Q. I have a 13 yr old Cocker Spaniel who tore a ligament in back leg. She is blind in one eye and deaf. Should she go through surgery?

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A. You need to be guided by your vet. The age needs to be taken into account and I would want liver and kidney blood tests done prior to surgery to ensure they are functioning properly. Also I would expect her to be on iv fluids during the surgery. Recovery can be longer in older dogs too after a general anaesthetic. You should discuss in detail the quality of life and general health of the dog as to wether it is worth putting her through surgery. She is probably too big to be left without surgery so there are really only the two options.

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