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.

It is therefore that non-weight-bearing exercises are the best choice for the dog. Of course one of the best is swimming in a hydrotherapy pool. Pre-acl surgery exercise should if at all possible incorporate hydrotherapy sessions. It is a pain free form of exercise that will help build the muscles and keep the joints all limber and moving. In fact the benefits to this form of exercise are endless.Download the Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

It is good to establish a baseline data for the canine who has a torn cruciate. By doing so a suitable rehabilitation program can be laid out for the dog. The limbs can be measured for an indicator of muscle mass on both limbs. This will also help determine the degree of lameness on the affected limb. In my ebook in Chapter four I explain all the necessary steps  for a  successful outcome to pre- acl surgery as well as post- acl surgery. It is very imperitive to follow a program and be diligent in the rehabilitation for the most optimum outcome for your pet.

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2 Responses to Pre – ACL Surgery

  • Susan says:

    My shepherd injured her cruciate and I was wondering which treatment you would do with your dog. Is the treadmill better or the pool?

  • helga says:

    Susan, every dog’s situation is different. For some the pool is far better and for others the water treadmill is the way to go. If you have the choice of both worlds, make sure the attendant is qualified and experienced in handling dogs with cruciate injuries and knowledgeable in rehabilitation. All the best to you!

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