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Hi! Yes, my last dog had 2 torn ACL's. I probably would have opted for surgery if he was a generally healthy dog other than the ACL's, but unfortunately, he was not and was not healthy enough to withstand surgery.
With that said though, we were able to manage it quite well actually, so surgery isn't always a necessity. We gave Dasuquin, which is a glucosamine supplement, along with tramadol as a pain medication (please be careful with other drugs such as an NSAID- an NSAID is the reason my dog was in poor health and tramadol is NOT an NSAID), and we also restricted his activity after each one first tore, then slowly increased his activity after a couple of weeks. We also took him to physical therapy which consisted of underwater treadmill walking. I will say that the physical therapy was the most helpful and it was really fun for him, and if you have it in your area, I would HIGHLY suggest it and I think really contributed to his great improvement!
When we did all of this together, you wouldn't have been able to tell my dog had 2 torn ACL's...his mobility was really great and he was generally pain free! My dog ended up passing away from liver failure though (due to the NSAID), and our vet said we were able to manage his ACL's so well that his hip and knee issues wouldn't ever be a problem in his lifetime.
Oh and since the vet is closed right now, my suggestion would be to ice for a couple days to reduce swelling, then you can do heat.
Let me know if you have any other questions..and I am also sorry your doggy is going through this. I will always remember how much pain it caused me to see him in so much pain, and so I can really relate to what you are going through. Hang in there and know that she will get better!