On Friday, January 9th, 1998, Teddy, a twelve year old Male Samoyed, was examined for recurrent lameness on his left rear leg. Following physical exam, blood tests, and xrays, he was diagnosed with degenerative joint disease and a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). His left stifle joint or knee was unstable and this was contributing to the degenerative joint problem. After discussing the pros, cons, and risks of surgery with Teddy’s family, a decision was made to repair Teddy’s ligament and remodel his knee joint.
Veterinary Technician Lisa Smith prepares teddy for surgery,
removing the dense Samoyed hair coat
and performing multiple surgical scrubs.