ACL tear in dog's knee
Our dog Maggie was just diagnosed with an ACL tear (either partial or complete, they aren't sure) in her hind leg. She is a Border collie mix, about 60 lbs, and 11 years old. She has arthritis/hip dysplasia in her other hind leg.
The vet has her on crate rest and we towel walk her out to the yard a few times a day. Vet says 2-6 weeks on this regimen to see if it heals. If not, we are in for a basic stabilization surgery ($500)at least or the "cadillac" TPLO surgery ($1500).
Just wondering if anyone here has had experience with this. Should I be optimistic about the rest/non weight bearing? Or should we be saving our pennies for the surgery. The vet says the basic stabilization surgery may not be enough since she has another "bad" hind leg also.
Thanks in advance!