How to Manage a Dog After ACL Surgery

Within a period of one year, my dog had two surgeries: Both surgeries due to complete tears of the ACL, a major ligament of the rear leg. Our ACL injury journey is well documented on this blog, but this is our first “what’s life like” a year or more out from the ACL surgery blog post. If your dog has ever injured his or her anterior cruciate ligament or has experienced a … [Read more...]

The Everything Guide to Dog ACL Injuries

I say this is the everything guide to dog ACL injuries because what you are about to read, see, and links included represent years of actual experience with this issue x2 and a variety of treatment modalities with eventual surgeries. I know all too well about canine knee injuries: In the past two years, my dog has ruptured both ACLs (anterior cruciate ligaments) in his legs. … [Read more...]

Some Dogs are More Prone to ACL Tears Than Others

Is there a genetic and/or familial connection for dogs who tear their ACL? According to veterinary medical research, there are some dogs, breeds, and even a familial component existing with regards to tearing their anterior cruciate ligament.  Indeed, some dogs are more prone to ACL tears than others. I know first hand because: A) My dog has torn his ACL in both legs within … [Read more...]

Dog ACL Injury Saga Continues

The long and winding road and issues of a dog having an ACL injury continue. For those familiar, or for those who are reading this and have a dog who has been diagnosed with an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear, here's our story and what we've blogged thus far: Really good references here: March of 2013: ACL partial tear diagnosis from doing a jump for the ball at the … [Read more...]

The Road from Dog ACL Injury to Recovery: Step by Step

Two weeks after having surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and removal of a damaged meniscus, my dog’s stitches were removed today. Indeed, the road from dog ACL injury to recovery has been a long and interesting journey. In a continuing effort to keep Fidose of Reality readers up to date, our road to date has included: March of 2013: ACL partial tear … [Read more...]

Surgery for Dog ACL Injury: The Saga Continues

Limp. Pop. Stagger. These are three things I really never wish for my dog to experience and in the past few weeks all three have come to fruition. No tail wag here. Ninety days and two weeks have come and gone and Dexter's partial ACL tear has seen its good and bad days. For those unfamiliar, my dog injured his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in March of 2013. We went from … [Read more...]

Ninety Day Update of ACL Conservative Management

Ninety days has come and gone and my dog's partial ACL tear has seen its good and bad days. For those unfamiliar, my dog injured his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in March of 2013. We went from veterinary diagnosis of a partial ACL tear with strained iliopsoas muscle to laser therapy to a custom orthotic stifle brace. And now 90 days of wearing the brace off and on, … [Read more...]