Think twice before making an appointment for ACL surgery for your pet. Often Times the surgery isn’t really necessary and causes more trouble for the pet than what he’d endure without. Even in situations where the veterinarian recommended dog acl surgery, it is best to get a second opinion or, at a minimum, further educate yourself concerning the topic.
ACL surgery is oftentimes recommended when a dog suffers through an ACL tear, though sometimes, a brace is all that is needed to mend your pet back to good health. Not only is using a brace less worrisome than surgery, it is also more affordable and carries less risks. When you’re a pet owner, you want the best for your pet and this could be the best option.
There are a few types of surgery that can be used when there is an ACL tear. Each brings with it risks and potential risks to your pet’s health. Furthermore, dog ACL surgery oftentimes causes more injury than the pet began with, as well as added pain. This is not the outcome that you want after surgery!
It is best to evaluate your best using a brace for a period of time rather than jumping on the surgery option. If there isn’t any progress seen when the brace is used, you may then discuss the option of surgery in-depth with your veterinarian. Of course, during this evaluation period, it is important to use other techniques that will help burse your pet back to good health. Some of the things that you can do include:
· Restrict the dog’s activity so that he is unable to run or jump
· Use a proper fitting ACL brace
· Use OTC pain relief to prevent pain
Remember, while your pet’s veterinarian cares for the health and best interest of your pet, he is still a businessman out to make money and profit. And, as we all know, surgery is never an affordable option, even when you make monthly payments. Do not automatically assume that surgery is the best or the only option for your pet when it may very well be that it isn’t needed at all.