my am staff Reason , has had both back legs done TPLO, almost 3000.00 a leg he was 6yrs old for the first one and 7yrs old for the second,
I WOULD do it again in a heartbeat.
Reason has had alot of injuries in his life, Broken shoulder and broken foot ( which the foot was not diagnosed till a couple months after the break ) took him in a bunch of times to the vet , vet said there is no way it was broken , he was walking on it and so on, thought it was a muscle pull so we kept resting it ) he now has alot of arthritis in that foot, and in his shoulder too where he had surgery ,
he is now 10 yrs old and goes like a crazy man, like he was 2 yrs old, he is sore after but Not his back legs ever,
he does have a bit of arthirtis in the first leg as the leg was partially blown for almost a yr before it blew, during that time i did rest him , and he never got better,, he would seem better, then when i start increasing the exercise he would be sore again,
so we waited too long to do the first one, arthritis was already setting in , the second one we did right away , and he has never been sore on that one ever , after any amount of exercise
i would say he recovered over 90%
he did go back to agility , but was retired due to the front leg injuries buggin him ,
he went back to dog sledding and did really well with that, last yr i retired him from that , he was 9 and getting sore,
I have heard of 2 dogs having the rope put in , BOTH strings snapped after a few yrs
my friend had a TTA ( i belive ) with her pit bull at the same time, and NOTHING but problems with him , leg swelling, had to back for more surgery a couple times, he NEVER recovered properly.
i think the key is get a good surgeon who has done MANY , ( i traveled 7 hrs one way to get a good surgeon ) and have been very happy
that vet told me the dog would make a full recovery , has seen many field working labs go back and have a full recovery and full career after
he also told me 30% chance of the other leg going, but i only know of ONE dog ever , thats other leg did NOT go afterwards, it was a standard poodle..
so i would say prepare for the other to go also ,
at the same time a student of mine had a shepX that blew hers , they decided to do nothing, it took about 2 yrs , and then she could come out on our dog walks, but i would say NEVER the same, and deffianlty a pet, never could do anything active except for a walk .. and swim ,
Not sure if this helps, but if it was me , i would do it again in a heatbeat,,
and rehab and recovery period are really key .. dont rush them
how old is Kita ?