When to Choose A Brace as a Dog ACL Surgery Alternative

Here at Doggy Brace, we want your pet to live their life to its fullest. We will never advocate using our braces as an alternative to surgery for a torn ACLs if your vet believes surgery is the best course of action for your dog. Our braces are only a form of preventative treatment, that pair as an alternative means of support for minor injuries, or conservative therapy. That all out of the way, we do know you can use a brace as a dog ACL surgery alternative in some cases. So let’s break down using a brace and other conservative forms of surgery alternatives.

Always Talk With Your Vet

Your veterinarian will know best. If you believe your dog injured their ACL (due to a limp, lameness, or their unwillingness to put weight on the limb), talk with your vet immediately. If they recommend surgery, you should follow their advice.

A fully torn ACL will not heal on its own. A partially torn ACL has a higher chance of recovery without surgery, but it is not certain as the “healing” process will be the formation of scar tissue around the tear. A sprained ACL does not require surgery.

Doggy Brace is designed for preventive care and recovery from sprained ACLs. It is not an alternative to surgery,

However, surgery may not be an option for your pet due to their health, age, or if they have an aversion to anesthetics. If this is the case, braces for an injured ACL can help support your dog’s joint so they can comfortably move while they recover.

What are Some Dog ACL Surgery Alternatives?

First and foremost, a brace is a non-invasive treatment. Not all braces are the same. The Doggy Brace is a kind of stifle brace that controls the backward slide of the tibia and femur, preventing these bones from sliding outside of the natural range of motion.

Tuna poses with a Doggy Brace.

A dog ACL brace follows the same logic as a human knee brace. A non-rigid brace, such as one offered by Doggy Brace, stabilizes and supports the knee joint. It discourages quick movements that can strain your dog’s ACL during recovery. It encourages your dog to get up and move around, without putting too much pressure on their injured leg.

If your dog has a sprained or torn ACL, they’ll overcompensate and put too much weight on their healthy leg instead. This weight shift increases their chance of spraining or tearing their other ACL. A brace allows your pup to comfortably put more weight on their hurt leg.

A brace can be paired with other conservative treatment forms for optimal results too.

Dog Acupuncture

Just like humans, dogs can get acupuncture too. This dog ACL surgery alternative is not as popular as a brace, but many who try it believe that it helps. The method is to stick small medical needles into specific pressure points to promote healing, reduce pain, minimize the buildup of scar tissues, and reduce swelling.

Chiropractic Treatments

If a dog has a healthy spine, they will have healthy legs. If their spine is misaligned from ACL injuries, chiropractic adjustments can help restore normal nerve activity by gently moving bones, ligaments, and tendons back into alignment. Veterinary chiropractors help speed the healing of injuries and surgeries by making adjustments that improve skeletal alignment and musculoskeletal function.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is used to rebuild muscle and elasticity on a healing limb, which helps prevent further injury. Have you ever seen a dog or cat walking on a treadmill that’s submerged in water? That’s physical therapy! The water helps alleviate the weight on their limbs — some dogs even prefer swimming as their therapeutic exercise!

A Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is key to maintaining your dog’s health. Ensure they are getting the nutrients they need and the proper diet to keep excessive weight off their injured leg. Petcurean’s food finder is a great place to start if you need a little bit of help choosing a suitable food for your dog.

Why Choose Doggy Brace?

Doggy Brace is an affordable and quality option for preventative care and recovery. It can be used as an dog ACL surgery alternative if your pup cannot undergo surgery. A dog ACL brace should be designed with your pup’s comfort in mind. Neoprene is a sturdy material and will hold up to years of use. Resistant to weather, scratches, and heat the brace should last your pup as long as they need the support! Just be sure to watch your dog the first few times they are wearing and using the brace to discourage destructive habits like chewing — our braces stand up to lots, but few things get in the way between a Golden Retriever and their favorite pastime!

Our braces’ soft neoprene won’t irritate their skin and the back strap is completely optional. Our braces are also adjustable to fit your pet’s needs while providing pressure-relieving support when they’re moving around.

The cost of the brace depends on how big your dog is. To size, find your dog’s weight, and measure the length of their tibia and their upper thigh circumference. Check out our handy sizing chart to figure out exactly what your pup needs.

Our Doggy Brace cost breakdown is as follows:

Where to measure for accurate brace sizing.

 

Doggy Brace also is built with comfort in mind. There are two ways to wear the brace, so your dog will be happy! You can have it with or without the back strap — both options provide excellent support and compression.

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