July 2019 Pet of the Month
Bella is a gorgeous young Labrador with a zest for life who in the past 7 months has had not one but two knee reconstructions! Poor Bella ruptured the cruciate ligament in her knees - this is a common injury in AFL footballers! Luckily dogs are quicker to return to full activity than footy players, so after a surgery on her right back leg in November and another surgery on her left hind leg May, Bella is already back walking to her favourite cafe - although still a little way off being let loose at the park!
The knee surgery that is performed at Burke Road Vet Clinic is called the Tightrope technique. A very strong synthetic fibre is placed around the knee to replicate the action of the damaged ligament, allowing weight bearing very quickly after surgery so that a rehabilitation program can be commenced. We also give follow up injections of Cartrophen to help the joint fluid and cartilage health and recommend remedial massage appointments which can also be arranged at the clinic. Bella's owners have done an incredible job helping with her rehab, and we have loved seeing Bella return to action!