5 Best Slings and Lift Harnesses for Dog Knee Injuries

5 Best Slings and Lift Harnesses for Dog Knee Injuries

Having been the owners of two rambunctious, litter-mate boxers, my wife and I always loved watching both rip, run, and tussle across our backyard for nearly 8 years. At the end of their lives, nothing pained us more than helplessly watching both succumb to a degenerative back issue.  It greatly impacted their hind limbs, joint, and ligament health, and overall quality of life. Like most dog owners, we were extremely fond of playing with and …

How to Prepare Your Dog for TPLO Surgery and Recovery

Preparing your dog for TPLO surgery and recovery

Knee injuries are surprisingly common in dogs of all sizes but are well studied and understood by vet experts. Anterior cruciate ligament damage is a condition very often encountered in canine orthopedics. The most popular and successful treatment is TPLO surgery. Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy surgery is, as its name suggests, an osteotomy. This means the surgeon needs to cut into the tibial bone in order to reposition it, and fix it with plates and …

Most Common Dog Breeds Susceptible to Dog Knee Surgery

Most Common Dog Breeds Susceptible to Dog Knee Surgery

One of the most common injuries to a dog’s knee is the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture, which can be partial or complete. This injury, also known as a CCL injury, is equivalent to an ACL injury in a person. Simply put, it’s just another name for the ligament located within the knee. Most dogs that sustain a CCL injury must undergo surgical correction to fix the rupture and stabilize the knee. Surgery helps to …

The Best Braces for Your Dog Pre and Post Knee Surgery

The Best Braces for Your Dog Pre and Post Knee Surgery

Watching a dog, especially when it’s your beloved dog, lose its quality of life due to disease or bodily injury is a painstaking experience, to say the least. My wife and I experienced this pain a few years ago. We had to euthanize our once highly-energetic and lovable litter-mate boxers due to a degenerative back disease. In their prime, they chase one another around the back yard for hours at a time.  They leaped, jumped, …

How to Diagnose a Dog Knee Injury

Let me guess, your dog has likely lost a bit of mobility, either favoring a limb, or whimpering at the slightest movement of its leg? As a previous owner of highly energetic boxers of the same litter, I had two different moments of terror when I saw both dogs limping around with a hind leg in the air. While I didn’t know much about CCL ruptures, technically known as the cranial cruciate ligament, and how …