One morning, we noticed our Bichon Frise was limping. It was her left hind leg. The limp was noticeable and disturbing. She wasn’t whining or anything, but she wasn’t putting weight on it either.
I took her to 2 different vets. Both said it was her ACL and they recommended surgery. It was this site and another site that got me thinking. If the most surgery can do is stabilize the injury until it heals itself, then as long as I restricted her movement to some extent, it should heal itself. She did not seem to be in a great amount of discomfort or pain, other than ‘favoring’ that leg.
SO… We kept her inside. Only letting her out on leash so she could not run and jump. It took about 9 weeks, but her leg has healed COMPLETELY. Movement is no different than the other leg.
Surgery is always a last resort for us.