One year a ago, my pet slipped out of the driveway unknown to me and got struck by a car. My maid immediately telephoned me at work to share this news. I left work and took her immediately to the vet. He examined her and asked whether we can take an x-ray. He did not see the need. One year passed and my dog developed a cough. It became worse and when I took her to the vet, an x-ray was done and the diagnosis is traumatic diaphragmatic hernia. She is on a diurethic to remove some congestion from the lungs. The coughing has passed. My pets appetite however has been reduced. She is not as lively as witnessed a few days ago. She is still moving around. I am told that in her case, surgery is 50/50. I want the best quality of life for my dog. I love her dearly and wish some expert advice. ANSWER Dear,
The risk, when surgery is performed, is higher 24 before and 1 year after the injury. So in your case I can only say that your vet is right, unfortunately. You should take the risk, because the situation may worsen any moment as happened.