2 Months of Conservative Management
Generally, CM for dog knee injuries is defined as a period of time lasting 6-8 weeks by most veterinarians. We are now reaching the end of that time frame with Tucker, and are encouraged by the great improvements we have seen with his muscle mass, range of motion and tendency to bear full weight on the affected leg. He is still taking the Novox antiinflamatory medication, but we are getting ready to ween him off of this NSAID and start using Yucca. He is now down to what appears to be a comfortable weight for him, and we are maintaining his weight by feeding him less, more frequently in the day. He is also still taking the 600 mg of Omega 3 oils twice per day and the Cosamin DS brand glucosamine, chondrointin and MSM supplement.
I am really encouraged by all the progress we have made in just 8 weeks, and really hope we can avoid another surgical repair!