1. ICE- Ice is the most potent anti-inflammatory on the planet

                         Ice is FREE

Ice has NO side effects.

Apply ice to your dog’s knee/stifle for 10-20 minutes. You can use a store bought gel pack, you can make your own by freezing 2 parts H2O : 1 part karo syrup or alcohol in a strong ziplock baggie, or you can freeze H2O in a dixie cup and rub it on your dog.

Repeat 2-4 times daily


  1. LEASH WALK ONLY TO POTTY- It is imperative that you strictly limit your dog’s exercise when they have a ACL/Cruciate Ligament Injury. The injured joint is unstable and exercise increases pain and arthritic changes.


  1. COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENTATION- Collagen contains amino acids that are necessary for building and healing ligaments, tendons and joints.  Muscle meat and dog kibble does NOT contain necessary collagen.



  1. WEIGHT LOSS- Your dog’s body weight plays a huge part in the injury and health of the ACL/Cruciate ligament. Lean animals and people live longer and have healthier joints.

You can start by only giving veggie treats- raw carrots, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts for a few ideas. Commercial treats have significant calories.

A point worth making-dogs count their treats, they don’t weight them. If you need to give a biscuit. Break it into pieces.

Kibble dog food is very high in carbohydrate calories whether it is grain free or not. Most kibble is made with either white potatoes, pea flour, rice, or corn.


Please consult your veterinarian or our office for questions on changing your dog’s diet.



Revitalize Your Dog

Laser therapy or photobiomodulation uses infrared light to stimulate the body’s own metabolic processes, thereby dramatically increasing healing, and reducing pain and inflammation.


  • Relieves Pain and Spasm
  • Increases Joint Flexibility
  • Improves and Promotes Healing
  • Faster Recovery Time

Infrared light therapy - How does it work?

Visible red and invisible near infrared energy are absorbed by photoreceptors in each cell. Oncebone-joint-pain-get-up-and-go-dog-supplement absorbed, the light energy stimulates the body’s natural processes on a cellular level...

1. Increasing circulation and the formation of new capillaries allowing the injured area to receive more oxygen and nutrients to initiate and maintain the body's natural healing process immediately reducing pain, inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, and stiffness

3. Increasing phagocytosis, the bodies process of cleaning up of dead or damaged cells, which also helps control infection

4. Increasing lymph system activity helping to prevent lymphedema (localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system) ensuring efficient clean up and detoxification of the wounded area without overtaxing the lymph system.

5. Stimulating the production of fibroblasts, which synthesizes collagen, elastin, and proteoglycans in the final healing phases.

6. Stimulating tissue granulation, the forming of new connective tissue and tiny blood vessels.

Clinical effects include reduced inflammationpain reliefincreased circulationimproved mobility and accelerated healing.

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 Laser therapy is non-invasive:

  •   No stress to your pet
  •   No side effects
  •   No sedation or restraint required

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  • Options for Cranial Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries in Dogs

Is surgery the best option for your dog’s cruciate ligament injury? It might be. But you should be educated that there are other great options that may be appropriate for your dog. Many dogs do well without surgical management. Non-surgical treatment options include laser therapy, acupuncture, prolotherapy, stifle orthosis(brace), and physical therapy.
I love my profession of veterinary medicine. One of the things that I cherish most about being a veterinarian is working together with clients to choose the best option for their beloved pet’s care.                                                                                        I believe that each dog should be considered as an individual case when determining treatment for a cranial cruciate ligament injury. In my veterinary integrative and rehabilitation practice 70% of my cases involve one or both of the cranial cruciate ligaments. I work together with owners to determine the best course of treatment for them and their dog.

To illustrate, I will share with you a tail of 3 vibrant yellow Labrador Retrievers. Tedy, Nemo and Reichert.

Tedy’s cruciate ligament injury was treated with a conservative approach of ice, rest, Class IV Laser Therapy, Prolotherapy and a custom tailored rehabilitation program. In addition, nutritional supplements and Chinese herbs were used. Tedy currently goes on a  2 mile walk daily, and regularly enjoys the swimming at the beach.

Tedy 1










Nemo’s cruciate ligament injury was also treated with ice, rest, Class IV laser therapy and a custom tailored rehabilitation program. But Nemo received a custom brace otherwise known as an Orthosis. The brace provides support for the stifle joint while allowing Nemo at 11 years old, to partake in all of his desired activities.

Dory and Nemo










Reichert had injury to both of his cruciate ligaments. I referred him to a surgeon who performed a TPLO on the more severe of the injuries. A custom Orthosis was made for the other limb. Reichert also followed a rehabilitation program. He is 10years old, swims often and walks 30-45 minute twice daily.


Three different routes to success.  A different treatment protocol was chosen for each of these dogs. But the outcome for all was success!  Happy, active, healthy dogs. I shared the tail of these three dogs because they were the same breed, size, and personality type, but each was considered as an individual case.

To learn more about custom stifle braces visit orthopets.com.

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