Dr. James St. Clair of TopDog Health and Rehabilitation explains the importance of post operative icing within the first 72 hours following ACL repair surgery. Icing will help constrict the blood vessels and prevent inflammatory agents from entering the knee joint. The use of ice can also help relieve pain and make your pet more comfortable.
Icing Options Following Dog ACL Surgery:
- Ice Pack (Standard) – Do not conform to body
- Gel Pack (Gel) – Great choice, conforms to body and stays cold
- Frozen Bag of Peas – Good backup, just does not stay cold very long
- Therapy Wrap – Hot and Cold therapy wrap, easily conforms to body
How to Ice Your Dog
Dogs can be very sensitive and may react. If your dog reacts to the coldness of the ice, go ahead and place a towel over the area you plan to ice in order to prepare them.
Ideally you’ll want to place the ice source so that it wraps around your dog’s injured knee – this is where having a gel ice pack therapy wrap can come in handy.