Our expert says:
This is always a difficult decision, and there is seldom an absolutely right or absolutely wrong answer. It is very often a decision that needs to be made based on the balance of all the factors involved, and a good measure of gut feel. Your veterinarian should be able to help you more, knowing exactly how bad the hips really are. In general though, hip dysplasia per se can vary from mild to severe, and in the severe case, euthanasia very often needs to be administered quite early in life. Add a bad knee to bad hips, and the problem is certainly compounded significantly. If the epilepsy is not currently controlled, the dose of medication must be adjusted until it is controlled. Epilepsy can be controlled in the greatest majority of patients. Once again, add hip dysplasia, ruptured knee ligaments, epilepsy and financial constraints and the overall picture is not good. I cannot make the decision for you, however the knee will need attention urgently to avoid excessive damage. The decision therefore needs to be made fairly urgently as to what to do. The best is, discussed this with your vet again, as she knows the overall condition best.
Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
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