ACL injuries – know your options – this is a great message for anyone whose dog has been diagnosed with a cruciate ligament injury.
In my canine massage and rehab practice, I work with dogs from the acute injury stage through to rehabilitation. Many owners would prefer not to have surgery, for a variety of reasons including concerns about the costs and post-surgery care responsibilities. Low level laser therapy, massage, acupressure, nutrition and weight control, plus other techniques like targeted exercise programs and braces can effectively be used to support dogs with cruciate injuries. In some cases, surgery is definitely required and rehab is important.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
Lately, perhaps because the weather is warm, I’ve encountered a lot of people during our walks asking me about Alex’s brace, and I am more than happy to stop for a couple of minutes and chat with them. Do you know what I found surprising? Every single pet parent that asked me about Alex’s brace told me the same thing, “I thought that the only option for an ACL injury was surgery,” to what I responded, “No, that is not the only option”. By the way, I do not get any monetary compensation from WoundWear Inc., what I like to do is talk about the products I buy for Alex and Bella and give you my poin of view, a consumer’s point of view.
Here are some of the questions I’ve been asked:
What is your dog wearing? Is it a brace? Is she injured? Alex is wearing a brace…
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