I am going through the same exact thing with my dog (large breed). Vet put him on anti-inflammatory and pain killers for 1 week and no long walks, no stairs, no playing for at least two weeks. My vet said that if it is a small enough tear it could heal on its own with the dog laying low key for a few weeks. However, the bigger the tear, if surgery is not done and left to heal on its own, it can lead to major arthritis issues down the road. Price quoted for the surgery was $2000.
As far as my dog goes- He can put pressure on his leg and limps occasionally. His limp is especially bad when he walks around after laying down for a long period of time or after he has had a walk over 15 minutes. Other than that, he is his normal self.
My sister's dog (also large breed) had an ACL surgery done a couple of years ago and she has never been the same afterwards. She never regained her pep/playfulness.
Personally, I am very hesitant about putting my dog through the surgery. This would be his 3rd surgery in 8 months (previous 2 were for cancer tumors) and am very worried about the stress this is putting my dog's body under. He is 6/7 years old but feel all of this is aging him quickly.
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