02-23-2016, 09:37 AM
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7 Month Old Puppy - ACL Tear
For the last few days my dog has been walking around with a very slight occasionallimp. Oddly enough he doesn't appear to be in any pain, doesn't whine and will run around and play with no issues, just when standing still he kind of holds his paw off the ground (It's his rear right paw).
We took him to the vet thinking it'd be minor and it turns out he might have torn his ACL. More testing is required to verify this but we were told if that's the case, it'd need surgery which is between $1500-4000. From what I've read the $1500 surgery is more of a patch up and could lead to long term issues and any surgery option could lead to complications down the road as well such as arthritis and possibly a permanent limp, and even tearing the other knee.
Regardless of that, the price is simply too much even for financing and if that's the case, if there's no assistance available for it I'm not sure we'd be able to keep him.
My question is that the symptoms are vague from what I've seen. If the dog tore or ruptured his ACL wouldn't he be wincing or whining/crying a lot? Like, he'll play and whatnot and show no issues. It's rare to even see a limp. The most visible sign is he won't always put weight on it when standing still.