When you are a dog owner, you will worry about your pet in the same way you would worry about a family member. You love them the same way, and you want them to get better when they are hurt. That is why people are so quick to listen to anything a vet says when your dog gets hurt very badly. But we think that you should be a little bit more critical about what a vet is saying, because they may have some other motives for the suggestions they are making.
When you understand the way vets think, you will figure out why they are suggesting certain things. For instance, many vets will go straight to the option of surgery if they notice an acl ligament tear in dogs. But why do they do this? Is it because surgery is the only option? In some cases, yes. But there are very many cases where the vet is only saying this because they want to make money from you. They know that surgery plus the add-ons will cost you anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000, depending on where you live and the procedure being performed.
If the surgery is 100 percent necessary, we think it is worth the money. Yes, you are spending a lot, but it is your dog and you will want them to have a long and healthy life. But if there are alternatives, you should learn about them. For instance, many dog owners have told us about how they went for a high quality dog brace on their dog’s leg, and they worked on rehab and weight loss, instead of going for the surgery. By getting your dog lighter and using the brace on their leg, you can help get it back to full strength. And you ensure the condition does not recur.
Conservative management is something that does work, but you will have to think about it before you commit. For instance, if you have a very large dog, it is harder to get by with this technique, because they will eventually put too much strain on their knee. So, you must think about it carefully. If you have a smaller dog, or you are committed to getting your dog to lose some weight so they are lighter, then you can go ahead and use this technique. You will use the brace, you will manage the dog’s weight, and you will get them the physical therapy they need.
And if you do things right, there is a very good chance your dog will be fine with this management of the condition. You do not need surgery in every instance. Yes, if money is no object, it is probably the way to go. But if you are struggling financially, spending something close to $10,000 on surgery is not a decision you will take lightly. That is why we think that going with the conservative management option is what can help in a big way. It will get you the result you want.