canine cruciate

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

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