Gracie is doing great!!! In fact, for a long time now, we've noticed no limp, no favoring, no signs of anything wrong with her knee. Yet for walks and very active play, we like her to wear her brace. Lately, however, she hasn't wanted to wear it. I took her out for a long walk today which included a little ball playing on wet grass, and she did absolutely fine. Oh, I also noticed in the car the other day that she used her healed leg to pull herself up from the floor of the back seat to her bed (yes, her fancy donut bed takes up the whole back of the car.) It's quite a difference in height, so I was impressed with her strength.
When Gracie does wear her brace, I often have conversations with folks who either had a dog or knows someone who has a dog who underwent surgery. They didn't know there were any options. Well, there are always options!
If you have a healthy, active dog, you may find that injuries are inevitable. One of the most frequently occurring injuries in dogs is a torn cruciate ligament - somewhat similar to the human version - a torn knee ligament called the ACL. In dogs, it's called the CrCL.
For dogs, this kind of injury used to be devastating in that there were few or no options such as surgery or natural healing. Today, however, there is hope for a total recovery. That's our goal with Gracie.
Gracie had a partial tear in her CrCL last summer. We were determined to help her heal naturally using the tools we had at home such as supporting her with supplements, energy work (Reiki),and essential oils,. Cold laser treatments from her vet also helped, and we scheduled Gracie for acupuncture appointments, too. Her knee was healing nicely until the snow came. Gracie slipped on an ad board under the snow and re-injured her knee, resulting in a new tear to the ligament.
We almost were convinced that surgery would be her only option, but further research led me to a knee brace for dogs, from a company in Florida.
We ordered the brace and have been very pleased with Gracie's progress over the last few days. It's obvious that her muscles had atrophied over the months she was trying to heal. Gracie was compensating in her walks by putting more weight on her uninjured side. . . a trend that not only atrophied her muscles, but also threw off her alignment. Now with the new brace, we can see a marked difference in her walk as she uses her legs normally, bearing weight equally, even on the injured leg.
Strength and muscle mass are returning to Gracie's leg. We can tell by the way she walks when shes' at home, not wearing the brace. Also, putting the brace on her leg now feels like there's a different fit - a good fit - but I'm having to adjust for more muscle mass.
Gracie's walks are short, still, as she regains strength in muscles that haven't been used in a long time. We can see that she's excited to be out there in the world, going for walks, and greeting friends once again. Running will have to wait a while, but we know we'll get there. Gracie's knee is healing as we continue to use natural alternatives to support her in the process.
To learn more about the supplements we use, essential oils, diet, and treatments, please contact me. More information is also available on www.SecondNatureHealing.com