|Barked: Fri Mar 18, '11 6:32am PST |
|If you go though my posts you will see some things I posted about Sam's tear. We are currently healing for 3 months, one week completely naturally. By limiting activity, changing diet, and using supplements, I have taken Sam up to 65-70% normal as of now. When we started, he couldn't put more than 5% of his weight on his foot and steppen on his toes. Now he distributes the weight almost evently among the two feet and steps completely on all pads of the food.
I am not saying that all tears can heal naturally. But if you have a partial tear, you can do it without surgery. the suture surgery us not a very good option for a very big dog. You vet might offer TPLO. this surgery laces metal plated in the bones and reconfigures the bones' position, and removes the plateau between the bones, reducing friction. However, there are a lot of bad things about it. A lot of times dogs will crack the tips of the bones because of the surgery, and arthritis is most likely going to happen with surgery or without. I can suggest waiting 2-3 weeks to see if there is any improvement. 8 weeks is recommended if it is. If in 8 weeks it improves a lot, you can go natural by limiting the activity to almost 0. Right now, make sure there is no acess to stairs, no jumping, and walks must be very very brief, possibly with the use of a sling.
Just know that you have other options. We are living proof. Sam had an almost complete tear and now people on the outside can't even see anything wrong with him. Pawmail me if you want to know anything more! I'd be glad to help! Good luck! Don't be too down...this is NOT the end and you and you pup can be 100% normal again with time.
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