More Options For Canine Cruciate Injury

Dogs in Motion article about More Options For Canine Cruciate Injury by Michelle Monk

What would you do if your dog ruptured their cranial cruciate and couldn’t have surgery?

This is something we deal with every day at Dogs In Motion. Here, we get regular email enquiries and pets coming to see us, with an injured  or ruptured cranial cruciate ligament. And, for a variety of different reasons these patients are not surgical candidates.

In the past, we would try to manage these patients; through veterinary management and rehabilitation including attempts to strengthen and stabilize the knee joint. If you read our page on cranial cruciate ligament problems, you will see that often biomechanics and the disease process are working against us. While conservative management of these patients is not often successful.

However, since working with OrthoPets we have been able to offer custom stifle braces to these patients. As a result, we have stabilize the stifle joint and allow them to live a more normal life. Each individual patient are made a custom OrthoPets stifle brace. This will prevent cranial tibial thrust and rotational instability, making the stifle stable and comfortable.

In addition, therapies will become more effective once a custom stifle brace is fitted. Anti-inflammatories can control pain swelling. It will also eliminates the inflammation due to instability. Strengthening exercises and hydrotherapy can now be effective and muscle can grow, lameness reduces and exercise tolerance increases.

Patients tolerated these devices really well too!

Don’t live nearby to Dogs In Motion? Don’t worry! We can send all the relevant instructions and details to your pet’s vet. This way, they can help you and your pet get a perfect cast impression of the limb. They can fit your pet’s device and guide you through rehabilitation, as well.

About Michelle Monk

I am completely passionate about providing access to rehabilitation for as many dogs and their owners as possible. Not just through my own clinics but also by teaching other health professionals such as Vets, Vet Nurses and Physiotherapists how to provide quality rehabilitation in their clinics.