Hi I am facing the decision about whether to have hock fusion (arthrodesis) carried out on my labrador. He has a partially (significantly) torn achilles and although they could possibly try to cage the joint to try to encourage a repair the chance of repair is not great. I don't want to put him through this, together with the associated recovery and restricted activity to probably have it fail again and then have to do the arthrodesis anyway. He's already missed out on so many of his favourite things - he's used to six hour walks on moors and mountains, running in fields and woodlands and generally being a bouncy, happy labrador and at the age of 10 I don't want him to miss out on this for much longer. I am therefore considering going straight to the arthrodesis on the basis that this will get it over and done with and he can then have only one period of recovery and get straight back to life. He also gets really stressed going to the vets so this would take out lots of the backwards and forwards with MRIs, multiple operations, check ups, cage removals, etc. Has anyone out there had hock arthrodesis carried out on their dog and how have they managed afterwards? Have they adapted their gait well enough to get back on with life, as I hope he will? Any feedback welcome!