Chloe is the first dog I ever had. So loving, cuddly, smart. She will be 8 in April. Chloe started limping about a week ago after a run in the park. There was snow there. She limped on and off and was worse last Friday. I talked to the vet and he said if she is putting weight on her leg it is probably a strain. He prescribed Remadyl for inflamation. Weekend went good. Monday I got home from work and husband took the dogs out front. Chloe was running - not hard or fast and all of a sudden let out this BIG YELP. Won't put her leg down. No weight at all. Not crying or whining...groaning. Called the vet and brought her in. Chloe tore a legiment. Here's our dilema. She is heavy, on a diet prescription dog food. But she is a bigger dog. (75lbs). She can barely get up with one leg due to her weight. Doctor said if we let it go, it may heal, but more than likely arthritis will set in. And due to her weight she will favor that leg and the other will go out. He can do surgery, he's done thousands...to the tune of 1400 - 1600 dollars. Then still, with her weight we chance the other leg being injured during recovery. And, arthritis may set in regardless. I am sure you all know from my posts that Chloe is my baby girl. She is just the most perfect dog you could ever ask for. I don't know what to do. We don't have $1400. And if we found a way to do this, how long? I watched a neighbor keep their giant Chocolate Lab to the point he couldn't get in and out of the house (hip issues/arthritis). I swore I would NEVER let that happen to Chloe. husband had to carry her out to the yard. We have a big deck off the kitchen, but there are two steps to the yard. She can't get down. We thought of putting a peice of plywood up but she is afraid. I have a bale of hay and thought of putting some on the deck, she won't go there. She knows she goes off the deck. She is taking pain pills, and when I left for work husband was lying in the living room with her because she can't get up. He was crying. He said, "if only I didn't take her out front"...It isn't his fault. The vet believes that it was injured a week or so ago, and just tore today. What do I do? She isn't sick. She has such beautiful eyes. As I was sitting by her she reached her paw up and placed it on my leg. If we do this, how long? If we don't, will we regret it? OMG. I just don't know what to do.