Week 24 – My Dog Graduated!

No more vet visits!

Image of My dog at the lake off leash! for my dog graduated blog post
My dog off leash at the lake!

I couldn’t believe it.  My dog graduated!  This whole conservative management process really works!

We went to our third and (we didn’t know it) final hydrotherapy vet visit.  The vet watched Darcy on the underwater treadmill and said, “Okay, your dog graduated!”  I couldn’t understand what she was talking about?  She said that she didn’t feel right having me come in every week for hydrotherapy when my dog is doing so awesome. Continue reading “Week 24 – My Dog Graduated!”

Week 20 – No more knee popping!

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 Image of the word pop for No more knee popping blog postout to me. Continue reading “Week 20 – No more knee popping!”

Weeks 18 & 19 – Mushroom Hunting and Dog Recovery

Who would have thought that mushroom hunting would be theImage of morel mushroom for mushroom hunting and dog recovery perfect dog therapy activity?!

We went mushroom hunting on our “staycation”.  We took about a week and a half off, that’s why no blog last week.  We found a bunch of morel mushrooms (wikipedia link to these trippy looking mushrooms).  But, the greatest part to me was how perfect it was for my dog’s knee recovery.
We wandered through the forest (soft ground) over bushes and logs (uneven ground) at a pretty sedate pace and when we found a mushroom, she sat (more sit/stands) and we were sidehilling.  All of those things were recommended by my holistic vet and to find one activity that does them all was great! Continue reading “Weeks 18 & 19 – Mushroom Hunting and Dog Recovery”

Week 17 – Carrots as Treats

Why do I use carrots as treats?Image of stuffed carrot for carrots as treats blog post

First, my dog loves carrots as treats and with all of the dog rehabilitation exercises we are doing, I needed something that wouldn’t make her gain weight.  I cut two baby carrots in half and then slice them up into little slices to use as rewards for her dog therapy exercises. Continue reading “Week 17 – Carrots as Treats”

Week 16 – Glutamine for Dog Injury

Should I use glutamine for dog injury?

Glutamine for dogs?  Most people have never heard of glutamine for humans!image of glutamine amino acid chain for glutamine for dog injury blog post

We turned the corner in Darcy’s ACL injury this week. I’m not sure if it’s the glutamine I started her on, or we just finally hit that point where she has recuperated almost fully. Continue reading “Week 16 – Glutamine for Dog Injury”

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”

Weeks 10 & 11 – Dog Rehabilitation Exercises

Do dog rehabilitation exercises help?

You bet they do!  Darcy’s leg was really atrophied and she was getting sort of bony in general because of her lack of exercise during her recovery.  Now, her leg feels full of muscle again.  And, she seems to enjoy them.

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