Join Date: May 2000
Location: Old Lyme, CT USA
yep,,I wouldn't hesitate to do surgery on a 10 yr old dog if he's otherwise in pretty good health.
And yes, been there done that,,tears/ripping acls do not show up on an xray, you'd need an MRI for a definite diagnosis, which is VERY expensive, probably cheaper to just open them up.
For the OP, I would Seek out a board certified surgeon and go from there..IF it's a complete tear, it will not heal on it's own, if it's a partial, it can be managed but if its serious enough to affect his daily life than I would opt for surgery.
THO, they 'can' blow the other the leg because of compensation, I've had two, (not acls but OCD, arthritis, bone chips), and neither blew or damaged the other knee because of compensating.
As for the PF's, also been there done that, twice,,Desitin (baby diaper rash creme) is a wonder drug for helping clear them up as well, but dont use it with other ointments your vet has given..Did he give you tacromolis(Sp)? If you want to try desitin, use one in the am, the other in the pm,,
I would not do "both" legs at once if your vet is suggesting that,,LOADS of rehab, I would also seek out a PT for after care..
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