Limping in the hind legs. Joint stiffness that is most noticeable when resting after physical activity. Difficulty jumping or rising from the floor. Sitting with one hind leg stuck out to the side.
Can a dog recover from a torn ACL without surgery?
A torn ACL in dogs is one of the most common dog injuries. A torn ACL requires rest, immobilization, and sometimes surgery. It is entirely possible for a dog to recover from an ACL tear without surgery. Many dogs heal through surgery alternatives like orthopedic braces and supplements.
Can a dog live comfortably with a torn ACL?
Sure, it is possible to survive with a torn ACL. Sadly, it may be the only option if you absolutely cannot afford surgery. However, if you can afford surgery, it will dramatically improve your dog’s (or cat’s) quality of life.
How much does it cost to repair a torn ACL in dogs?
The cost can vary from $1100 to upwards of $4500 depending on the surgery type and who is performing the procedure. In the end, the TPLO or TTA are going to be more expensive surgery options than the lateral suture technique but they may be a better option for your dog.
Should I ice my dog’s ACL tear?
First icing the knee 3-4 times per day for 10-15 minutes is helpful. You can make a very effective icepack using 2 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol in a Ziploc freezer bag.
How successful is ACL surgery in dogs?
The success rate of TPLO surgery is extremely high, with as many as 90-95% of dogs returning to near-normal function. Most dogs achieve about 95% of their normal limb function and return to their prior level of activity approximately 10-12 weeks post-TPLO surgery.
Can a dog recover from torn ACL?
Although dogs can recover from a partial CCL tear without surgery, they will likely suffer from bone spurs, pain, and decreased range of motion. Your veterinarian at Animal Care Center will determine the best course of treatment for your dog, and guide you through the recovery process.