Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: york township, mi
yes, you should take him to an ortho specialist. there are several different operations that repair acl tears but, because you describe your boy as "very large", the best and most long lasting one for him would be a TPLO, which is typically only done by a specialist. i recently learned this first hand when my boy tore his playing ball. depending on his age (as in how many more years will he live with this condition), you should definitely have the injury evaluated because, as i understand it, this type of injury predisposes them to early onset of osteoarthritis at the location of the injury and then you have a double whammy. where are you located (in general), is there a veterinary teaching hospital near you?
the TPLO is not inexpensive, tho might be a bit less expensive at a vet college, but it is the most effective and most long lasting treatment for this injury.
good luck, welcome to the board. there is a huge amount of knowledge here, and others may have more or differing input, this is just what my personal experience has been recently. if you have any more questions that this response doesn't answer ask away!
let us know how things turn out...
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