As pet owners who consider our pets members of our family, when one of them is in distress, we want to do everything possible to ensure that they are properly taken care of. Rosie, our Rottweiler, was rescued from North Carolina Rottweiler Rescue in May of 2008. When we got her, she couldn’t see due to entropion, and she didn’t have much fur on her because of demadex. After about 6 months of surgeries and lots of trips to the allergist and the ophthalmologist, she was finally out of pain, and we were able to give her a normal life.
However, in January of 2012, she did something that clearly traumatized her. She was wincing in pain, so we immediately rushed her to our vet, and he immediately told us something was wrong with her back right knee. We were ready to rush her to Virginia Tech because they have such a good reputation. However, our vet, who we trust implicitly and who has been treating our dogs for over 20 years, recommended Dr. Chris Dassler because he was an expert in this type of injury. Boy, was he right.
Dr. Dassler was not only professional, but every concern I had about the repercussions of this surgery, he immediately laid to rest. He also made it very clear that many of the issues that arise from the surgery would not be a concern because he used human grade plates. It may sound silly, but Rosie had a very traumatic start to life, and she lived in excruciating pain for her first 8 months. We promised her that we would never let her suffer again, and so Dr. Dassler’s assurances made us feel at ease. We followed his instructions to the letter after bringing her home, and 16 weeks later, she was up and running again.
Unfortunately, 2 weeks later, she ruptured her other knee. Dr. Dassler, being as thorough as he always is during a consult, had warned us that this might happen, and it was just bad luck that they ruptured so closely together. Dr. Dassler got her in right away and performed the surgery on her second knee. She recovered quickly, and by the end of the 16 weeks, she was ready to run. Today, Rosie is a very happy dog. She is able to keep up with her little sister, who is only a year old. She goes on 2-3 walks a day, and she plays in the yard chasing her ball. I have recommended Dr. Dassler to a number of people who have had similar issues, and he has also helped other people I recommended to him who had other orthopedic and/or surgical issues. Every single one of them, and they are very particular people, raved about how thorough Dr. Dassler was and how helpful his staff was.
Tim Bostic & Tony London