Samson is my Spanish mastiff, who is now close to three years old. He was born with birth defects in his leg, which has caused twisting and wrinkling of his long bones in a rear leg. That has caused his kneecap to sublux to the side, and made him limp.
Over the past two years, Sam has had five surgeries on his leg to correct the issue. His orthopedic specialist vet has worked hard to avoid having to do a hip replacement as the last resort to fix the leg, and with his fourth surgery, we were finally successful. In December, he had to have some of the more recent hardware removed, as it was causing too much tissue reaction and swelling.
Each time he's had surgery, Sam gets off his feed. As in he lost 15 lbs in a week after his fourth surgery, and it takes 2-3 months to get him back to eating well again. He's been looking like a starving child from Biafra (shows how old I am), and I am surprised I haven't been questioned about neglect on him. With the hardware removal, I asked the vet and her vet tech if they would change how they did his anesthesia to a method we use on humans who get bad post-operative nausea and vomiting. They listened, I taught them how to do it, and Sam actually came home and ate TWO CANS of dog food that night. Still a small helping compared to the 5-6 cups twice a day he normally eats, but a significant improvement over what he's done before after surgery.
Sam is back to running full speed, playing with the other dogs and his toys, and in general being a goofy puppy, and he now outweighs me.