Dog ACL Injury? 5 Things You Need to Know!

Dog ACL Injury? 4 Things You Need to Know!Caring for a dog with an ACL injury can be a daunting experience!

Specialists chant “Surgery! Surgery!” as your dog limps and your wallet screams in pain.

Make sure you do your research–you may have more options than you originally considered!

 

#1 YOUR DOG MAY NOT NEED SURGERY

If your dog suffers from only a partial cruciate ligament tear, he or she may not need surgery.

You will need to visit a veterinarian to understand the severity of your dog’s ACL injury.

Sometimes limiting activity as the leg heals will resolve an ACL tear.

For partial tears, prolotherapy is often an excellent option in lieu of surgery.

Learn more:

Learn More About Prolotherapy for Partial ACL Tears in Large Mix Breed Dogs

 

#2 YOU MAY HAVE OPTIONS!

If surgery is needed to treat your dog’s ACL injury, you still may have several options to choose from.

Not all vet clinics explain all of the options.

Some types of surgery have more complications than other types of surgery.

Likewise, the complications of some types of surgery much more drastic than the complications of other types of surgery.

You need someone to explain all of the different options and possible outcomes to you, and also tell you how each choice relates to your dog’s particular situation.

Dr. Marc Smith makes a point to explain all of the options and details during every consultation.

Learn more:

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) Surgery for Dogs

Surgical Correction of Cruciate Tear and Patella Luxation in Dog

Dog Cranial Cruciate Surgery

 

#3 PHYSICAL THERAPY AFTER SURGERY MUST!

Physical therapy after surgery is mandatory for your dog to achieve expected range of motion and use of his or her leg.

We teach you to do physical therapy, so that you can perform the exercises at home with your dog.

You start with simple range of motion exercises right after surgery and move on rebuilding exercises later on.

Physical therapy training is a part of our clinic’s surgery package and incurs no additional cost to you.

Learn more:

Post Surgery Rehabilitation for Dogs: Cranial Cruciate Surgery

 

#4 YOUR DOG MAY TEAR THE LIGAMENT IN THE OTHER LEG

Statistics report that 50% of dogs that tear the one cruciate ligament will tear the opposite side sometime in their lifetime.

However, derived from years of in-clinic experience, Dr. Smith estimates the statistic to be actually more like 70%.

There are several options available to prevent your dog from tearing the other ligament.

Learn more:

Prevent Your Dog from Tearing the Good Knee Ligament After Surgery

 

#5  WE CAN HELP YOU!

Dr. Marc Smith has treated hundreds of dogs with ACL injuries.

Many with surgery, some with other options.

If you dog suffers from an ACL injury or cruciate disease, please let us know!

We will work you in quickly for a consultation.

 

 

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