My 5 year old Pomapoo Foxy partially tore her left ACL 6 months ago. I cannot bear the thought of putting her through a painful surgery when her symptoms were never debilitating. She started with a limp upon arising. After she would walk for a few minutes then the limp would go away and she would walk normally.
Other symptoms I would notice were a slight hop when galloping and she would wave her leg around while sniffing and leaning forward. My husband and I decided to try conservative management even though 2 vets recommended surgery. We quickly realized that she is far to active to totally restrict her outbursts of playing, so we ordered a knee brace from mutt knee brace about 3 months ago.
She is doing well with the brace, most of her unstable symptoms improved. The only thing I still notice is toe touching for the first few seconds upon waking. She will stand up and dangle her leg until she stretches. While I’m happy with her progress, I’m scared because this shows that there is still an injury.
I know for a fact if she was a calmer dog she would be healed by now. I have got her weight down 3 lbs and she still has another pound or so to go. I also give her ENP glucosamine plus for dogs. I still don’t want to put her through surgery, in which the risks outweigh the extent of her problem, but I want my dog back to her old self.
Also, if we are failing to keep her totally calm now, how will we do it for surgery recovery? There seems to be no good option. I want to start taking her places again and not be worried about her knee all the time. My dog is my baby, I just want to do the right thing for her. Does anyone have suggestions for better supplements or a natural anti inflammatory or anything I can further do holistically?