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Can You Treat A Cruciate Ligament Injury in Dogs Without Surgery?

Our dog managed to injure himself when he ran inside the house to bark at something and came back out limping! We were in the garden so didn’t see what he did, we could only guess he slipped on the kitchen floor or something like that?

At first, we thought he’d hurt his paw because he was holding it up, but it didn’t improve so I contacted the vet, and with being in lockdown due to Covid19 we had to have a phone consultation.

He was prescribed anti-inflammatories and I was asked to give them an update after the weekend to see if there was any improvement.

Unfortunately, he didn’t improve taking the anti-inflammatories, so the vet had him in to investigate. She sedated him, took an x-ray to reveal that he had a Cruciate Ligament Injury.

Do You Have to Operate?

The first thing our vet said was to operate which would cost a few thousand pounds, this would mean being referred and travelling to another vet. She also said another option would be conservative management which is what I decided to do and you can see my reasons why below.

Does Operating Work?

Operating can work for some dogs, but, what swayed it for me to choose the conservative treatment was that one of the girls who worked there told me that a friend of hers had her dog’s cruciate ligament injury operated on twice and both attempts failed! I think I’d cry if that were me!

I didn’t want to put my dog through all that, the stress on him and the financial stress for us because there is a limit to what we can claim each year and with all his allergy medications on top, we’d probably go over.

So, he’s now been given joint supplements and other drugs and has to rest which is really hard for a Jack Russell, I’m sure you can imagine!

What Can You Buy To Help a Cruciate Ligament Injury?

The vet said we could leave the leg without support, but I did a bit of research on the internet to see what was available and read that leg braces have helped a lot of dogs, so I thought I’d get one.

I opted for an Ortocanis Knee Brace which alleviates the burden on the joints. You can see him wearing it in the image above.

There are other more expensive braces available, this was around just over £40 including postage.

Now it’s just a matter of time, and hopefully, the injury will gradually heal and get better. It’s still early days though.

Has your dog ever had this injury? Let us know if you conservatively managed the injured knee and how you got on in the comments below.

Can You Treat A Cruciate Ligament Injury in Dogs Without Surgery?
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