Elly is my 14 y.o. husky mix. He’s had generally good health; I’ve had him since he was a pup. I wanted to do the conservative maintenance, but the more I researched the more I realized that we needed to try the tightrope surgery (I think this is what he got although the surgeon did not call it a name?). He had fully torn his CCL and part of his meniscus. They drilled a hole in his tibia and wrapped a strong fibrous cord through that to a portion of his femur. Again, this was a hard pill to swallow; I did not want to see him in pain or go through the rehab.
The first 3 days were terrible: swollen leg, walking him around with a towel under his belly, frustration, pain, lots of tears on my part. But he wanted to eat, drink and get around!
Day 4 felt like a miracle: he started to put weight on the inflicted leg. I pretty much stopped using the towel at that point.
Day 5 and 6 post-op: again, he showed major improvement.
Now it is day 11: he’s doing two 15 minute or more walks per day, which is great! Still NO stairs, but life is better. Those first days were really stressful and it is good to have family/friend to help: it is so sad to see your animal in such a dire state. But they progress, so hang in there. We’ve got a long way to go but things get more normal each day!
He had the surgery done at the Animal Surgical Clinic in Shoreline, WA on 4/29/11. It was $3000. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions:)