HELP!! ACL tear..

by Judy
(Nanaimo BC Canada)

Angel..2 yr 3 months

Angel..2 yr 3 months

Angel..2 yr 3 months

Hi all..I am reaching out to other owners for some help..My 2.5 yr old female just got diagnosed with ACL tear in both her knees.

I was hoping for some feedback on the surgery and the success rate. Any feedback would be appreciated and hoping to hear the pros and cons..HELP I feel so torn on what to do.

She already shows signs of hips disease also..

Oh no Judy, I’m soooo sorry to hear this! The plus is that Angel is lucky enough to have you for her momma and she’ll get the best possible care so that she can get better and live her life fully.

If anyone has any advice or info. that will help Judy PLEASE share it here. This isn’t a situation that I have personal experience with so any input is going to be much appreciated all around ~ Sue

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Jun 20, 2013

by: Dawn Struble

Our Titan was 8 when this happened, we fixed it. I can’t imagine 2 at the same time. We followed all instructions for the next 6 weeks. We knew everything he did and no walking or activity. Very hard but way worth it, they said the other may
go but he lived 2 years more, glad I did it. One of the first things he did was dive off the deck like normal, we just shook our heads. Hope you have a great Vet, good luck

Jun 11, 2013

by: Martha

Hi, I just wanted to add that there’s a thread on this site that I started when my dog tore her first knee – it was titled “young rottie with torn acl (or maybe it said ccl?)” if you’d like to read more about our experience.

Jun 11, 2013

by: Martha

Hi, My female rottie Zoe tore one CCL when she was 1. She did have surgery – a TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement). The other common surgery for this is a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy). My orthopedic vet is very conservative recovering his patients, and recovery was long and slow. She did have a complication (an opening along her wound), but she went back to the vet for a couple of weeks of boarding, IV antibiotics, and crate rest, and she eventually recovered fully. I’ll admit that during the early phases of recovery when she was struggling with her e-collar and had to have a sling support under her tummy to walk that I wasn’t sure if I made the right decision, it was hard to see her recovering. However – a few months later she was doing great. There’s a high probability of dogs tearing the 2nd knee within a year, and sure enough, about a year later she tore her 2nd knee. I went to the same surgeon, she healed beautifully, and now is completely recovered. We go to the dog park, and she runs with all ths other dogs. Her gait is a bit different, looks a little stiff, but she doesn’t seem to be in any pain. I’m now very glad I had the surgery. The first side was about $3700.00 all together with her hospitalization and 2 opinions – the 2nd side was about $2500.00. Does your vet plan to operate on both legs at once? I know with small dogs they can sometimes do surgery where they re-position the ligament, or sometimes not operate, but I think with larger dogs like rotts surgery is usually recommended. Good luck with your girl, keep us posted!

Jun 10, 2013

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by: Debbie

So sorry to hear about your baby… Our rottie flora tore her acl when she was only five months old!!! We chose conservative care for her and after 5-6 months of total rest she healed …. Be patient and read max tiggerpoz website… So informative.. Good luck. Debbie

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