Bayla's ACL Surgery

Sometime last year Bayla injured her back right ACL by running too hard too fast as a puppy.
This injury is very common amongst Labrador Retrievers and unfortunately the only way to repair it is by having surgery.
Brandon wanted Bayla to grow a little more since she is still considered a puppy.
Her second birthday was this month.
Meanwhile, Brandon took a very intensive surgery course at the AVMA convention in San Diego last August specifically focused on repairing a torn ACL.
**Warning-this post shows graphic images!!**
Since then he has studied and studied. He has performed this particular surgery with other veterinarians, ( some were his professors in school) but never all by himself.
Some would think it would be too much pressure to attempt such a surgery as this on your own pet, but he felt this was the best way for him to put his skills to the test.
The surgery lasted a few hours and involved the use of many pieces of equipment, including a power drill.
Brandon is a very talented surgeon, so I had complete faith and trust in him.
As always, I prayed for God to guide his hands.
He did a beautiful job on the surgery and Bayla has been trying to bear weight on her leg already and it's been less than a week.
The next 6-8 weeks should be interesting as she is on strict cage rest while she heals.
Many people wonder how I am able to stay in the operating room when Brandon is operating on our pets.
I always want to be there, petting them, praying over them, and showing my husband that I believe in his ability to perform successful surgery.
I have watched him perform numerous surgeries and I am always blown away by his calm demeanor, his precision and technique, and his intelligence. 
I love documenting the work of his hands.
Bayla was feeling a bit out of it post surgery, but I sat with her most of the afternoon and sang to her and loved on her.
She was so sweet and forgiving.
I'm always worried they may hold the surgery against us, but they never do. It's really amazing.

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us and establish the work of our hands for us—
    yes, establish the work of our hands."
Psalm 90:17


  1. I'm so glad Bayla is healing up well! I had that same feeling when my little Samson was getting neutered and having his umbilical hernia fixed- I was so scared that he'd be upset at us once he got to come home!

    1. Thank you, Ashley! I hope Samson is doing much better!! I know Brandon has done quite a few of those hernia surgeries. Hopefully our babies won't have to go under the knife again anytime soon! :) xoxo

  2. So happy your dog came through the surgery well and is healing. Our Cane Corso had acl surgeries on both back legs and was fine. I am so grateful for the talented vets who love our animals and perform these surgeries so we can continue to love them. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

    1. Thank you so much, Wendy! I'm so glad to hear your baby did well with both ACL surgeries! I hope you have a blessed weekend!! xoxo

  3. Its good to hear that sweet Bayla is healing good & that things went so well! You are so presh & so sweet to both humans & animals :)

    1. Ashleigh, thank you so much-you are so sweet!! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

  4. I was surprised when Rocky had his ACL surgery recently and was shaved so far up on his back leg. Now that I've seen Bayla, it makes me realize vets have a reason for this. Glad to hear Bayla is recovering so well! We are coming up on Rocky's 8th week and he's doing great. He still babies it a little on the hardwood floors, but outside he puts all of his weight on it. Hope you two have a great upcoming week!

    1. Hey Jill! Yes, they shave up really far because they have to sanitize such a large area to prevent infection. What wonderful news that Rocky is doing so well with his recovery!! Bayla is doing great, too! She is a little over 2 weeks out and wants to run and play and be her old self again, but we know better and are keeping her crated. Have a wonderful weekend!! xoxo

  5. I found your blog by accident one day and have loved looking at since. You have such a beautiful home. I was drawn by your love of animals and your husband being a Vet. We have adopted all three of our dogs and have loved each of them dearly. Two years ago in July our beloved Bella passed away from cancer. It broke our heart, but it was due to a bad doctor we had. He missed all the signs and money was more important to him than our beloved Bella's health. We have since adopted a beautiful German Shepard that was six years old. We adore her and she is such a wonderful addition to our family. We have since found a wonderful Vet that has helped with beloved Shepard and I now have faith in Vets again. Reading your blog and seeing what a wonderful doctor your husband is, has helped me heal. I only wish we were closer so could bring my doggie to him.

    1. Hey KC!! I am so happy your found us! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and write such thoughtful words! I am so sorry to hear about your sweet Bella. :( Cancer is a terrible thing. Every Vet is different, just like all human doctors are different. They come from different backgrounds and have different motives and passions, and that can work in both negative and positive ways. Fortunately for Brandon, veterinary medicine is his passion and it's the only career he's every wanted to have. I think that shows no matter what your job is. If you are passionate about your work people will know it and vice versa. I am so glad that you found a German Shepard that fits your family and that you've found a wonderful Vet, too. That can really make all the difference. We would be honored to serve you and your beloved pets if you lived closer. Again, I am just blown away by your kindness and you willingness to share some of your story with me. Sending you love and blessings!! xoxo

  6. Oh my goodness! I am so happy you wrote this post. I am catching up from being gone, and just finally saw it. My little Rocky (boxer) has two partially torn ACL's he is 5.5. I have torn my ACL's as well, he is just following in my footsteps it seems! haha! Which surgery did your husband use to repair it? I know there are a ton of different methods, 2 main ones. One being cheaper than the other. We have kept Rocky on restricted activity the last few months because my parents read that can help them and sometimes keeps them from having to have surgery. He has definitely improved a TON and is playing again. We just don't let him run/jump like he use to. Hopefully we do not have to resort to surgery, but will do surgery if we have to. Just interested to see what method he used and feels is better? I'm just nervous to spend so much and it not work on him, when he is doing okay now. Just such a hard decision. Wish they could tell us!


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