Yay, my dog has no more knee popping!
In the last few months of conservative therapy, my dog has had knee popping, clicking, and sort of grinding sounds. These are explained at tiggerpoz.com. I actually didn’t even notice that they were gone until my husband pointed it out to me.
It’s funny how you notice when something is going on, but not when it goes away. We were trying to figure out when the knee popping had stopped and it might be more than a month ago!
I took her for a followup visit at the holistic vet last week and they have no more advanced exercises for Darcy and want her to go to hydrotherapy! Basically it’s a doggy underwater treadmill. We have to actually go back to the first vet’s office for this. They were the ones who diagnosed my dog with a full CCL tear and wanted me to do the TPLO surgery, so this should be interesting. My holistic vet doesn’t have a hydrotherapy treatment place and the only one in my area is at the first vet’s office. We have an appointment tomorrow. I can’t get the picture of my dog in a pink bathing cap and goggles out of my mind!
My holistic vet really complimented me on my diligence with my dog’s conservative management recovery and that was nice to hear. She actually asked about my dog’s knee popping because she had noticed it wasn’t there anymore as well. She had us run and walk through the parking lot to see if Darcy was favoring that injured leg anymore and she’s not! She recommended doing controlled jogging throughout our daily walks and we have been doing that. My dog loves it! And, it’s good for us too. They measured Darcy’s knees and she has gained 5cm on both knees. The dog physical therapist and holistic vet were super excited over that. I attribute this to her dog therapy exercises, walks, and the glutamine I give her. But, her knees are still not the same size and that’s why hydrotherapy is recommended to make them the same size.
We haven’t had any limping and Darcy is raring to go for her walks every day. She is back to her old self and other than the measurement difference, we really can’t tell she was injured. We were advised to wait for unsupervised backyard time by the vet, but that will be coming up soon.
So, hydrotherapy for my dog tomorrow and just continuing with her exercises and walks. The vet actually said I can start doing less of her dog therapy exercises because they have done their job.
Does your dog have clicking, grinding, or popping in their knee? If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment below. Good luck with your conservative management for your dog!