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lax cruicate ligament

Old 04-14-2017, 03:17 PM
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My 22 month old Labrador has a slight tear in his left knee - the vet said it was a lax cruciate ligament and is common with Labradors. The orthopedic surgeon has recommend surgery - my question has any of you tried an alternative method of using shots of adequan and if so your results - this is a minor tear.
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Old 04-14-2017, 04:02 PM
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Everyone I know has had the surgery on their dogs. Small tears turn into major tears. If you don't have it done, you could wind up with a permanently lame dog.
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Old 04-14-2017, 05:54 PM
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Thanks Oldtimr for the information - I had just heard that a lot of the surgeries were not successful and if successful there is a 50% chance of the other knee going out. This is my 3rd Labrador and the first one to experience a tear.
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Old 04-14-2017, 06:12 PM
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Find a DVM who uses an Erchonia Cold Laser. It works very well for non-surgical repair of CCL tears.
Check at www.erchonia.com/ and www.vomtech.com/


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Old 04-14-2017, 07:01 PM
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Doc E - so glad you came and posted on this as I would never thought about laser treatment - there is even a DVM in my daughter's town that performs the treatment. I will check into it immediately - it is interesting that my dog's name is also DOC - have a wonderful Easter and again thanks so much for your posting.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:48 AM
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Not all lasers are created equal.
The only two that I trust are Erchonia or K Laser.


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Old 04-20-2017, 03:05 AM
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My family mutt Fannymae the wonder dog had to have TPLO surgery a couple years ago. She did well and shows no ill affects from it seems good as new. It was expensive but worth it now that she is sound again.
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Old 05-21-2017, 08:30 AM
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It has been a couple of weeks since my dog finished his laser treatments and he is doing great. I am glad that I came to this blog and discussed the issue - thanks to Doc for his suggestion, I tried the laser treatments even though two other vets had recommended surgery - laser may not work for every situation but so far it has been a success. He still have a couple more weeks of light activity before I continue his training.
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:42 PM
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I agree, get the surgery done.

After the surgery you're likely going to want to give your dog a joint supplement containing glucosamine, chondroitin, & MSM though. Studies have shown that joints with ligament damage are far more prone to arthritis, and this will help slow the progression of it.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:14 AM
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Glucosamine Sulfate (not HCl) and MSM for sure.
In an adult dog, Chondroitin has been shown to only have a 0,03% benefit.
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