Dog Limping Reasons No One Talks About

One of the most common reasons pet parents take their dog to the veterinarian is to answer the question, “Why is my dog limping?” The fine folks at petMD list some common causes for dog limping, but what about the off-the-beaten bath dog limping reasons no one talks about?Like people, dogs can tear, break, strain, or damage any number of structures of the body and a limp … [Read more...]

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...]

Six Football Injuries That Dogs Can Get

With Super Bowl fever in the air, one of the worst things that can happen to a football player who is headed for the big game is to be sidelined due to injury. Football is one of the most popular sports played by athletes of all ages, and it leads all other sports in the number of injuries sustained.Humans are not alone in their propensity to injury, whether competing in a … [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 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...]

Three Gifts from a Dog Angel

It is often said that things tend to come in threes.  Three musketeers, three amigos, three signs of something. Three gifts from a dog angel, perhaps.Indeed, it is often said by many (and I am a firm believer in this) that those who we love and lose will send us signs from beyond. Some may call that place heaven, the great beyond, eternity, or the great unknown. For me, … [Read more...]