Hi Everyone- I'm new here.
My almost 9 year old Poodle/Bichon mix tore his ACL on Saturday. He is a very active 17 lb boy. I believe the vet said it's a complete tear and suggested surgery but also made it sound like surgery wasn't an emergency to do right now.
I love my Jordy but we spent over $6000 2 years ago for eye surgery. He had a detached retina and has a prosthetic eye now. He recovered great. I just don't really have the money to put into a surgery right now. He's on anti inflammatories and pain medicine but even before the meds, the vet was able to touch it without him crying.
I'm very conflicted about surgery because he is very active and has already snuck past us to run down the stairs or off the couch when he's on a tight watch. The vet said that with the surgery, if they move wrong within the 1st month or so, it can move the implant and render the surgery a failure. Apparently, the fail rate is higher than I'd like.
I wanted to try conservative medicine i.e. hydrotherapy, maybe a leg brace, and potentially laser therapy. (He had no arthritis on his x-ray). We have also started him on a form of glucosamine.
I understand the risk is there for the other leg to tear because he is putting more pressure on it now (although he is starting to test putting pressure on the bad leg - 6 days after injury) and arthritis is an issue.
I guess I'm just looking for people with similar stories who have done either the surgery or tried conservative methods on their own.
Also, any advice for him having diarrhea the past 2 days? Could it be that the medicine is affecting him 5 days in? He also had a very bad reaction to the anesthesia used for his x-ray.
Any comments are appreciated. Sorry for the long story.