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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...]

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...]

A Non-Surgical Approach to My Dog’s ACL Tear: Brace Time

Having a dog with a leg injury is no fun. The limited mobility, wishing they could tell you "where it hurts", and not allowing them to engage in activities that could worsen their pain (running, jumping, etc), are all factors in any sort of limb or muscle boo boo. My dog partially tore his anterior cruciate ligament  (ACL) in his left knee and we are taking the conservative … [Read more...]