Looking for more information on experiences using canine chiropractic, laser therapy and nutrition to help your dog heal form a CCL knee ligament tear or rupture? Keep reading to see how Pepe is progressing using Conservative Management.
My 6.5 year old Cockapoo, Pepe, ruptured his back left ACL in May – it was diagnosed by vet the following day. I didn’t want to jump into surgery right away and our vet was not pushing us. I work for a company who makes a vet line of supplements, so after discussing Pepe’s situation with our company vet, I’m electing to do the Conservative Management option while supplementing him with the following: MediHerb’s Boswellia Complex (anti-inflammatory), Gotu kola Complex (tissue repair), and Canine Musculoskeletal Support from Standard Process.
I’ve also put him on a raw food diet to ensure that he’s getting the best possible nutrition.
He’s a laid back boy so it’s not too hard to keep his activity at a minimum. I’ve been picking him up to get on the bed, but after reading some of these posts maybe I should not let him go up and down the stairs. I’m also looking at chiropractic and acupuncture as complementary treatments.
I spoke with the Dr. in my office today, and he is going to use a chiropractic instrument (activator) to adjust his spine, and also a cold laser on the knee. This is one of my huge benefits of working where I do! Complementary and alternative medicine is hopefully going to be beneficial for Pepe.
Pepe is doing okay… Still not using the leg but does touch his foot down quite a bit.
Two weeks ago Pepe was treated with the activator by going three times down his spine. It’s spring loaded, and as he goes through each vertebrae, he can tell where there are energy blockages by Pepe’s movements after each. Then when he repeats he can tell if those spots “clear”. He had his 2nd treatment last week, and then well wait 2 weeks for the next.
Pepe is also getting the cold laser, but it really works best if you can treat every day for multiple sessions.
I can definitely see a difference in Pepe’s demeanor after the adjustments. He just looks perkier and the way he holds his ears just look like he’s happy and normal!
I still have him on 2 Gotu Kola Complex (MediHerb) tabs per day, as well as 2 Boswellia Complex tabs per day. Additionally, I am feeding him raw “meatballs” from Nature’s Variety and break the herbal tablets in half and stuff them in chunks of the meat. I also sprinkle his food with 1/2 t of Canine Musculoskeletal Support (Standard Process) each day as well.
Our Dr. has seen quite a few dogs completely recover and stabilize the joint on their own, but it’s a slow process. I’m still convinced that with the alternative treatments avoiding surgery may be possible.