Seeking advice on cruciate ligament tear in a puppy
We took our puppy to the vets on Friday for X-rays due to her limping on the left leg. We had originally raised this issue back in January but the vet told us not to worry, a limp was normal as she is a growing lab and that unless we planned to breed from her, there was no need to look into it. 5months later she has torn her cruciate ligament. She has had no major trauma to explain this . The vet wants to perform surgery but will be seeking advice as he has never done this surgery on a 9month old puppy before and says its very rare.
Has anyone had experience of the operation, especially in such a young dog? We are so concerned about her now spending the rest of her life with arthritis and the other leg going. What will her quality of life be like after?
I'm just looking for advice from pet owners who have gone through it or people with knowledge of whether this op is recommended in a young dog.
Also, is it normal that she's in more pain now than when she went in for the X-rays? She is sore, won't settle, limping more and now has a visible lump on the inside of her knee :(