|Barked: Tue Sep 17, '13 9:46am PST |
|My dog was diagnosed by the vet with an ACL CCL cruciate crucial ligament torn knee tendon. Too old for surgery and with the economy, was very concerned if we could afford surgery, and read in the vet practice magazine that CCL surgeries have lots of complications, so be prepared that if the surgery does not go well, your dog's leg may have to be amputated, high chance of infection, resurgery, bone cancer at the implant site, etc.
We were told to have enough money saved for 2 surgeries, incase a resurgery was necessary.
Has anyone tried or had any experience with a dog knee brace?
I researched that the dog knee brace is great for dogs that are too old, too young - under 2 years old joints are not fully mature for surgery, dogs not healthy enough for surgery and for those that do not have pet insurance or cannot afford surgery.
The dog knee brace is a great alternative to surgery combined with conservative management. No running, no jumping, no steps, and only slow easy dog walks. Walking quietly around the house is ok, but on a leash out in the yard to prevent running.
We researched that it takes wearing the dog knee brace during the day daily or anytime when outside or for dog walks. She may have to wear the dog knee brace up to a year. Then with her older age, to wear out on dog walks and outings the rest of her life to protect her knee joint.
We tried several custom dog knee braces but were not providing enough support, had horrible velcro straps that stuck to each other, tangled up and took forever to get on with all the entanglement in the hair, and a terrible problem with slippage of the brace, not staying in position over her knee.
Then we tried a posh dog knee brace made in Florida.
A certified canine orthotist came to our home to make a professional cast for making the brace. The cast came out better then the previous casts made at the vet. As the canine orthotist specializes in making casts for custom knee braces and does a better job than the vet.
Vets don't specialize in making casts for knee braces, so thats why the vets cast did not turn out very good the first time. Vets make a plaster cast for broken bones but vets do not specialize in mobility orthotics or how to make a cast for a knee brace orthotic.
We were thrilled to see that the posh dog knee brace fit much better and had the best support. She was able to wear the posh dog knee brace for dog walking, going to the beach or walking on the trails.
The posh dog knee brace fit the best and was the best quality of the dog braces that we tried. It was easy and quick to put on, did not have velcro on the top straps, and the buckles were on the outside of the leg, click on and click off so easy to put the posh dog knee brace on in the morning and take off in the evening.
We have been trying to find a dog knee brace that actually worked, and finally spending 4 months trying dog knee braces, we finally came across the posh dog knee brace that actually was easy to put on, stayed up and did not slip and was the best made one we tried. PoshDogKneeBrace.com
Just thought I would share my experience. As it is so hard to find a solution that actually worked. I always post my experiences for products, business or services whether good or bad, as I know it helps other dog lovers in the same situation.
Hope this helps.
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