Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

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    My oldest beagle started not putting any weight on her back right leg last night. She is 7 1/2 and was playing with our 2 year old beagle. This morning we noticed she was still not putting any weight down on the one back leg. We haven’t heard her whine or yelp in pain. We were worried it might be broke or a pinched nerve and took her to the vet this morning. After x-rays and some examining under anesthetic, she was diagnosed with an injury to her anterior (cranial) cruciate ligament in her right knee. We were told she would need surgery, but would have to take her to a canine orthopedic doctor. She also show signs of hip dysplacia, and we were also told she may not even be a candidate for surgery. After some web research we saw that the recovery time is long and only 50% are not even successful. On top of that we see that 40% of dogs within 18 months have the same thing happen to their other knee. This is pretty devasting to us and we are looking for options at this point. Please help us and our girl.

    Beagle Mom

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    [quote=Beagle Mom]we are looking for options at this point. [/quote]

    Many of these “injuries” will heal just fine with proper supportive care (good diet, weight loss if needed, glucosamine sulfate, antioxidants, omega-3s, etc.). Most of the supplements that I use for joint problems are at [url]https://www.homevet.com/osc/index.php?cPath=3[/url]

    A consult with a veterinary orthopod is still a good idea (just for informational purposes). If you are trying to avoid any surgery then you should consult a trained holistic (preferably homeopathic vet) for further treatment.

    Dr. Jeff

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