This video is about Izumi's Recovery from bilateral MPL surgery.
Izumi and I started training in the sport of Agility in December of 2013. We are both total newbies. I didn't really have any expectations for us I just wanted to have fun and learn. I got far more than I had hoped for! Not only did we both absolutely LOVE it we were really good! (mostly her.. handling is hard haha) We entered our very first competition in June 2014. We won three first place ribbons... would've been four, but I'm not the best handler... AND she won a High In Trial ribbon for being so super FAST! I was thrilled! In July we flew to Chicago. Prior to going we obviously had to get a certificate to fly from the vet. We knew she had grade one LPs and before we left they were still at grade one. I kept her in great shape by doing a lot of peanut (doggie exercise ball) work with her and different "tricks" that were actually like doggie workouts. Anywho we had an incident in Chicago and by the end of our trip she didn't really wanna walk at all. When we got back I was just thinking she pulled a muscle.... We found out her knees were now grade 3-4. It was completely heart wrenching. Even writing this now my heart still aches... But I had to get myself together and make an informed decision. She was obviously in pain and she was barely walking. The vet suggested surgery. I wasn't convinced. I did all of the research I could and then on my own I came to the conclusion.. she needed surgery... I opted to do both knees at once. She's small enough so her surgeon agreed to it. OH, and yes I went to a board certified orthopedic surgeon. I will never gamble with my dogs health and well being. I actually had several people try to send me to vets/surgeons who were not certified because they "cost less".... psht... well money is never an issue when it comes to my dogs. I'd sell my kidney before they went without. So we set up the date and things were a go! I was insanely upset and nervous. I started looking for videos or even blogs... really anything with someone who has been through this with their dog. I really wanted to see pictures and videos and get some advice and even maybe just some moral support. Unfortunately I never found what I was looking for. That's what led me to decide from the get-go I wanted to make this video. I wanted to give everyone a little bit of behind the scenes of the recovery. I tried to still keep it short and sweet. I hope this helps others who are going through similar things maybe put their minds at ease a little more and have a little more hope.
Thanks for watching and reading our story! I hope you enjoyed our video. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have!
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