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Hello, My name is XXXXX XXXXX I have been a veterinary nurse for 26 years.Thank you for allowing me to assist you today.I am sorry to hear is having some trouble Unlike large breed dogs smaller breeds( under 50lbs) can often heal without surgery so there are other things you can try rather then opting to euthanize. Most dogs under 30lbs will be fully recovered in 6 months.Medical treatment options including resting, swim therapy and a supportive brace along with anti inflammatory medicationsYou can read more about treatment options here. LinkDepending on how tall he is you could try filling the bath tub with water and swim him in there 3-4 times per week for 5 minutes increasing by 5 min each week.If he is to tall for the tub then I would ask your vet where a therapy clinic may be in your area.I would also look into getting a brace and there are several places you can do this. The links below will give you some optionsLink 1Link 2Link 3Other then the swimming you want to avoid any strenuous exercise , jumping on or off of furniture or long walks for at least 6-8 weeks and then you want to start with short 5-10 minutes walks. For now other then going out to potty and should be rested even if this requires using a crate to keep him still.I hope this helps give you some hope. Please reply back if you have additional questions and I will be happy to help.Candy
I was under the impression that I would have a vetinary for answers?
in a earlier article they said nothing would help a acl tear except surgery and you said 6 months of rest and small breed could heal?
1. I’m a huge fan of joint supplements such as Dasaquin or Cosequin which are veterinary products specifically formulated for dogs. Quality control is a big problem with these products since what’s on the label is not necessarily what’s in the bottle which is why I mentioned specific brands. These are available on the internet. 2. Also, fish oil supplements can be helpful since they have anti-inflammatory properties. Welactin and 3V Derm Caps are good veterinary products and are also available on the internet. It takes several weeks for these products to build up in the system, so you might not see immediate results. But once started, these supplements should be continued for them to be effective; you wouldn't stop and start them, in other words, like you would drugs...but you may already know this.
3. Another option would be Zeel which is a combination homeopathic that can be used in conjunction with other NSAID medications and has a very low incidence of adverse effects (LINK) Dose would be one tablet two to three times a day....I'd go with three times a day for the first 2 weeks, then drop back to twice a day for maintenance. 4. Alternative therapies such as hydrotherapy, laser therapy, massage therapy and even acupuncture have been shown to be very useful for joint problems.
I would definitely continue pain medication in addition to anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Metacam, Rimadyl, Previcox or Deramaxx). I like Tramadol for pain control and it's also very inexpensive but every vet has their own preference.
The specific answer to your question is that I wouldn't even consider euthanasia at this point. I would try medical management and physical therapy and give him some time to show improvement.
I hope this helps. Deb
I just wanted to thank you for the rating; it's greatly appreciated. I also wanted to wish you the best with Max.
Kindly ignore the request for additional information. Regards, Deb