Scarface won't be doing this type of thing anytime soon.
We've decided to try the Canine Conservative Management method. And thanks for the encouragement from everyone who weighed in. Surgery may still eventually be his best option for recovering from his ACL injury but we'll try the non-surgical method first.
You can find lots of information about Conservative Management on this blog.
Presently Scarface is on bed rest. Lots of rest. Little movement. Which means no going up to the yurt with us this year. We'll miss him. But he didn't time his injury well. Even if we'd gone the surgical route he wouldn't be going on our trip this week.
Scarface has also recently developed Dry Eye. For that problem he is being treated twice a day with an expensive medication. The good news is it seems to be working. We'll get the official word on the effectiveness of his medications effect at his next appointment but he is no longer rubbing and scratching at his eye.
He is also taking Rimadyl (an anti-inflammatory) which is recommended for his knee injury and he's been on glucosamine since we took him in over a year ago.
We should know in another month or so how he responds to this approach. Then we can opt for surgery if we don't see the expected improvement.
He's enjoying some sunshine on the deck today:
And holding up that back leg...