Do you have to operate?
Many cases will do well when managed conservatively (see below) however in cases with paralysis the prognosis is better with surgery i.e. the dog or cat is more likely to regain walking function and be pain free; is more likely to improve quickly; and is less likely to have recurrences. Cases where pain sensation is absence (i.e. when the toe is pinched hard but the dog or cat is unaware of discomfort) are a surgical emergency and have a poor prognosis for improvement.