Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Alternative to Surgery for ACL knee injuries in dogs...
If any of you know me on Facebook, I'm sure by now you are tired of reading my posts about my dog, her injuries and my pleading for help. However, now 3 weeks into her injury and 2 weeks into knowing what her injury is, I've been able to do quite a bit of research into the injury itself, the surgery options and the non-surgical options available. I will be taking Shuka to vet #2 Saturday morning for a second opinion on the injury and what options I can look at as possibilities to help her. I have also contacted vet #3, a holistic vet, and am looking at the possibility of using acupuncture and herbal/homeopathic medicines to help her heal in a more natural and non-invasive manner.
From what I've found on the internet, ACL injuries are quite common. They are also quite expensive, especially if you go with the TPLO surgery commonly recommended by the typical vet. Through my research, I have found a brace called A-TraC that oftentimes works very nicely to help keep the knee stabilized while the ACL heals. I have already started giving her supplements to help keep her joints healthy and strong. I found this article that talks about alternatives to surgeries: http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/13_2/features/Canine-Ligament-Injury-Options_16198-1.html?zkPrintable=true The holistic vet is suggesting "Prolotherapy" which sounds intriguing, but I'm worried it might wind up being just as expensive as the surgery. I am also still awaiting the delivery of the ThunderShirt, which is scheduled for Saturday (which can't get here soon enough!). I can't rule any option out just yet and I am thankful to each person who has helped guide me to another possible answer to help Shuka to extend her life in a healthy and happy way. At this point, I am unsure what the next couple of weeks will bring concerning this situation, but I am doing my best to stay positive.
Shuka has been a good companion to me through many tough times. She's been my watch dog, comfort giver, bed hog, food beggar, walking buddy and dependent. She loves me unconditionally. I do not know what kind of life she had before she found her way off the streets of South Central Los Angeles, into the shelter and then into my own life. Even though the idea to adopt a black lab was not mine, I am glad that she has been with me for the past 7 years. Her shelter dog issues have been trying at times, as her separation anxiety is right now, but it's not her fault and I hope that I can find a way to help her to live out her final years in a more peaceful state of mind.