Need advice on cruciate ligament rupture

My 9 yr old Rottweiler hurt her cruciate ligament (right back leg) a few weeks ago. Took her to my vet who took xrays and performed tests on the knee. Ligament had completely torn unfortunately. Vet advised strict rest for 4 weeks and prescribed Rimadyl anti-inflammatory.

Yesterday I came home from work to find her not using either of her back legs so I went straight to the emergency vet. The emergency vet said it was highly likely the ligament in the other leg was at least partially ruptured and that surgery was almost certainly warranted in the right leg too.

I've now booked her in for surgery. Just wanted to see if there was any additional advice I could get? Are there any alternatives to more surgery?

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Hi, It is quite common for dogs who have a cruciate ligament rupture in one leg to develop one in the other leg unfortunately.

Surgical stabilization of the knee joint is advocated by most veterinary surgeons when cruciate ligament rupture has occurred in both legs as this will aid recovery. With both legs possibly ruptured I would certainly consider specialist help.

Surgery is also likely to reduce the amount of arthritis that will build up in the future. The other alternative is to continue resting her with anti-inflammatories and rest, although I think this is less ideal because the healing process will probably take a lot longer.

Best of luck with her.
| 08.10.15 @ 13:00
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