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What is the Cranial Cruciate Ligament? The ACL in Dogs
This connective tissue in dogs is called the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) and it connects their bone below the knee (tibia) to their bone above the knee (femur). You can think of the CLL as a "dog ACL" and have the right idea!
The CCL is always load-bearing because dogs never unbend their knees while standing. In dogs, CCL injuries tend to come on gradually, becoming progressively worse until a tear occurs.Most commonly a dog who has torn their CCL will demonstrate stiffness (typically most noticeable after rest that follows exercise), as well as difficulty rising, jumping, and/or walking without a limp.
Treating a dog's ACL or, more accurately, CCL injury with a dog knee brace is a non-surgical option that may help to stabilize the knee joint in some dogs. The support provided by a knee brace gives the ligament time to scar over and repair itself.
What is Dog Knee Brace？
Dog knee Brace can be an invaluable tool for sprains, arthritis, ACL tears, a luxating patella, and other injuries. Some dogs can also benefit from wearing a dog knee brace to keep their knee stabilized to prevent a future injury. There are a variety of knee Brace on the Lovepluspet for large and small dogs.
How Dog Knee Brace Work?
Dog knee brace can be effective at providing support for injured or weak limbs. You should always talk to your vet if your dog is injured or has mobility issues so you can get the best medical guidance. Your vet can tell you if your dog may benefit from a brace and, if so, how to properly use dog brace.
How to Choose the Best Dog Knee Brace for My Dog?
When shopping for dog leg brace for dogs, there are several things to consider. Here, we discuss the sizing, material, compression, and stability of each dog leg brace to help you come to a decision.
1. Choose A Fit Size
A dog knee brace will not offer any support if it’s the wrong size and is not snug. Because of this, it’s important to get the right size for your furry friend. Most dog knee brace make them in a variety of sizes, so be sure to browse their options before investing in a brace.
2. Stronger Support
If your dog has joint problems and has difficulty standing, their joints need stronger support. Be sure to buy a dog leg brace with hinged metal splint. You don’t want the dog leg brace to bend or break as your dog moves.
Some of the best dog knee brace for torn ACL are made with neoprene! Neoprene joint braces provide compression and heat retention, keeping the area warm whilst also increasing blood circulation to promote healing.
Instructions for Correct Use of Dog Knee Brace
1. Allow up to two weeks for your pet to fully accept the dog brace.
2. Wear the brace for 30 minutes a day, increasing 30 minutes each day after, for up to 12 hours.
3. Consult your veterinarian for specific instructions on when to wear your brace.
4. Remove the brace when your animal sleeps at night.
5. Inspect your pet for signs of skin irritation. If any are present, contact your veterinarian.
6. In addition to wiping the brace clean, keep skin and fur that comes into contact with the brace clean.
7. Inspect your brace regularly for any damage.
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