Three months ago in February, my Scottie Terrier, Sophie, tore her CCL. She is 22.5 lbs and 7 years old. She had x-rays and saw two different vets, one being an orthopedic who recommend the band surgery. He manipulated it and said it was completely torn (not sure if he can really tell?) Anyway, I made the mistake of not restricting her from activity (I also live in a 3-story) and 3 months later, I decided it was not any better and then I went and consulted with another orthopedic (he recommended a TTA). After scheduling her surgery, I continued to be very scared and nervous to say the least about her having surgery. So I cancelled it after much reading and research. I’m still not sure if I made the right decision.
So it’s been a week now and I have started restricting her, with limited walking, and no running, jumping, or stairs. I am still trying to find out if I should do water therapy with her (wading and swimming) and the proper way to do it with her. I made her wade in the water yesterday and then I felt awful because it was hurting her the rest of the day and she started hopping back around. I would appreciate any suggestions out there and have I made the right decision in not doing surgery? Will my baby heal? Thanks so much.