nearing the end of his life, and less active, but I would be afraid that the wear and tear of puppyhood on 3 good legs in such a large dog probably will not bode well long term. Is he limping because of the mechanics of his deformity, or because he is painful? I would address all of your concerns with the specialist, see what their long term prognosis is both with and without surgery. Is either more likely to raise the risk of debilitating arthritis? If you are considering no surgery, perhaps also see if there are any specialists which also offer orthopedic rehab, and see what their opinion is on no surgery. Or seek a second opinion from another orthopedist if you are having doubts.
If the surgery has a good success rate for returning dogs to normal function, I would strongly consider it. Having had a tripod dog on NSAIDs long term due to wear and tear as she got old, I can attest that the medications, bloodwork, and occasional vet visits when the dog would acutely tweak something and be more gimpy than usual probably added up into the thousands of dollars, and that was for a medium dog, with discounted care as an employee. Your costs may be significantly more to manage similar conditions in a huge dog, so consider that when you are weighing the options.