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Cruciates partial or complete can not be healed with conservative therapy or rehab. It is IMPOSSIBLE to keep the dog/leg completely immobile for the weeks it would take. Dogs need to go to the bathroom with their legs. With every bend the knee makes it continues tearing. I am going through this right now with my husbands labrador. She is not 3. She has a partial tear. The vet said let her be a dog, if she completely ruptures it between now and surgery the repair is the same.
A vet friend rested her dog for 12 weeks, the slowly rehabbed back into work only to have the cruciate tear again and have to do surgery. It won't hold.
Now that being said. TPLO is not the only option for surgery. Just the most expensive. If you dog is a pet, you could probably do a traditional repair for about 1/3 the cost. It is not recommended for large active dogs, but for an older dog who doesn't go mach speeds everywhere, it would most likely be fine. I was only informed about a TPLO when Maxine tore her first knee. By the second (oh and usually if one goes the other does too just be prepared) I knew about options. We thought about the traditional but because she had 1 TPLO we chose to go forward with another. She never limped again through the rest of her life, after rehab. She ran, jumped, played, swam a happy life. She was 100% in my book. A friend had a mixed breed (dane, lab, boxer) who she did the traditional on, she lived to be 15 1/2 years and never limped again.
Do some more research. Quinn's TPLO is scheduled for 10/11. Because she is a HIGH drive dog and does agility and field we are going with this procedure. Our surgeon says she will come back 100% and be able to play again...until her next knee goes and she says it will go.
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