I'm Dr. Karing and I would be glad to help with your question about Nikki-Lola. If she just tore her right cruciate ligament this week, then I believe it is too soon to determine what her quality of life will be long term. She is still in the acute (immediate) stages of the injury which involve the most pain and inflammation. I would restrict her activity and make sure she is on adequate pain control. Usually a NSAID such as Rimadyl and additional opiod-like drugs such as Tramadol are utilized. If there is severe pain, sometimes a Fentanyl patch is an option but that can cause a lot of sedation. In addition, you may consider laser therapy for her right knee (and even other joints that may be arthritic), as this can alleviate inflammation and increase comfort signficantly. I also strongly advise use of Canine Adequan by Novartis: glulcosamine-like injections that have no side effects and work very well for arthritis: please inquire with your veterinarian. http://www.petmd.com/blogs/fullyvetted/2010/march/adequan_cats_dogs-7028
There are also many beneficial nutrional supplements you may consider such as Dasuquin with MSM by Nutramax (oral glucosamine chondroitin supplement), Nordic Naturals Omega Pet (oral omega fatty acid supplement) and Lubrisyn HA by Halstrum (oral hyaluronic acid supplement). There are also several prescription diets for joint health that might be okay for Nikki-Lola depending on her lab results and medical history: ask your vet about Purina JM diet. Please note that weight management is very important for dogs with joint disease of any kind so do make sure to strive for Nikki-Lola to be a healthy weight.
Sometimes you can modify the environment to make it easiery for your dog to navigate. Consider carpet runners for hardwood or linoleum. There are also dog booties to help avoid slipping on slick floors. Ramps are an option for getting off the porch or into the car. Sometimes a harness to help support your dog when posturing to urinate and defecate is helpful too: https://www.neopaws.com/catalog/bottomsupleash-p-1811.html (see this link for booties too).
In short, I would give Nikki-Lola at least 1 month on adeuqate pain control, laser therapy if possible AND Adequan injections to see how she will do. These three will make the most difference in a short time; however, please enlist as many of the other suggestions that I listed here (if practical in her situation) for the best results. I have never euthanized a dog for a cruciate ligament tear or even for bilateral ligament tears BUT many are euthanized for poor quality of life due to severe joint disease affecting two or more limbs at some point. Those dogs are usually on multiple therapies as listed here and maintained comfortably for months or years before they finally succumb. That being said, euthanasia is the kindest gift you can give your pet when they can no longer move about without assistance despite doing everything medically. It's just impossible to make that call days after an acute injury: you need to give a little time.
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