My dog recently became 3 legged lame, so I brought her to the vets for x-rays which suggested she has a partial CCL tear and other arthritic changes. My vet advised that he thinks it is likely this will lead to a complete rupture at some point, at which point it will require surgery- but I am leaning towards conservative management in the meantime and hoping surgery can be avoided altogether.
Has anyone done conservative management successfully and avoided surgery?
As per the vet, I plan on keeping her quiet, as best I can, for the first 2 weeks- just walking out to pee on a leash basically.
Then hopefully incorporating some short, leashed walks for a few more weeks- progressively getting longer.
One of my concerns is that because we're still in the middle of winter, I am worried about walking her on the roads due to the ice/snow we've had this year. I don't want her slipping, and vet advised the 'falling' through snow with each footfall is not ideal.
Would a treadmill work to provide safe and consistent ground for her to be worked on do you think? Or is it likely that the surface may too jarring for her, even at a walk?
My thought is that the treadmill would be a consistent surface to work her on- no holes, no slipping. Obviously I'd be attentive and interacting with her to make sure she is using it safely and not falling off.
This is a normally very hyper, very active dog so I know keeping her quiet will be difficult- so I think structured exercise will probably be necessary for her own sanity...and I hope, if subdued enough, help heal the knee.
Dog currently on Rimadyl, but will be weaning off and giving Golden Paste (turmeric supplement) instead as an anti-inflammatory.
I would love to do hydrotherapy, but don't have a centre nearby.
She is a 5yo 75lb German Shepherd X American Bulldog mix, if this makes any difference for recommendations! Fed Acana, but would be willing to look at other foods or raw if would help with inflammation too.
Just looking for second opinions and also if anyone has any suggestions about managing CCL tears! Thanks in advance