Welcome back to another entry on the Wound Wear blog. We are hard at work here, building a wealth of resources for our readers, whether they be out there who have a pet limping and wondering what might be happening to those seeking post-surgery help.
When our pets suffer, we suffer. It can be an incredibly trying time and so we want to put together an easily found archive of valuable information. Last time we began that quest with the discussion of what are commonly thought of as ‘dog ACL injuries,’ actually canine cruciate ligament injuries. The next logical step is one of the methods to heal: the canine knee brace.
How the Canine Knee Brace Works
A canine knee brace, like our own A-TraC Dynamic Brace, works by stabilizing the knee or stifle, joint after anterior/cranial cruciate injuries. It prevents any translation of the tibia on the femur. That is to say, it keeps the tibia from moving freely and, as such, harmfully.
The brace is made up of multiple layers and interchangeable rods, with stabilization at three points: the leg, the opposite thigh, and the collar. All of this makes for a completely custom brace, that can be adjusted to allow for as much range of motion at the joint as healing allows.
The brace places resistance against the leg, allowing for the muscles and joint to operate in a more normal fashion, preventing loss of muscle and lameness, making for a more rapid and healthy rehabilitation of the joint post-injury.
Does My Dog Need Surgery First?
A pet doesn’t have to have gone through surgery to utilize a canine knee brace. While a surgery can help your pet fully recover from the tear and regain their joint stability, it is costly. It also isn’t always the best option. There are many different contributing factors, from injury to pet and their activity levels and a whole lot more that can affect whether a surgery is the right course of treatment.
Regardless of whether you go for the canine knee brace after, or in place of, surgery, it functions the same and offers the same benefits to your dog. The system will assist them in walking, working against the resistance of the brace to develop their knee joint and the musculature surrounding it. This makes for a much more natural movement experience which will have your pet walking confidently as they heal.
Should you get surgery for your pet to fully heal their injury, utilizing a canine knee brace in their recovery has the benefit of helping prevent reinjury. This is important because the rate at which dogs reinjure following surgery without support can be as high as 10 or 15%! Getting the surgery done just for another torn CCL and another surgery is not only harmful to your dog, but also for the bank account!
Want to know what size to get your dog? Use our handy sizing page to quickly and accurately determine the kind and size of brace your own pet needs. The more difficult measurements have easy to follow YouTube instructions to help you. You will need a tibia measurement which can be provided via x-ray, your vet likely took this before your pet’s surgery. You can find out loads more about our specific canine knee brace on our product page, this has been just a brief rundown of the mechanics.
If you have any other questions about the process, do not hesitate to reach out and ask us! Our U.S. and Canada friends can reach us at 1-800-443-4055, elsewhere call 1-847-634-1700. Let’s get your pet in a canine knee brace and get them healing! The A-TraC Dynamic canine knee brace has been 90% effective, and the sooner you begin assisting your pet, the sooner they can walk with confidence again, tail wagging!
Until then, we’ll see you next time on the Wound Wear blog.