Our dog, Magnus the Bear, has been a Petplan dog since 2010 when he was 1 years old. He is a St. Bernard, Chow and German Shepherd mix. At 6 years old and weighing in at 124 lbs, he continues to be a giant puppy at heart. He is a great big fluffy buddy with extreme personalities: He's a goofy lazy companion who loves to cuddle and sleep on the couch and he's also a hyperactive and excited giant outside the home. Once he's out the door, he loves going for walks, running around like a racehorse and rough housing with other energetic pups in the yard or in a dog park. Let's just say he's a couch potato who is full of life and loves life!
There was a time when he could not really enjoy the outdoors like he normally would. At 4 1/2 years old in August of 2013, my husband and I took him to a nearby park to run around and enjoy being his usual self. He raced around with another buddy, doing circles around a tree and running back and forth. He felt free and was loving it! When we called him back, he rushed back to us quickly. However, this run was cut short as he let out a loud yelp and whine. He stopped running, sat down, and would not move. He was badly hurt that he allowed my husband to carry him into the car. The next day we took him to the Vet and it was confirmed: He had torn his right back leg's Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). While waiting for his surgery date, he stayed home without much movement and needed a lot of tender, loving care. Magnus could not go outside without our help: My husband had to carry him in the beginning for a few days. He was eventually able to limp short distances on three legs with an aid of a wrap around his waist but his happy expressions and wagging tail were gone. We were sad to see him in such pain and looked forward to his surgery.
The surgery that was recommended to repair his torn ACL is called a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery. We also discovered after x-rays were completed that his back left leg's ACL was on the verge of rupturing and the Vet Surgeon recommended a second surgery for his left leg to be completed in the near future. He informed us that his left leg's ACL will eventually tear if surgery was not performed. We understood that the cost for both surgeries will be high and we were so relieved to have Petplan as his insurance to cover these types of injuries. When we first signed up for this insurance we had no idea he was going to have this accident years lat