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Dog Knee Brace for Bilateral CCL Injury – Razin

dog knee braceMy name is Karin from N.Y. I have a 6-year-old puggle Razin with two ruptured ACLs! She likes to chase rabbits in my backyard. I was devastated to find out she was injured so badly. I am very hesitant to make the appointment for bilateral surgery. She started to walk again without a limp shortly after she tore the ligament in the other leg. It is going on two weeks now…I carry her everywhere and try to keep her stable. She has been on medication for the inflammation and pain. Shortly after she hurt her second knee I noticed that she wasn’t as depressed as she was when the initial injury occurred. She isn’t lethargic and has almost all of her energy back. I am so happy that I didn’t rush into surgery like I have been told to do. There’s a good chance that she will do very well without it. It is not being ruled out, just on hold forever, hopefully!

I knew it would be best to get braces for her to wear a few hours a day. Especially when she is in the backyard to keep her from going wild and chasing everything that she saw. So, I started to search for braces. I did A LOT of homework. I decided to take a chance and order from a company I found online. The braces come in 3 sizes, looked sturdy, and came with a splint that was removable. I went with my gut feeling and ordered the size small. I received them in a few days and I couldn’t be HAPPIER!

They fit my dog perfectly and she is an awkward dog to fit anything onto. She walks well in them. Shedog knee brace squatted to go to the bathroom in them. They were at my house when I came home from work yesterday so I haven’t had much time to take her anywhere with them on. But, I had them on for a lot longer than I had planned. She was all spread out and relaxed after we went outside the she fell asleep while wearing them! This is not how my dog behaves when you put something on her! Obviously, I took them off before I went to sleep. I made the best decision. And now I want to give back, so I am going to try to get my positive feedback out there for people in need of it!

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7 Responses to Dog Knee Brace for Bilateral CCL Injury – Razin

  1. March 25, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Can I ask which brand of knee brace you purchased? I am up in the air with which one to get for my girl, and feel that there isnt very much positive about any of them except their own websites. I am looking for some independent input as to which brands worked and which wasnt havent.

    • August 10, 2017 at 11:28 am #

      Looks like “Balto” based on the picture

  2. June 9, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    I would like to know what brand of knee brace you used? There are so many options online and I frankly don’t know who to believe.

    • August 12, 2017 at 7:56 am #

      did you ever find out which brace to buy

  3. June 29, 2017 at 2:26 am #

    What make/brand of knee brace did you use?? Thanks for the info.

    Sincerely,
    CA Beluch

  4. July 22, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    The surgery unfortunately makes the dog favor the other leg snd then that one blows. Then it is another $3500 surgery but…the oain meds by that time have eaten thru your dog’s stomach so you euthanize. We took an alternative route…cold laser therapy. Boosters will be on going but dog is not miserable or dead. Was looking for alternative to tramadol and Gabapentin. Any one have experience with Dasuquin?

  5. August 14, 2017 at 11:27 am #

    We did NOT buy a brace. The dog has had initial cold laser treatments (lasted over 8 days) and 4 weeks ago we went back for two booster treatments. Our dog is walking (NOT running any more because we do not let him and he inherently knows that will hurt him since he’s tried). I think there is a time for a brace depending on the dog, but most of healing will depend on you and keeping your dog on a level and shorter walking regimen. I don’t want to sound like I am practicing medicine, but this is working for a 106 pound dog who we are making an effort to restrict high caloric foods with. You can’t just eliminate food (like we do with people and “starve” a dog) but we have always had to measure his food due to hypothyroid issues. Add less ability to exercise (chase a frisbee, return a thrown stick) and we just get real choosey about “treats.” His favorite and one that we do twice a week is to buy soup bones (ones with marrow) and cook for 15 minutes, let him chew out the marrow, remove the empty bone and his teeth stay clean and he gets high protein. He does NOT get to keep the bone after the marrow is out. Hope this helps. Perhaps talking to a vet who is cold laser certified would be your best bet. Just can tell you what our experience has been.

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