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    Dog knee + Vet question

    Ok, So I will make a long story shorter. Two months ago I noticed after a day of skiing in which she took a tumble. that my dogs stride seemed slightly off. No real limping. She also seemed to be a little slower then normal. I gave her rest for a week and again she showed no signs of limping or pain. On my walks I still felt something was going on(I am a paranoid father). After a month I took her in to the vet. Vet felt the knees stretched the legs and told me she was fine. I thought I still noticed her stride was till off and ended up taking her back two weeks ago. The other vet in the clinic looked at her and told me she was fine. The local food store women recomended that I take her into a chiropractor/ acupuncture(did go to vet school). She happened to be in town this weekend(im 7 hours from the nearest city). So I took her into today. The chiropractor vet said the knee had no irregular movement but that the dog was looking at her when she was doing the manipulation. She also thought my pooch did have a funny stride(this was just walking a few feet in the vet office where my pooch is unhappy). She concluded that there was some damage to the knee. She said there was no need for surgery or anything like that. When I asked her about exercise she told me to give my dog as much as I like. I even asked if I could give her too much and she said no. She told me that if the acl was going to tear that there was nothing I could fo about it and the stronger the dog is the better.
    So now Im confused. Its been two months and the dog seems fine but maybe a little off. Two vets have told me she is fine and a third tell me there is maybe some issue but that I can run her as long as I want. Im not sure what advice Im looking for. I guess I will give her plenty of exercise and hope for the best.
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    Re: Dog knee + Vet question

    Slowly work the knee, keep ramping the workouts and you should start to see a bit of improvement as it becomes worked out. Remember to keep the workouts within the dogs physical range - if you see the knee bothering him/her a lot, back off, stretch the dog and start up slowly again.

    Dogs are like humans in the sense that they need to be warmed up and stretched before intense physical activity (as well as hydrated as this will provide for maximum healing of torn muscle tissue).

    You can also look into some join supplement or ask your vet for mild pain killers (to subdue some of the pain, if there is any, and allow the dog to actually workout the knee).

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    Re: Dog knee + Vet question

    I'm in the same situation as you. My pup hurt her knee awhile back and the vet said that it wasn't too sore and when he manipulated the leg he also said it didn't move in the motion it should and that it wasn't too bad and it is possible it could heal on it's own (slightly torn acl or ccl?) She hasn't limped in 2 months but I notice when she's running full force it tends to kick out to the side a little but no limping afterwards. I'm at a loss what to do now, if I should leave for more time and see if it gets sore in the colder months or what. If she does ever need it repaired I would like to get it done while she's still young. She's a strong girl and has a high tolerance of pain but.....

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    Re: Dog knee + Vet question

    Thanks for the replies. I found it strange that the acupunist said that there was no limit on exercise. Even when I mention long bike rides(probably should not do any rides longer then 10 miles anyways) she said no problem. Im going to continue her hikes(3-5 miles) and see if she how she does. Ill ramp it up from there(slowly).
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