When a dog suffers a torn ligament, the question often arises as to what can be actively done as a dog owner to support the dog’s healing process. There is a wide range of supportive measures and exercises that you can apply yourself (with appropriate guidance). Important here is always: these measures do not replace treatment by a veterinarian, but are intended as accompanying support. I would like to introduce you to some accompanying measures in the following. Torn ligament dog
Cooling is important – curd wrap torn ligament dog
The curd wrap is a cold wrap and can be used for acute pain therapy in inflammation and swelling. It works most efficiently in the first 24 to 72 hours of inflammation/irritation
How does the curd wrap work?
In general, cold decreases the speed of the nerve fibers that conduct pain. Therefore, cold has an analgesic effect, especially in acute pain. In addition, cold causes the vessels to contract. This slows down blood circulation and reduces cell metabolism. Thus, it has an anti-inflammatory and decongestant effect.
Quark itself is characterized by one more peculiarity:
One of the main components of curd is casein. When casein acts through the skin, it has an anti-inflammatory effect. Due to the fact that curd has a very high liquid content, this evaporates and thus creates a pleasantly cooling evaporative cold.
How to make it right? Torn ligament dog
It is best to take the curd out of the refrigerator a few minutes before use so that it is not too cold. Spread the curd about 0.5 cm on a linen cloth and fold it like a flat parcel. Place the packet on the area you want to treat. Torn ligament dog
Leave the poultice on for 10-15 minutes. If the curd becomes warm and crumbly, you should take off the wrap. Even if the curd is not in direct contact with the skin, it develops its full effect.
Since the curd absorbs the inflammatory substances, it is important that your dog does not lick the curd after application.
When is the curd wrap taboo?
- Open wounds
- Kidney or bladder infection
- Severe heart disease
- Arterial circulatory disorders
- Hypersensitivity to cold
Keep your dog under observation during application to avoid burns and overreactions. It must have the chance to escape at any time when the cold is uncomfortable. Please also check the area you are treating with the curd poultice at regular intervals. Torn ligament dog
If necessary, you can repeat the applications as often as you like.
Increase confidence in the affected walk using coordination & proprioception training.
Exercise: Running over different surfaces
Proprioceptive training strengthens self-awareness of the body and its position in space, as well as the position of individual body parts in space. This strengthens the body feeling and additionally promotes good coordination and balance.
The goal of the exercise is for your dog to consciously step on the different materials, walk slowly over them, and consciously experience the different materials. Depending on whether you train indoors or outdoors, you can use a wide variety of different materials, so that your dog does not get used to them.
Ideas for materials used:
- Bubble wrap
- Balance cushion
- A bowl with balls
- Bowl with cork
- Container with paper balls
- Doormat / coconut mat
- Yoga mat
- Plowed field
- Forest floor
- Pine cones, acorns, etc.
- Tall grass
When choosing materials, always make sure that your dog can’t hurt himself and that they are appropriate for your dog’s body size. The task is for your dog to walk slowly and very deliberately over the materials. Try to reward him between different ones if possible and not when he is on it. Otherwise he is distracted and it is over with the concentration.
Tip: If your dog is rather hectic, then lead him on a leash or place individual treats between the materials. Torn ligament dog
The exercise simultaneously improves the interaction between muscles, tendons, ligaments and nervous system.
Promotion of mobility and strengthening of the musculature through movement training
The presented exercise of proprioceptive training is of course only one of many different possible exercises. Which other exercises are used depends on the individual state of health of the dog and on the affected joint. Depending on whether the dog was treated surgically – and with what method, or conservative treatment was given, one should define movement exercises in consultation with the treating dog physiotherapist. It is not important that the exercises are as complex as possible, but that the dog can do them well and that healthy movements and everyday movements are encouraged. With a simple stand sit transfer, stand place transfer or even the paw give, you can already train very targeted and successful.
Help from nature by means of food supplements
There is a wide variety of supplements that specifically nourish and strengthen the dog’s joints. For example, collagen peptides are recommended for ligament injuries. But also green lipped muscle extract, chondroitin and glucosam perform well.
Torn ligament in dog – properly treated it can heal without permanent damage
Basically, a torn ligament is an injury that must be considered and treated very individually. However, there are a number of helpful measures you can use as a dog owner to promote healing. A torn ligament is easily treatable. It is important to take it easy on the dog as recommended by the treating doctors and therapists and give it time to recover. Torn ligament dog
All the love, Tina