My 10 year old Westie torn her ACL right hind leg while running 6 weeks ago. She was on Rimidryl the 1st 10 days. She has slowly gotten better but doesn't put full weight on her right leg. She seems to do what she wants but she isn't the same. We can't play rough with her toys as her leg will hurt. She runs while in the back yard but probably shouldn't as I can tell she pays the price. And she has loss muscle mass in the right hind leg. Her quality of life had deminished. She's been on Glucosamine/Chondroitin for years as she had successful luxatting petella surgery on the knee of the same leg about 5 years ago. Has any had this type of surgery which was successful on a small dog. I don't want to make her worse by surgery as there is no guarantees for success and surgery will cause arthritis. She's a very healthy and energentic Westie and has a lot of years left we want her to be to do the things she did before.
My Westie had both his ACLs fixed. The first when he was about 7 and then the next when he was about 10. He was so much better after both were fixed. Recuperation was not long. As long as all the blood work comes back ok to do the surgery, I would go with it. Good luck.
Having had a dog who tore both ACLs and having also gone through the surgery myself I would definitely recommend having the repair. It certainly improved the quality of life for both of us. It is a long recovery but not having it done can create more problems. The injured leg is unstable and the uninjured leg is being stressed and can also tear. On the other hand, if the vet feels it is too risky because of her age or previous surgery then you will really have to change her life style. Running with a torn ligament is unwise. As far as the joint becoming arthritic...I would think that it is more likely to happen without the repair as the cartilage breaks down. Just my thoughts on it.
We had a young dog in our rescue tear his cruciate. Had to wait till he was grown to do the surgery. Six weeks of rest, and he was good to go. He is doing well now. Your westie still has a good amount of living to do, so he may as well do it feeling good, not disabled.
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Our Yellow Lab tore her ACL when she was 6. We had our mobile vet look at her and he misdiagnosed her, then when she wasn't getting any better we took her to a different vet and they discovered the problem. We had the surgery. The recovery is pretty long and slow, and you have to keep the dog from doing anything for a few weeks before they can start to use it at all. Then you have to work it slowly to build it back up again. We are glad she had the surgery because she is so much better now. We also have her on glucosamine now too as recommended by her vet.