Sorry to hear about your Lab, My name is Scott and I am an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon, I will be very pleased to work with you today and will try my best to answer your question to your satisfaction.
Please tell me ... How long ago did this happen?
2 months ago has seen vet .
Well I have carried out a great many cruciate ligament operations in my time and I am glad to talk things over with you.
This may well be not what you want to hear but for a dog the size of a Labrador there is not really any alternative to surgery.
If the condition is just left the chances are as each few months passes then the joint will get more and more arthritic as time passes until it reaches the point where the dog will unfortunately suffer a poor quality of life and the ant-arthritis meds such as Metacam cease to be effective. Sorry to be so blunt.
However if surgery is carried out then this can largely be prevented ...
That's about the reality of the situation, it is quite clear cut I am afraid ...
Please tell me ... Waht was your vet's advice for your Lab?
what happens if he has opp and only lives another year or doesn't come through opp.
the vet said it was us that had to decide and seeing him the end of the month
thankyou for your help.