The first article aimed at sharing information that will improve your pet's range of mobility to enable the animal heal faster from dog cruciate (dog acl
) knee surgery. In this article, we will focus on additional methods that can help your dog return to normal after the trauma of knee surgery and minimize dog arthritis.
Motivate Weight Bearing and Platform Feeding
Gently raise and maintain your dog’s good leg up so he needs to place his weight on the leg where dog arthritis knee surgery
was done. Try this for just a number of seconds in the beginning, and increase the period, over time, as your dog shows indications of having the capacity to support its body without experiencing discomfort.
Put your dog’s food bowl on a raised platform. This will make your dog shift a greater portion of his weight to its hind legs while he is eating.
Do Stair Climbing
With or sans a leash, let your dog climb up and down the stairs. Remember not to overdo it in the beginning, and only increase the number of routine sets as your dog shows more signs of recovery.
Get Your Dog Dancing!
Raise your dog’s front legs off the ground and dance lightly with him for a couple of minutes at a time. Dancing encourages him to put almost all of his weight on his hind legs; this builds muscle and enhances the dog's ability to take in the additional weight.
Simple Sitting and Standing Workouts
If you let your dog stand and sit on command, this can be turned into a great form of physical therapy. Consider it as squat thrusts, but for dogs. First, give your dog the command to sit. Second, just before your dog is fully seated, give the command to stand. Perform repeatedly 3 or 4 times when you first begin, and then steadily increase the sets in a couple of weeks.
Doing the Figure Eight
With your dog attached to the leash, lead him through a set of small figure eight patterns. Change directions after every two sets. Do this for 5 minutes in the beginning and increase the inervals as your dog shows more tolerance for the routine.
Visit the Beach, Pond or Pool
Swimming is a well-rounded exercise. Be cautious that your god doesn’t become too worn out, so keep the exercise intervals to less than 10 minutes at first.
Make sure to ask from your vet suggestions about ultrasound treatments, pulsed signal therapy, and hot or cold compresses.
Take Note of Your Dog’s Pain Levels
Your dog may find these exercises painful at first. Have your vet suggest pain relief medication and administer it to your pet as necessary.
The vet is not the only person who can help your dog recover from dog cruciate (dog acl) surgery. In fact, as owner you can do much more, all you need is to have some time and patience and you will hopefully slow or stop the progression of dog arthritis.
Dog Physical Therapy:Knee Surgery Part 2 (PDF)