Alex’s ACL Injury – Part 2

acl21It’s been about 2 1/2 months since Alex started to wear a brace from Woundwear, and this is her progress so far:

  • Alex was only able to walk for 3 straight minutes while wearing the brace and was so exhausted that she slept for hours after that short walk
  • Nowadays, when the day is not too cold I take her to walk for about 20 minutes in the morning, and about 10 minutes late afternoon or vice versa.  Even after taking those walks, she likes to walk around the house
  • She is still on bed rest, and she is not allowed to run up and down the stairs which she still loves to do
  • She does not wear the brace when she goes to bed.  I put a heating pad around her injured leg and back when is time to go to sleep
  • In the morning, once she sees one of us get up, to our amazement and delight, she walks without limping and no brace for a couple of minutes
  • She seems to have gained some of the flexibility and agility she had before she got injured

acl22By the way, I don’t get any monetary compensation from Woundwear.  What I like to do is share the experiences I have with different products.  Why?  In the hope that you get an unbiased opinion, and I get feedback from you.

The only two things I found negative about the brace were the price, $386.75 including shipping, and having to pay about $120 for someone to take the measurements for the brace.  I did not pay for the latter because Cynthia took the measurements, but a lot of people, for what I read online, had difficulty with this part so the total for them would have been a little over $500.

Was it worth it for Alex?  Yes, it was.  I am hoping that in a couple of months from now she’ll be only wearing that brace once in a while.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Christie Green says:

    Poor Alex – and poor you! It’s so hard when 1 dog is injured and the other still needs their routine. My big guy, Rico had shoulder surgery over the summer. It was a long recovery and he needed “dog legs” for months. Roxy, my little pittie, still needed her walks and exercise. It was not easy balancing the 2 so I don’t envy you. But sounds like you’re handling it all very well! Good luck!

    1. Marcela says:

      Thanks. Yes, it is difficult when you have to balance 2 dogs in different routines, but I have to do what I have to do:-) Alex, lately, is able to walk for 20-25 minutes so she does get that one walk with Bella, but the second walk is only about 10-15 minutes for Alex and 1 hour or longer for Bella. How do I do it? I either go with my girlfriend, Cynthia, and she brings Alex back home, or many times when she cannot help me because she is busy with school, I take Alex first for a walk, and then I come back home to drop off Alex and pick up Bella. Why not both dogs together? Bella is still learning to walk properly. When dogs stay with me, I usually walk 2 dogs or more without a problem, but Bella, our foster dog, is a work in progress.

  2. Paula says:

    So sorry for Alex. 😦 that is some price tag for the brace. have you tried some type of energy healing practitioner for him? i wish Alex a painless and quick recovery.Bless you for all you have done and is still ahead.

    1. Marcela says:

      Yes, it was expensive, but we were looking for the least invasive way for her to heal. No, I haven’t tried energy healing, but by April I will be taking her to do some hydrotherapy.

      1. Paula says:

        🙂 I wish you the best.

  3. gabriellamaria00 says:

    Hope Alex feels better soon!!

    1. Marcela says:

      Thanks. She is doing better and better as time goes by:-)

  4. Barney the Corgi says:

    Poor Alex, best of wishes and a good recovery for you!

    1. Marcela says:

      Hi, Barney the gorgeous Corgi. Thanks:-) Have a great week.

  5. Will and Eko says:

    Long and difficult road, Alex is lucky to have you there with he doing such a great job.

    1. Marcela says:

      Thanks Will. I am just glad that she is almost 12 years old so bed rest for her is actually not hard to do:-)

  6. I’m so glad the brace was good for you, Alex. All my best wishes for a complete recovery.

    1. Marcela says:

      Thanks a million:-)

  7. fredrieka says:

    hope you get better soon Alex I could not imagine not running and especially jumping

  8. writetowag says:

    Poor Alex…Trev and I send lots of well wishes…can’t believe it was $120 just to take measurements, ah, the things we do for our doggies!!!!

    1. Marcela says:

      Thanks:-) They charge that because before they can take the measurements for the brace they take X-rays of your dog. I told them that the vet that was referring me to them already took x-rays, but I was told that I needed to do it again. Sorry, but I think that is just a waste of time, money, and unnecessary sedation for Alex.

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