So yes, a dog can live with a torn ACL, particularly if the owner of the dog is able to notice an adaptable limp in their dog in the early stages of injury. It is likely that the ACL tear in your dog will heal through alternative treatments easily performed at home without turning to invasive surgery.
Can a dog be OK 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.
How can I help my dog with a torn ACL?
Conservative treatment options for a canine ACL tear include:
- Physical therapy.
- Chiropractic adjustments.
- Use of a leg brace.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Anti-inflammatory supplements.
How much does it cost for a dog ACL surgery?
The cost can vary from $1100 to upwards of $4500 depending on the surgery type and who is performing the procedure. In the end, the TPLO or TTA are going to be more expensive surgery options than the lateral suture technique but they may be a better option for your dog.
How long can a dog go with a torn ACL?
Some dogs take up to six months to return to their normal level of activity after suffering a CCL rupture. The most essential part of the healing process is restricting your dog’s movement.
How successful is ACL surgery in dogs?
The success rate of TPLO surgery is extremely high, with as many as 90-95% of dogs returning to near-normal function. Most dogs achieve about 95% of their normal limb function and return to their prior level of activity approximately 10-12 weeks post-TPLO surgery.
Can I live with torn ACL?
Living with a torn ACL: Some patients choose to live with a torn ACL. For younger people, it may not be advisable to live a lifetime with this ligament torn. Although in some cases the ACL ligament can scar onto the PCL and act stable, more often instability occurs and it should not be ignored.