Has anyone had a rottweiler or any dog with a torn ACL? The ACL is a tendon in the knee. My rottweiler, Shiloh, couldn't walk easily and was crying out when she got up and down. I took her into the vet and after examining her and getting xrays they diagnosed her with a torn ACL. They can't do the operation to repair it so they have sent us to a specialist. $3000 atleast to repair it. I don't have that kind of money to spend on anything! The question I have is that the vet put her on Rimadyl. He said he has seen many dogs live happily on the Rimadyl for several years. But the med will cost me right at $200 a month. I'm not sure what to do. Shiloh is only 4 years old. Very sweet and protective. My dh works outta town for 3 weeks a month. Shiloh protects us and makes it easier for me to sleep at nite. She is responding very well to the Rimadyl. She follows me from room to room all day. Before the med she would try to follow me and get nervous when I was outta her site. She has to be able to see me at all times. I really love her and want to do the best thing for her but I wanted to know if anyone has ever dealt with this before. Has anyone tried the Rimadyl long term and if so did they have good results? Has anyone ever done the $3000 surgery? Is the recovering long and hard on the dog? I know that she has to drop some weight very quickly. The vet already told me if she lost some weight she would be able to recover easier. I'm at a loss! Please....if anyone has ever gone through this please help me!