Well, out pup is back from the vet. He had a complete examination of this knees and hips, which included a series of x-rays. We're being referred to an orthopedic puppy surgeon in Anchorage, but it appears as though Dawson has Cruciate Ligament Damage (CLD). He indeed destroyed one of the ligaments that holds his Femur and Tibia together. Thankfully after the initial injury there isn't much pain. It will, however, require surgery in the coming weeks, but we don't know quite when yet. Our vet said that Dawson may be prone to such an injury because of his genetics, but what I found online disputes this claim, saying that such an injury just happens in labs because they're so high energy. The vet said that we should have both knees worked on, but I'm not sure I agree, at least from what I've read online. Sometimes dogs just blow out their knees. If you're interested in additional information here are a few good links: http://www.vetstoria.co.uk/templates/cruciate_ligament_rupture_in_dogs_symptoms_and_diagnosis-8-391-familypet.html and http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/ccl-injuries.html.
I'm thankful that Brian and I will be able to financially deal with this injury. (I suspect that some of you are thinking that he's just a dog, but he's our dog to take care of, so we're going to...at least as much as we can.) Dawson is only 11 months old and has such wonderful, kind personality. It would be very sad if he wasn't able to have many, many adventures with us. He's also Mattie's best friend. We're going to get him fixed up. Looks like this is going to require a trip to Anchorage in the coming weeks.
Wish us luck!