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It is really common for the other knee to go shortly after the first...that leg just takes so much weight and compensation for the injured leg.

In much smaller dogs, leaving the injured leg to heal on it's own (lots of rest and supportive care) often works, providing he is not a 'canine athlete'. Bigger dogs means more weight and this can be a problem.

To get a PROPER and fitted brace or orthotic for your dog (so he doesn't have chafing or pressure issues) can also be very expensive..so you may have to still really invest some dollars there so his life can be happy and relatively pain free. Braces are good and bad in the sense that it protects his stability but that the muscles surrounding the injured knee also NEED rehab so they don't become atrophied. I would talk to a good orthopod about this or a rehab doctor to determine what you can do to prevent those sort of problems. Usually this means wearing the brace most of the time but taking time OFF to work on stretching, massage and strengthening exercises as well.

Check out www.pawsability.ca for some info on orthotics..it's a Canadian site..but they may be able to help you find someone in the US, if that's where you are.
 
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