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Dog ACL Surgery The Second Time Around

Snap. Crackle. Pop. The familiar sound I like hearing in my cereal bowl but not emitting from my dog’s leg. If you follow Fidose of Reality, you might recall that our PR (Puppy Relations) Manager, Dexter, tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in 2013. We tried everything from the conservative management perspective including rest, ice, heat, cold laser therapy, customized … [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...]

Dog ACL Surgery Six Weeks Later

It’s been six weeks since our Puppy Relations (PR) Manager, Dexter, underwent an extracapsular surgical repair of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). During the operation, his very skilled surgeon repaired a completely torn ligament and removed the “shock absorber” portion of the knee, also called the meniscus.  Indeed, Dexter's ACL surgery six weeks later gives us pause to … [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...]

What to Do When Your Dog is Having Surgery

On Wednesday, August 14, our Puppy Relations (PR) Manager, Dexter, is having surgery under anesthesia to repair a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and removal of a damaged meniscus: the shock absorber portion of the affected area. As such, we are dedicating this post to the skilled hands of the surgeon, the caring vet techs who will monitor him, and the love of his family … [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...]

How a Stifle Brace Saved My Dog from ACL Surgery

My dog has a partial tear of his ACL/CCL (ligament) in the left rear leg. I've been blogging about this for a number of weeks, and he's had an issue for about 6 weeks. We've tried rest, homeopathic meds, cold laser therapy, and now we are onto the custom orthotic better known as the knee brace. I don't want my dog to have ACL surgery if at all possible. To recap, our we went … [Read more...]