I posted last year about our 9 year-old Bichon who had the equivalent of an injured knee (CCL rupture of the stifle in one of her back legs). Her repair and the subsequent rehab went well, and she had been running around like a pup since Christmas. When we had her surgery, the surgeon said that his exam showed that the other knee will probably go. It happened last night, and she’s completely lame in that leg this morning.
Last time this happened, I had a lot of good advice from the dog owners here, so I’m going to ask again. If you have a small dog that had a CCL rupture, did you have any conservative treatment that worked? (And that’s a small-c conservative, not letting the free market decide.) Note that a lot of the therapies I see involve weight loss, and this dog is at a healthy weight, so that’s covered, at least. And don’t be afraid of the alternative medicine suggestions, I’d like to hear what’s worked because I’m looking to avoid another surgery and 10 weeks of recovery.