I am currently considering this surgery, as well, for my dog; Timmy.
Timmy has stage 3 and is happy as can be but really favors his right rear leg over the left. When he runs, he often holds up the left. He never complains of pain or seems anything less than very happy but I worry because of the way he carries the leg.
I am thinking I'll do it in the FALL when it rains daily and he doesn't want to go outside, anyway. We waited all Winter for the nice weather and I can't bare to keep him in during the only four months of good weather we have: June, July, August, and Sept.
It would be great to hear more about:
1. how hard is it to keep them from moving the leg while it is healing?
2. what are the risks of the surgery itself?
3. how close to the estimate cost was the final cost?
4. how much did the surgery cost?
thanks for sending details or stories of the surgery and the healing process.