How to Keep Dogs From Reinjuring Themselves Again

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Keeping dogs from reinjuring themselves is something that you might need to do if he tore his ACL. Keep dogs from reinjuring themselves with help from a holistic pet professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jenn Fadal, founder of The Pack Mom. Today, this is all about how to prevent dogs from re-injuring themselves again. I have this experience personally when our dog Abe completely tore his CCL, which is his cranial cruciate ligament in his knee. Talk about a $2,500 surgery that we did not want to have happen again. So what to do, how do we prevent injury again on one or the other leg? Well, we followed the doctor's orders to a t. The cone of shame was Abe's best friend for probably two weeks at least. So he didn't re-injure by licking and opening his wound. Secondly, we followed doctor's orders as far as his prescriptions. He was on an anti inflammatory, he was on a pain killer, and they even offered us something to make him relax, which we didn't need, but I highly recommend if you have an injured dog to not skip his medications. Take them as directed by your veterinarian. Thirdly, and probably the most importantly, is we limited his exercise. He initially started out in a crate, and could only come and go to go to the restroom. Then we moved him into a smaller location where he was baby gated off from the rest of the home, and after several months of increasing his activity gradually, he was finally able to play as he normally would. Going forward though, the key to prevention is to always warm up your dog before any strenuous exercise. The best warm up in my opinion is a slow walk then gradually back to a fast paced, and then he's ready to run and jump and catch balls. So warm up is key and that really is how to prevent your dogs from re-injuring themselves again. I'm Jenn Fadal, thanks for watching.

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