THE BEST WAY TO HELP YOUR DOG’S TORN ACL

Has your dog torn its ACL?  We’re here for you.  Mission Animal Hospital is an integrative veterinary hospital serving the pets of the Central Coast, from Atascadero to San Luis Obispo to Arroyo Grande and beyond.  

Because we know your time is valuable, we are presenting this info in checklist form.  However, we have links that will enable you to do more research on specific questions that you might have.  With that in mind, let’s get cracking….

 

A CHECKLIST FOR DOGS WITH  A TORN ACL, FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT MISSION ANIMAL HOSPITAL

  1. Whatever your dog weighs, it is too much.  Every ounce of weight adds extra pressure– and pain– to your pet’s knee
  2. Jumping, twisting play, and uneven ground created this for your pet.   So avoid them.
  3. What happens in one knee happens in the other… almost 75% of the time.  That’s why we better solve the first knee…quickly.
  4. The only way to accurately diagnose a torn ACL without arthroscopy is to sedate your pet and have an experienced doc evaluate the knee’s stability
  5. If your pet has torn their ACL, they have probably torn their joint cartilage (the meniscus) as well.  This is very painful.
  6. In the absence of your dog’s ACL, the thigh and shin bones grate against one another with every step.  This creates progressively worsening arthritis… and pain… in that joint.
  7. Every one of these will help minimize your dog’s pain
    1. Fish oil to provide 50 mg per lb body weight omega 3 fatty acids
    2. Undenatured type II collagen, like our Joint Complex treats
    3. Curcumin
    4. Laser therapy
    5. Good drugs
    6. Acupuncture… and they are all available at Mission Animal Hospital
  8. If your pet is under 10 lbs, studies show there is no statistical benefit to surgery.– unless they also have a torn meniscus
  9. If your pet is 10-40 lbs or older than 10, you should consider a “lateral fabellar” stabilization surgery
  10. If your pet is over 50 lbs, young, or active then you should suck it up and have a TPLO procedure performed.  It works.
  11. Postoperative laser therapy will speed healing by up to 30%
  12. You must understand that your pet will never be “normal’ again.  Instead, our goal with surgery is to MAXIMIZE THEIR COMFORT.  And that counts!!

And lucky number 13?  We’re Mission Animal Hospital.  If you live in San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, or anywhere in between and your pet needs help…. we’re here for you.