When my dog got hit by a car, I immediately noticed that he was not able to walk properly. I knew that he had some sort of injury to his leg or his knee, and so I took him to the vet immediately to see what could be done. After taking x-rays, my vet told me that my dog had a torn ligament in his knee, and that it might require surgery in order to make it heal correctly. I got an estimate for the surgery, and I immediately realized that there was no way that I was going to be able to afford it. Because of this, I asked my vet if there were any alternatives to dog knee surgery. To my relief, my vet told me that there were actually a few different alternatives available, but that they were more conservative, and so they might take a little bit more time than if my dog were to have surgery.
Being that I could not afford the surgery but I still wanted to make sure that my dog was able to heal, I inquired about the alternatives. My vet told me that he could order me a knee brace that would help my dog to heal while still being able to move around. The brace would keep him from injuring the knee further. However, he also told me that it would probably take months for him to fully heal. Being that the knee brace was far less expensive than the surgery would have been, I decided to go ahead and give it a try and see if it worked for him. The worst case scenario would be that it did not do the trick and that I would have to shell out the cash for the surgery eventually.
Well, thankfully my dog has now fully healed. I am grateful that my vet offered me this alternative, and I am happy to say that my pooch is doing just fine now. I am glad that we got this all squared away.