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Q: What can i do for my female 9 yr.old border collie with a torn ACL?

May 23, 2008 | By Margene W. | 5 answers | Expired: 2365 days ago

What can i do for my female 9 yr.old border collie with a torn ACL?

Banjo has been limping around for a week and holds up her rear left leg.She will stand on it but when she wants to run or walk alot she draws it up.After x-rays at the vet i learned she has a torn ACL (anterior cruchate ligament)with some arthritis in the left knee.The Dr.recommends surgery,putting her on anti-inflammatories-Metacam,and Tramadol.If i don't have surgery what will happen to her?and will walking her or taking her swimming help or make it worse?

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sharon d.
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May 24, 2008

Hi,there are so many factors here,that it's really hard to say.It depends on the severity/length of the tear,how many pounds your dog weighs,and if your dog is considered a very active dog.
Most times restrictions will be placed on the dog. Rest is required for so many weeks,along with short walks a few times a day on a leash.Swimming can also aid in good physical therapy for the dog as some sort of physical therapy is crucial if you don't get the surgery. often times the Vet's will place the dog on Anti-inflammatories and pain medication.How much pain and swelling does your dog seem to be suffering? And you also have to watch that him favoring that leg doesn't eventually cause problems with his other knee,because sometimes,that does happen.If a dog's activities aren't restricted,it's very hard for these kinds of tears to heal,and sometimes even then,they don't.

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Jill R.
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May 24, 2008

surgery would be best for the repair, this is a similar problem that happens in human athletes. the ligament that helps support her knee is ripped, so she won't have full movement of her leg.
Fortunately, surgical repair of this situation is possible. Talk more with your vet about your concerns.

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Lorri H.
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May 24, 2008

Two of my friends have had to do ACL surgery on their dogs. Both were just as concerned as you in the beginning, but after talking thoroughly with their vet, they know surgery was the only option. One of the vet's did not do this type of surgery and had to recommend a vet that did. It was a slow recovery for both of them, but now they are much happier and have very little signs of pain. Please do speak with your vet again about the benefits. Thank you for being a loving pet owner!

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