Torn Cruciate

Hydrotherapy types

Dog Pools for canine hydrotherapy come in many forms

Well, brace yourself, there are so many types of hydrotherapy for dogs available than ever imagined! Everyone has different needs and styles, and while some work for others, some just don’t work at all. The type of hydrotherapy program for your dog will be determined by:

  •  the assessment
  •  the findings
  •  the size of the animal
  •  the equipment available
  •  and what your goals are

For very small animals, there are a number of different hydrotherapy methods which can be used. Some will be more effective than others, and some may not really work at all. The following is a list of what these might entail:

  • sink
  • bathtub
  • whirlpool
  • children’s wading pool
  • beach
  • dam
  • lake
  • river
  • above-ground or in-ground human swimming pools
  • purpose-built dog pools
  • underwater treadmills

For larger animals there is a smaller selection to choose from: Continue reading

Hydrotherapy for Dogs

I can’t help but talk about how hydrotherapy does such amazingly wonderful things for our pets! This has got to be one of the greatest alternative treatments for dogs!

Hydrotherapy for dogs is helping canines with so many different health issues, I am surprised that the industry hasn’t thought of it sooner. I have helped countless dogs in the pool with a variety of different disorders. It is most rewarding helping  and seeing a dog recover fully after doing sessions with you in the pool. What a sense of accomplishment. The trust you build with them and  the connection goes beyond words.

I have dealt with the following:

Hydrotherapy in a pool lets you really connect with the dog. They put their total trust into you when you help them in that environment. Knowing just how vulnerable they are when you take them in the water, and how their whole well-being relies on you, is incredible. Canine hydrotherapy has made a world of difference to so many dogs’ lives and their guardians. I am very dedicated to hydrotherapy for dogs and discuss all the possibilities with it in my ebook, “The Ultimate Rehabilition & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs.” Continue reading

Staph Infection

Staphylococcus aureus is usually harmless but in susceptible patients can cause severe skin infections, pneumonia and toxic shock syndrome. The strain MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), is dangerous because it’s highly resistant to treatment with conventional drugs. This can cause internal infections in vulnerable patients. Abscesses causing fevers, pus and pain can develop.

 The most common way our dogs contract this is through surgery.

Unfortunately, my own dog contracted this scary and dangerous infection after she had acl surgery for one of her knees. The bacteria enters the dog’s body by way of catheters, surgical wounds, feeding tubes or invasive medical procedures. With dog health care being so advanced today, you would think this cannot happen. However, with people and pets, it is a very real possibility. Continue reading

Pre – ACL Surgery

One very beneficial therapeutic treatment we can do for our dog while awaiting surgery is provide a chondroprotective. Polysulfated glycosaminoglycan by injection and an oral glucosamine and chondroitinsulfate is very helpful before surgery but should be stopped 24 hours prior to surgery.

Getting your dog used to a hydrotherapy pool or a hydrotherapy treadmill is highly recommended. By getting them used to it before surgery they will not injure themselves getting aquainted to it after surgery. If there is access to a land based treadmill that is also helpful.

Most dogs have had a rupture of the ligament well before the diagnosis. Most osteoarthritis is already in progress by the time the vet diagnoses it. Any weight-bearing exercise on an unstable stifle will only accelerate the progression of the arthritis. Continue reading

Torn Cruciate Exercises

The importance of certain exercises can not be stressed enough. It is imperative that we do not overdo it. It is so easy to undo what the specialist has just spent hours fixing! The hardship on your pet is not worth it!

The main goal at the early stage after surgery is controlling  swelling and limiting muscle atrophy. Pain control is also important and you may be needing to use some medication that the doctor has provided. Torn cruciate exercises are very gentle and non-taxing on your dog. They primarily involve:  

  • stretching of the limbs
  • slow assisted walking on leash, on level ground.

If your dog is undertaking the conservative approach to their torn cruciate, they need to follow a program similar to one that has just had surgery. It is very important that a dog is not overworked in this recovery stage. In Chapter four of my ebook I get into much detail about the protocol of torn cruciate exercises and what is best for a 100 lb dog or a 10 lb dog. Continue reading

Post ACL Surgery

One of the most important post ACL surgery rehabilitative treatments that people need to be aware of is how crucial it is to confine their dog. As hard as it may be, your dog needs to be confined to an X-pen and not be allowed to jump up or play and run loose in the house.

Your beloved pet will be uncomfortable and not the happiest camper. Some of the things you can do to help them is entertain their mind instead of their body. There are games you can play with them that teaches them to use their muscles in their brains and not their muscles in their bodies.

You can play soft relaxing music to ease their anxiety. Their is all sorts of music designed with dogs in mind. You will need to use a cone on their head if they tend to lick the incision constantly. They hate it, we hate it, it is only temporary and in their best interest. Rubbing Traumeel Gel on their leg will help with healing and any pain. Be careful to avoid the incision area itself.

Your dog will need assistance in going outside to defecate or urinate. A towel sling under their belly will help greatly since they will not be able to squat very well. You will become a very important caregiver to your dog. They will look to you for comfort and company and the bond between you will only grow. Continue reading