Can a dog live comfortably with a torn ACL?
Sure, it is possible to survive with a torn ACL. Sadly, it may be the only option if you absolutely cannot afford surgery. However, if you can afford surgery, it will dramatically improve your dog’s (or cat’s) quality of life.
Do dogs survive ACL surgery?
A torn ACL in dogs is one of the most common dog injuries. A torn ACL requires rest, immobilization, and sometimes surgery. It is entirely possible for a dog to recover from an ACL tear without surgery. Many dogs heal through surgery alternatives like orthopedic braces and supplements.
Do most dogs recover from ACL surgery?
At our animal hospital, most dogs can return home the same day. Total recovery period is about 12 to 16 weeks. Here’s how to help your dog heal after TPLO surgery. Limit physical activity for the first two weeks: Your pooch will have sutures during this time, so limit outdoor activities to potty breaks.
How long can a dog wait for ACL surgery?
The sooner surgery is performed after injury the better. Waiting only allows the progression of arthritis. I have seen owners wait six months after the injury before requesting surgery. Many dogs have recovered uneventfully.
What can I expect after my dog’s ACL surgery?
Avoid the Dog Park, aggressive play and strenuous exercise until 4 months post-surgery. Continue physiotherapy exercises and gradually increase activity until full function of the knee returns and your dog appears normal. We expect your dog to be back to normal function by 4-5 months following surgery.
Can a dog tear the same ACL twice?
Yes, statistics tell us that 40-60% of the dogs that rupture one cranial cruciate ligament will eventually rupture the other one as well. This is likely multifactorial and caused in part by obesity, genetics and continued wear and tear on the ligament over time.