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Old 02-23-2016, 09:37 AM
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7 Month Old Puppy - ACL Tear

Hey everyone,

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.
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Old 04-15-2016, 03:44 PM
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Sorry to hear about your puppy! I am in a similar situation. My dog just ruptured his ACL. They had to take a sedated xray in order to fully know if it was ruptured. Luckily for me I have insurance and don't have to worry about a huge bill. What did you end up doing? How is the puppy? I'm trying to decide if surgery is the right option and if I decided to go that route, which procedure I should opt for. Any feedback from your experience would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Ligaments are difficult, they are painful if partially torn but can be painless if totally torn. The limp would be coming from the resulting instability. In a young dog I'd be worried about the function of the leg during growth and intense exercise. I've met an old arthritic dog with an ACL tear but it was manageable due to the type and extent of tear and the activity level of the dog.

Your vet is your best bet for information, if you're not comfortable with the diagnosis and treatment options given to you, you could seek a second qualified opinion.
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