Can a dogs ligament heal on its own if only partically torn or is surgery the only answer? and what is ALP levels mean in blood work?
Type of Animal: Jones
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 5
rest and no activity, he can limp on leg partially now but could not last week.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!Yes - a ligament can heal - with strict rest and time - often 8-12 weeks.With that said, if you are referring to the knee ligament, the cruciate ligament, most often this is surgically corrected to reduce the pain, discomfort, and risk of worsening arthritis later in life.LKP is a nonspecifc alkaline phosphatase that is elevated from an underlying cause:- Cushings (body's own steroid production, or more likely overproduction)- Benign growth of the liver- Normal / common finding in some dogs as they age.- Rarely cancer alone with just this finding.If you have any follow-up questions - please do not hesitate to ask! Otherwise - please remember to click ACCEPT. If we have exited the chat session, you may click a “Happy Face” followed by “Submit”.Find me any time if needed: http://www.justanswer.com/veterinary/expert-criticalcarevet You can always request me through my profile, bookmark my page for future help, or beginning your question with “For CriticalCareVet”____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Please click the "GREEN ACCEPT" button if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for helping you. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated.This is necessary so that I can get credit for assisting you and compensated for my time.Once you click accept, your question will not close, and you will still have the opportunity to follow-up if needed.Also remember, sometimes the medical information and recommendation may not be what you want to hear, but it is being made in the best interest of your pet - please be courteous in your response, even if this is not exactly what you wanted to hear - we are only making the best and safest possible recommendations for you and your loved ones.Please keep in mind that if you do not list all the important information above (medical history, current medications, previous illness, etc) it is harder for me to give you the most complete information.With this communication - we are here to guide you in making the best decision for your pet. This is for informational purposes only. We are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe medications - rather provide a course of action to speak to your veterinarian about - and any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian as a professional-client relationship has not been established on the site. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet, rather information online, and any treatment provided should only be performed after consulting your veterinarian.
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