Alison
user 8662353
Austin, TX
Post #: 49
My 4 year old pup has torn her ACL. We are considering surgery but I also found a great website and have heard from a few other non-dane owners about recovery through minimum of 8 weeks of strict rest (i.e. walk her out to use bathroom, no playing with our lab, etc - general rest that we would have to do with surgery too). I wondered if anyone had tried this as well and had success without surgery. See the following website that is very supportive - http://tiggerpoz.com/...­.

Thanks!
Jessica
user 12597279
New Braunfels, TX
Post #: 24
The bed rest is a myth...surgery is the best option. Just curious, what are they quoting you for the ACL surgery?
Alison
user 8662353
Austin, TX
Post #: 50
$2200 plus follow up X-rays. First set of X-rays were $300 with office visit so roughly just under 3k all in if there are no complications.
Pam R.
user 74281752
Austin, TX
Post #: 1
This is a tough (and expensive decision). I would suggest you get a second opinion. I recommend the Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital. There is one north and one south. I understand that Dr. Kerpsack (kind of the doggie orthopedic specialist) has appointments at both. ACL tear is not one thing and represents a range of severity. I read the article you site and it may well apply to minimal tears; it would not apply to complete tears. I can share my experience. My girl had completely torn the ACL and was no longer able to use the leg. After searching my heart (and pocketbook), I had the surgery done and she had 8 more years of excellent mobility. The surgery was worth it.

Best of luck with your decision.
Catherine Vessey (...
user 18857541
Austin, TX
Post #: 25
Allison, This was discussed on an earlier post. Go to page 7 and find Partial ACL tear.
Jennifer Dundee R.
user 14607982
Austin, TX
Post #: 11
Bed rest wont work if its completely torn only if its partial or evulsed. Especially with a dane because of the weight they bear and they are already predisposed to joint issues later in life.. might as well bite the bullet and go for surgery. The longer you wait the greater chance of her tearing the other ligament due to over use and complications later in life. =( sorry! Good luck
Jennifer Dundee R.
user 14607982
Austin, TX
Post #: 12
Bed rest wont work if its completely torn only if its partial or evulsed. Especially with a dane because of the weight they bear and they are already predisposed to joint issues later in life.. might as well bite the bullet and go for surgery. The longer you wait the greater chance of her tearing the other ligament due to over use and complications later in life. =( sorry! Good luck
Lesley B.
user 80700522
Austin, TX
Post #: 2
My half boxer mix had acl surgery last January! This was after months of trying the same method you saw on the web! I also was excited about none evasive surgery. It turned out to be wasted time & a huge disappointment I just ended up feeling awful that I had let him down & delade his recovery. He is perfectly fine now still takes months to recover after surgery but seeing him improve & become his old self was worth it! His acl was completely torn. Hope this helps in your decision !
Lesley B.
user 80700522
Austin, TX
Post #: 3
My cost was $3200 with Dr Kerpsak
Alison
user 8662353
Austin, TX
Post #: 51
Well - we had surgery! Fingers crossed now. We are a week out and I am worried that she did something to it. Sierra was a little to excited over food and lurched to get to it. Maybe it's my imagination but her progress seems to have regressed and her wound is now weeping (maybe from swelling from doing something). We have an apt Tues to see if we are set back any. Curious from those of you that have had surgery how long it took for your pup to put full weight on the affected leg and if you noticed and bow-leggedness (is that a word?) during and after full recovery. Thanks to all!! Any tips or tricks or things you noticed during recovery would be most helpful.
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