I have a 11 year old rottie and he tore his ligament. Would you suggest surgery at his age?? Or rest and confinment?

Asked by Member 1152245 on Jan 27th 2013 in Behavior & Training
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What does your vet suggest?

At least some pain medication I would hope :x

Obi answered on 1/27/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


My last guy had a cruciate operation at 12. He had almost 4 more years of life. Discuss your options with your vet, & good luck.

Member 904338 answered on 1/28/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


My Bernese blew his ACL and had a TPLO done when he was 4 years old. I got two different practices input and our breeder's before proceeding. use of a custom brace was not suggested - even on the blogs I researched at that time. Maybe custom orthopedic braces weren't available, effective or "known"? In the last year or so braces appear to be more main stream.

He is now 9 years old and doing well. The TPLO has a lengthy recovery and returned the quality of his life.

That being stated, if we were faced with an ACL issue today,I would explore all options,especially less invasive. Given his age and lifestyle I would consider using a custom orthopedic brace. Ultimately, any decision would be with our vet's & breeder's input.

Age is a factor however so is lifestyle. At 9, our boy tires more quickly than at 5. Walks are shorter but you know what I don't have the energy I did at 20 either :)
Best wishes - I hope this helps

Davos answered on 1/28/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer