My dog has a partially torn ACL. The injury is due to impact. She is at a healthy weight (55 lbs) and very muscular (Australian Shepherd/pit bull mix). Our regular vet (great vet!) referred us to a specialist. We met with the specialist today and she does not recommend surgery for our dog since she is 10 yrs old and in great athletic shape. Another reason why surgery is not the first option is that Casey is hyper (she thinks she is a puppy in a 10 yr old body) and to keep her down for an extended period of time for recovery is not going to be easy. She says that she can tell that Casey's (our dog) leg muscles are stabalizing her knee well and that with conservative treatment, Casey's torn ACL should heal fine. She said to let Casey stay active since she is in such great physical shape, so that her legs won't atrophy and potentially allow for further injury. This is, of course, opposite from what our regular vet stated; however, both agree that they cannot get Casey's knee to slip due to her muscle mass. Both vets' recommend Fish Oils and Glucosamine/Condroitin supplements. I am fine with all of the above with some hesitation on her activity (oh, the injury is now 2.5 mos old and has not worsened nor gotten better). Oh, the vet can feel the healing scar tissue and Casey does NOT have fluid on the knee. The vet also recommends laser therapy and regular leg massage to stimulate healing. What I am not sure about is the Laser Therapy. Is it helpful or will we be wasting money? I have looked online for resources and it seems helpful, but I am not yet convinced either way. Does anyone have experience with Laser Therapy in general or with cruciate ligament injuries? I want Casey to heal, but I don't want to take someone's word on something and later find out that it was more detrimental than helpful to Casey's knee. This dog is VERY active and this knee injury is getting in the way of her play time (she gets antsy very easily).