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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.
 

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Have you taken your little friend back to the vet? If so what did you find out?



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He went back to his regular vet who reassured us better than the animal hospital that it is okay to go without the surgery. While it is definitely better to do the surgery, he won't be in pain aside from the inevitable arthritis which we are treating with an anti-inflammatory.

We bought a pool to try and do aqua therapy with him. He went in for the first time today and he hated it. It may have been too cold though. We will try again once we refill it. (Major unlevelling issue). He is also taking a glucosamine supplement.

He is starting to put pressure on the leg but has his moments that he hops on three legs. His vet said it could be a couple months before he puts more pressure on it. He tends to hop after going to the bathroom. I think that's the leg he lifts.
 

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Hi, I have a 13 year old beagle mix who tore his ACL about 5 years ago. I think the vet said it was a partial tear. He weighs about 30 pounds, and from what I've read, that's the cut off for not doing surgery. The heavier the dog, the more likely they will need surgery. We opted to try the conservative approach and used anti inflammatories and supplements. He recovered, but has always been weaker in that leg. It took about 6 months before he wasn't favoring it. Now that he's older, he has arthritis in that leg, and pretty much his whole hind end. He never tore the other ACL, which I was concerned about. Right now, I'm looking into getting cbd oil for him, because his stomach has become sensitive in his old age, and the anti inflammatories don't seem to agree with him. But I think he did OK without the surgery. We did keep an eye on him, and kept him from running or jumping for the 6 months. We also crated him when we were not at home to watch him. Hope this helps! From what I've read the lighter the dog, the more likely they can recover without surgery.
 

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I never even heard that ACL was a problem for dogs until a few months ago. Apparently it's very common and there is a high likelihood that if one tears then the second will too. And it's expensive. I think it's commendable that you did the surgery for his eye. Is there anyone that can help you with the surgery for his leg? Maybe even do a fund raiser like gofundme.

I know it doesn't help with his ACL now, but I'm a big advocate of pet insurance (at least if you get one with excellent reviews...I have healthy paws). A lot of people seem to think that pet insurance isn't worth it. "better to put the money in savings and not throw it away on insurance you might not even need" However that's the point, you never know if you will need it and if you do it can literally be a life saver for your pet.

For your dog, if you do some kind of fund raiser post the link on here and I'll help some. People do fund raisers for all sorts of reasons, and a dog that needs surgery is a good cause.

I hope everything works out for you and your dog. Good luck and give him a kiss for me.
 

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Have a friend with a dog similar to yours, that tore her ACL, probably five years ago. She was in no position to have the surgery done, and her dog has done fairly well, though she tends to re-injure that leg fairly easily, not the ACL, but muscle pulls etc. I think I read that small dogs tend to do better without the surgery than large dogs, and yes I have heard that complete crate rest is vital for recovery from that surgery.
 
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