One of the most heartbreaking mishaps in the life of any pet parent is when your dog gets an injury. You never want to see your pup limping. And, you know when they start that it could be the beginning of a long period of therapy, restricted movement, and may even lead to other health issues. Knee injuries, in particular, are painful and require isolation to heal. A common solution to knee injuries is a knee brace. However, there’s a lot of discussion about these being effective or not. Let’s discuss this.
Dog knee braces may be necessary when limited to no motion is a requirement for limb injury healing or to prevent further damage in a joint. In most cases, knee braces, also known as stifle braces, are necessary to limit the motion of a knee in a dog with an injury. In particular, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries are some of the most common knee injuries in dogs. Wearing a knee brace limits the movement of the leg which allows the tendons to heal.
In addition to ACL or CCL injuries, stifle braces can also be put to use for a wide variety of hind leg injuries including luxating patella and other conditions such as arthritis.
How a Knee Brace Works
Knee braces have come a long way. And, when you get one custom-made specifically for your dog, it helps keep their knee in place to allow their ACL injury to heal. Non-customized braces, splints, or neoprene braces are the best options after a custom-made knee brace.
A dog knee brace is meant to immobilize the joint to promote stabilization and allow the joint to heal. Limiting the flexion and extension of the knee joint allows the scar tissue to form a callus over the tear for healing. Stabilizing the knee joint serves several purposes. First, it reduces pain and inflammation, making your furry friend much more comfortable. Next, it helps balance a dog’s back and hips, which can prevent damage to other limbs and joints. A brace prevents your dog from putting undue stress on their healthy leg, thus decreasing the chances of damage to that leg.
Your veterinarian may give several options if your pet has a leg injury. These options may include medication, joint supplements, rest, a knee brace or worst case scenario surgery.
Pros and Cons of Knee Surgery
- Saving $2000+.
- The possibility that your dog will heal on their own.
- Option to take a less expensive and less invasive route to help them heal (e.g. a knee brace, joint supplements).
- Higher chance of joint issues.
- More likely to develop arthritis earlier in life.
- If the tear is severe enough it will take longer for them to get back to normal (if they do).
- May sustain an injury to the compensating limb.
How Flexpet May Help
Flexpet is a safe and all-natural way to help relieve pet joint pain and improve pet quality of life. Flexpet is the only pet product on the market using CM8. It’s designed to help with joint discomfort and inflammation in pets – without the use of prescription medication. Flexpet has been on the market for 20 years and is recommended by veterinarians. Flexpet is highly reviewed on Amazon by verified purchasers. Furthermore, Flexpet is made from human-grade ingredients, in the USA. It contains joint-mending ingredients including glucosamine sulfate, hydrolyzed collagen II, MSM, and vitamin C.
We strive to make it as easy as possible for new users to try Flexpet. We give a money-back guarantee so there is no risk. If you don’t feel like you saw results from Flexpet, you can return the empty bottles/pouches and we’ll refund your full purchase price (minus shipping and handling). We also have a fantastic and knowledgeable customer care team available to answer all of your questions at 1-800-505-0575.
Flexpet is available in a maximum strength soft chew product for large dogs and those in severe pain, as well as a regular strength chewable tablet (our standard formula). Both forms are tasty treats for our pets so they won’t even know they’re taking a supplement. If you have a dog who is suffering from joint discomfort, we encourage you to give Flexpet a try. You have nothing to lose but your dog’s pain!