Alex, wearing her brace and a sweater
Alex, my 12 1/2 year old canine companion, is a senior and I’ve realized that comfortable bedding for dogs should be high on a pet parent’s list, but much more so if your dog happens to be a senior dog. Alex loves to be close to a vent, as you can see in the above picture.
Alex’s other bed
Alex’s favorite bed is the one shown above. Yes, that is a heating pad. I paid a little over $100 for that bed, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that it was worth it. She loves it and it is pretty thick, which is great. Now that is cold Alex has a comfortable bed, a sweater she wears indoors, and a heating pad to keep her warm and help her with her mobility since she has an ACL injury. Have a great week.
It’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
By 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.
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Tagged ACL injury, agility, bed rest, dog brace, flexibility, heating pad, Physical therapy, walk