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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.

Exercising Alex, My Senior Dog

exercisesenior1The above body language from Alex signals to me that she is ready to go around me making a circle while on a retractable leash a couple of times.  Oh boy, every time she does that I am dizzy, but I know she loves it.

Alex is 11 1/2 years old, and even at that age she is a very active senior dog.  After she got over her sprain, I started to walk her a little more each time and lately we have been taking walks 45 – 60 minutes long.  And you know what?  When we come home she runs around the house like the walk did nothing to her.  This past weekend she ran around me at full speed and fell down hard.  Yes, you guessed it.  She sprained her leg again, therefore she’ll be out of commission for a couple of weeks, yes, again.

Alex

Alex

Alex, to me, is the epitome of what an active dog is all about, but I know that she should not run like she used to so  I’ll do my best to stop her from running at full speed, and I’ll start looking for places that offer canine hydrotherapy.

I am a huge advocate for keeping dogs active, but make sure that your canine companion is not overdoing it, like in Alex’s case.  Even dogs that are very active will slow down as they age.  The goal is to fulfill your dog by tailoring exercise, diet, naps, etc., according to his age and needs.

IMG_4981My girl’s favorite pastime now is taking long naps, and my job now is making sure that she is comfortable, relaxed, and healthy.  Enjoy your senior dogs and have a great week.