Pookie is an 11 year old, 98 pound dog. He tore his Cruciate ligament in his left knee. The vet said right away he needed surgery and only surgery. Since he is 11 years old I did not feel that was a great option. We came home and did some research on different braces. I was torn between this brace and a custom made brace. In the end, we went with this one because we could have it delivered to us right away and I wanted to get him on the road to recovery quickly to help his other leg from sustaining injury.
The customer service was great, they helped us measure over the phone and walked us through each section. The brace was delivered the next business day. I will say it was extremely difficult to put on at first and the directions were vague. Between my husband and I, when we actually sat down and laid the brace out we were able to get it on.
Before the brace he would not lower his leg at all, holding it up as high as he could. The minute the brace was put on he put his leg down and started to touch his toes to the ground when walking. By day 2 he started to put a little weight on it. By day 5 he was putting full weight on it about 50% of the time. By day 7 he was putting full weight on it 100% of the time. When this happened we changed the rods out. Once the rods were changed we started to do our ‘rehab walks’.
We are now at 3 weeks and doing fantastic! He wants to be up and around as much as he can where before he just wanted to lay down, even to eat and drink. He even tries to run around the yard when he thinks we aren’t looking! We take two small walks a day, nice and slow. His legs shake pretty bad, but he was down for a long, long time so that is to be expected. He is begging us for the walks now instead of fighting us for them. He still walks with a tiny limp, but it is more a limp from having a brace on. I watch his leg closely when walking and he is definitely putting full weight on it. He even will put all his weight on his bad leg to lift his other leg when going to the bathroom sometimes. Clearly the pain is gone!
We are still reminding him to walk and not run. Trying to keep him from overdoing anything, but we are encouraged that he wants to be so active and run around. We still avoid steps, and will have to for another 8 weeks. so we are having slumber parties in the living room right now.
I saw a lot of reviews about how the brace worked for small dogs, so I was leery- but I am very happy to report the brace has done its job and far exceeded my expectations. I will keep updating as we go. I hope this helps you on your decision for your 4-legged children.
I will also say, of note, the customer service has been phenomenal! We ordered the wrong size harness and they overnight shipped a new one free of charge. I have called several times with questions and the vet will answer or call me right back. I have submitted several e-mails and facebook questions and always get a reply. I am sure they are sick of hearing from me and my million questions but I am glad that they take the time to respond. My vet was so against the brace, and only wanted surgery, she has been of no help so I am glad to have the CS at WoundWear.