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 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 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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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 8 – Dog Knee Injury is Getting Better

Darcy’s knee injury is better

But, it’s a slow process.  My dog’s activity is slowly increasing.  We were doing one 8-10 minute walk per day and she did start to limp, so I let her rest for a couple of days.  I started just walking her around the backyard in shorter spurts more times per day.   Continue reading “Week 8 – Dog Knee Injury is Getting Better”