So, when it comes to a ruptured cruciate, a surgical repair offers the best chance of a good recovery.
When a dog weighs more than 15kg, conservative management (of rest and medicine) does not tend to offer much success and the dog struggles to stay mobile and can develop quite severe arthritis.
So, yes, if we can perform a surgery this would be best for him.
Privately, this operation does tend to cost several thousand pounds.
You may find if you call around, some vets can offer it a little cheaper e.g. closer to £2,500.
Alternatives would be to:
- See if you are eligible for help from the PDSA, RSPCA or Blue Cross and see if any offer orthopaedic surgeries in your area.
- As registered with the PDSA, call your local branch and ask if any of the vets can perform this surgery. This will depend on which vet is working in your local surgery.
- Ask your vet if a payment plan or payment on credit would be an option
- Consider crowdfunding with e.g. a Go Fund Me page.
In the meantime, it is all about rest and pain management with medicine.
Keeping him slim and providing joint supplements may help too.
Please be aware, many dogs will go on to rupture their other cruciate.