Week 15 – Dog Physical Therapy

How important is dog physical therapy in Conservative Management?

Image of dog on exercise ball for dog physical therapy blog
Darcy’s new exercise is similar to this

Well, in my opinion, super important.  I just got back from the Alternative Veterinarian office and Darcy has gained 1.5 inches of muscle on her injured leg and 1/4 inch on her non-injured leg! Continue reading “Week 15 – Dog Physical Therapy”

Week 14 – Walking After No Surgery for Dog Knee Injury

Darcy is going on longer walks after herWalking through the forest after no surgery for dog knee injury dog knee injury!

Every single day, my dog is getting stronger after her dog knee injury.  She is amazing and made to naturally heal just like we are.  We are up to walking each day for 31 minutes and still adding on.  I swear there is no stopping her! Continue reading “Week 14 – Walking After No Surgery for Dog Knee Injury”

Week 13 – Walking is Fun!

How long am I walking my dog 13 weeks into Conservative Management?

Image of dog tired after walking during cruciate injury recovery
Tired dog after walking!

We’re up to 25 minutes of walking!  And, tomorrow will be 26 minutes.  I am absolutely amazed at how well Darcy is doing after her dog knee injury.  We were upping her walks by one minute a day.  We started at 10 minutes and now 25.  She doesn’t limp, she (and I) and much happier.  She is still super excited about her rounds of exercise three times a day.  We were able to take her off of the acepromazine. Continue reading “Week 13 – Walking is Fun!”

Week 12 – Dog Laser Therapy

Does dog laser therapy work?

Well, I can tell you this.  After our dog laser therapy and rehabilitation

Darcy and her dog laser therapy goggles
Darcy and her dog laser therapy goggles

session, Darcy was walking like she had never had a knee injury.  The appointment last for a little over an hour and in that time, Darcy did every exercise the therapist could think of, muscle stimulation and laser therapy. Continue reading “Week 12 – Dog Laser Therapy”

Week 9 – Holistic Vet

Was it worth going to the holistic vet?

You bet it was!  I waited until Darcy was through her first full eight weeks to go to the holistic vet.  I wanted to give her time for her body to heal itself.  But, I felt that I needed some guidance on how she’s doing.  I am so glad I went!

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Week 7 – Gradually Increasing Activity for Dog Knee Injury

We are slowly (and I mean really slowly) increasing my dog’s activity.

before dog knee injury
Get her back into the forest again!

Her walks in the backyard were gradually getting longer as she is improving from her dog knee injury.  So, I decided to take her out into the “real world”.  We very slowly walked up and down the street for about 10 minutes.  She started to pull on the first walk because we went in the same direction that we used to go for her hour long romps through the forest. Continue reading “Week 7 – Gradually Increasing Activity for Dog Knee Injury”