Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southeast PA, USA
Everyone here has given good advice. Just wanted to add a few things (not sure if they've been mentioned, I just skimmed).
It can be tough to keep a dog calm, and if she is nuts, I would definitely look into ace for the short term. I would also invest in a couple puzzle toys for her to keep her mind busy when her body can't be. I promise you, it helps, A LOT.
Regardless of whether you are going to go the surgery route or not, I would recommend looking into hydrotherapy (specifically and under water treadmill. Swimming is of little help as dogs can easily swim with three legs) and possibly laser therapy. The laser is not as important, but if you can afford it, it helps greatly with healing time and pain management. Once your vet clears her for hydro, if you can afford it, it will reduce her recovery time by a significant amount as well as help get some of that excess energy out of her. It's a great way to get her leg working again safely as it is low impact and is much lower risk as far as causing more problems (tearing her other cruciate for example) than any on land exercise. It also is just great for a dog in general, increasing muscle tone all over, helping with any arthritis she might have in other parts of her body due to old age.
Best of luck and wishes for a speedy recovery being sent your way. Please keep us updated on her progress!
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