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I did the surgery on one dog and he recovered great. Did it on another, and he refused to walk on it or put weight on it, and he blew out the other knee. Vet said based on how he was with the first knee, not to do surgery on the 2nd knee. He did Cortisone injections, and let me know that he would develop arthritis, and need to be on some kind of painkiller/NSAID eventually.

I put him on Glucosamine/MSM/Chondroitin supplements, and he was good for about 2 yrs then needed NSAIDS for his remaining 4 yrs.

CK w/your vet about Cortisone injections, the brace, and then put him on a Glucosamine supplement.
 

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Thanks so much for your suggestions. I contacted my vet about joint enhancers and going to start him on that and still trying to decide on the brace. My vet is against the brace because he thinks it won't help.

One question I have for you is if your dog tore his ACL in his other leg, how did he get around?
He didn't at first. I would carry him out to the yard and hold him up so he could go to the bathroom. After 2 days, I ended up leaving him at the vets for a week for rehab, so they could get him to walk.
 
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