NTTCR: So worried and sad...:(
I'm a fur mama of a sweet 2 years old black Lab, Zac. DH & I love him as a child (I know it sounds crazy!).
When he was 6 months old, we noticed he was limping. We saw the vet and she couldn't see anything anormal so she prescribed anti-inflammatory and a couple days later everything was fine. At this time, she thought it could be muscular since it happened right after we did some exercices with him. In the last year and a half, it happened again (maybe 4 times) and she checked him again, gave anti-inflammatory and the pain went away the day after.
Two weeks ago, Zac started limping again. This time, even thought we put him to rest, the pain stayed. So today, he had X-rays and the vet just called me back: Cruciate Ligament injury...:'(.... I don't know exactly what it does imply (we meet with the vet at 17h00) but she talked about an operation. I made the mistake to look at the Internet and it totally scared me. Seems like the rate of success for this operation isn't really high with big dog, especially if they can't stay still afterward (Zac is always jumping all over the place...he's still a baby!). And if we don't go with the operation, it says he'll develop osteoarthritis and we'll be in pain (which will probably affect he's lifespan too).
So please, just have a little thought for us that everything will be fine for our furbaby...
And Claire, I know you KNOW so many things about dogs...so if you have anything to say on this, I would really appreciate your opinion on treatments and pronostic.