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 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 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”