ACL Injuries in dogs are one of the most common orthopedic injuries.
It’s one of those things you can happen, but you never expect it to happen to your dog, especially when your dog only weighs 17 lbs. He doesn’t even weigh. anything, how the woof did he end up tearing his ACL?! And what the woof did we need to do to fix it?
Not sure what the ACL does, how to know if it’s hurt and what are my options? I found this post from Jana at Dawg Business so helpful when I was still trying to figure out what was what. Read it all here: Talk to Me About ACL Injuries
Jana is an advocate of surgery to repair ACLs, but her Jasmine was also a big dog. I’m not going to lie, the idea of a surgery scared the woof out of me. Felix does not do great under anesthesia and I hate putting him under. We consulted a specialist and at their urging, undertook a course of conservative management, an integrated therapy approach to healing with non-surgical intervention. (YAY! No surgery!) While this method can be widely overlooked or dismissed as “doing nothing”, I don’t agree.
Conservative management is hard work, but it has a high rate of success in dogs like Fe.
This Whole Dog Journal article on Conservative Management is a good jumping off point and gives you somethings to discuss with your vet or surgeon when determining if CM is a good fit for your pet. Read it all here: Alternatives to Canine Surgeries
This past year has been an adventure.
An adventure in learning about the canine ligaments, an adventure in conservative management and an adventure in learning to do things differently to keep Fe well. We’ve shared our journey, how we chose conservative management and what we’ve done to help Fe. From dog strollers to supplements to alternate therapies and more, we’ve done all we can to help Felix live the best life he can.
Our Adventures with Our Dog’s Torn ACL
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COMING SOON! We’re not the only ones working to heal a torn canine ACL.
Many of our friends are going through the same thing. Meet the Achey Break ACL Dream Team. (Click on any dog to learn more about their adventures in healing a torn ACL.)