Kingsgurl wrote:Vin, how long did she need to wear the brace? It seems as if the brace would be a non-surgical equivalent to an extra-capsular repair, with the difference being the joint was stabilized externally instead of internally while the scar tissue built up and stabilized the joint. Very interesting.
julien_sti wrote:thats actually what I was thinking of doing, it looks safer...and since my dog only as partial tear I think it would be much better it would help her heal and be back to normal without risky surgery...shes at the vet right now for her radios so i'm gonna talk about this with the vet when they call me to come pick her up, now what sacres me is, I tough that kind of problem is a old dog problem, now if my dog as this thing at such a young age does that mean she as weak joints and that its probably gonna happen on the other leg sooner or later?
julien_sti wrote:ok so GOOD NEWS!!! no tear was shown on the radios its jsut swollen, the vet said its like a twisted ankle but for the knee!!! so no operation and no brace needed, she only needs a couple weeks of rest with anti-inflamatory and then back to exercising slowly, the vet said shes young shes strong and since theres no tear she will heal by herself! so yeah it cost me around 500$ (I sold my car to have the money) to get told she only needs rest but yeah at least now I know!
lilangel wrote: Someone can correct me if I am wrong but I don't think you can even see cruciate injury by radiograph.
lilangel wrote: I would personally, if she were my dog, treat her as if she had a cruciate tear and start conservative management immediately. Keep her doing nothing active for at least 8 weeks and then ease into a normal schedule over 4-8 more weeks, even if the dog seems fine at week 2! Often people think it is just a sprain and do maybe 2-4 weeks of no activity besides short leash walks. Then they go back to a normal routine and things are great until... bam... full rupture down the line because the leg never fully healed. Conservative management is a pain but very doable and worth the effort to save your dog from a lifetime of trouble with the leg. Then again, the leg could go at anytime for a whole bunch of reasons you have no control over.
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