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Hello, and thanks for writing in.
Is Dr Dave still sending a response
In a large dog, like a Labrador Retriever, a ruptured cruciate ligament is best repaired with surgery to help stabilize the knee joint.
There are a few main types of surgery for this repair, and the cost can vary quite a bit.
If surgery is not performed, then basically you are treating with time (to let fibrous tissue form around the knee joint to help stabilize it), pain relievers, and joint supplements (glucosamine & chondroitin products).
Without surgery, there is more of a chance of arthritis building up in the damaged joint.
Even at this age?
If not treated, will she be in pain
With surgery, there is a better chance of her regaining better function of the knee.
Yes, even at this age surgery can help.
Thanks. Sounds like we should go ahead.
Yes, she would be in pain (with or without surgery) - but, she would likely be in quite a bit more pain without surgery.
Thanks for your help. Good night.
The pain will get under control quicker if she has surgery, and can regain function of the knee quicker.
You're very welcome - glad I could be here to help out!
You can read more about rupture cruciate ligaments in dogs HERE.