Doctor John is not on right now and he comes on at random times, since he also has his practice to attend to. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I have been a Vet Tech for 30+ years. I would be happy to try and assist you, or I can try and find another Veterinarian for you. Please let me know what you would like to do. Joan
Yes I can see what has happened to poor Davy. I am so sorry you are so distraught and I understand what you are going through. Surgery and having a pin placed in can be very expensive and when disabled it is very hard to deal with the situation. I would have to agree with your daughter on having the amputation done. Dogs and cats can adapt very well to the loss of a limb. Once amputated the recovery time and care will be much less than having the leg pinned. The pain will not be there once the healing starts. We the Pin surgery repair it takes a longer recovery time and physical therapy, may be needed. There is also no guarantee that the surgery will not leave Davy with arthritis that will cause pain later on down the road. I personally have worked with dogs that have had limbs amputated and seen them up and going within a few days, where recovery time with the pinned bones is a much longer process.
I know you want to do the best for Davy, but under the circumstances, you need to consider yourself as well as Davy and in my opinion, I feel with the situation the amputation would be better for Davy as well as you and your husband. Please let me know if you have further questions. I would be more than happy to continue with you. Joan