My dog, Zeus, is Pit/Lab mix, 8 1/2 yrs old, 70 lbs. Last November he tore his left rear cruciate ligament. I didn't have it repaired because of the long recovery period, I thought it would be too stressful for him. Plus, he was getting by very well with his leg and is a happy dog. He is not crate trained. Oh, he is spoiled and very sensitive and I am the only one in the household.
The first week of June he tore his right cruciate ligament. He is scheduled to have surgery this Thursday on the right leg, Extracapsular imbrication technique. I am still concerned about doing it for the above stated reasons. I understand the surgery is supposed to give him better use of his leg and ease the pain but he is getting around pretty good. He puts weight on the right leg but you can tell he is in pain when he sits down, very slowly. I have been giving him Rimadyl and that seems to help. He is not a real active dog, we go for short walks 1 to 2 times a day and he seems very happy.
My question is this, what happens if he doesn't have the surgery? I would rather do conservative treatment.
I have talked to the Vet/Surgeon about this but of coarse he recommends surgery.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.