Today I would like to talk about Moist Heat and icing, and when to use both of these. So when we have an acute injury, ice is the first choice. We have lots of swelling and tissue inflammation initially, so we want to use Ice, which will vasoconstrict the blood vessels, and slow down the bleeding/swelling. When we use ice therapy, I prefer to use a gel ice pad that can be left in the freezer. Frozen veggies or popcorn kernels can also work if you need something quick.
Apply the ice pack for about 15 minutes two to three times daily, until swelling is better, or about a week or two after the initial injury. This also helps with pain initially, by taking the pressure and swelling down.
It is important not to do moist heat too quickly after a joint injury, as heat will vasodilate and increase blood flow to the affected area. We don’t want to do this when we have an initial injury with swelling present. After the first 2 weeks, we can start the transition to moist heat.
Now when applying an ice pack, a nice tip is to wrap the ice pack with warm wash cloth. This is a nice gradual cooling, instead of the initial cold shock. Your pup will thank you!
After 2 weeks, we will be switching to moist heat. To make your own moist heat, simply fill a sock with white rice (I double layer mine for washing). This makes a nice moist heat when you warm it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Wrap in a towel to make sure we don’t burn our pups.
Moist heat is different that dry heat, like an electric pad. Moist heat gets better penetration into the tissues, and is a very good pain relief. It opens up the area, so that our supplements can penetrate the area. Our knee does not have a great blood supply, so it is good to help with moist heat as much as we can. Do this 2-3 times daily for 15 minute intervals.
I like to do this before we walk, or start physical therapy. It relaxes and makes the knee comfortable. Do this process for up to 12 months, especially with meniscus tears. If you pup is sore after a walk, you can also do icing after the walk as well. Please let us know if you have any questions!
Today let’s go through a few questions regarding scar tissue. I hear a lot of misconceptions regarding this topic, and today would just like to clarify things a bit more. I hear a lot of recommendations of “oh, just wait 8 weeks, and see how it goes.” I just want to clarify that this is not correct, it will take much longer for scar tissue to mature, and 8 weeks is not enough time.
Let’s talk about the mechanics of the knee. The front of the knee is composed of 2 main bumps, the patella and the tibial tuberosity. The tibial tuberosity is on the Tibia bone, and above this sits our menisci. Then we have the femur bone above, with the patella. When we have a CCL tear, the bottom bone, or tibia, will thrust forward, causing abnormal movement in the knee. This is called Tibial Thrust. This is what your veterinarian will check for in the clinic. It may also be called a drawer sign.
So, scar tissue starts forming immediately , once the body has an injury to a ligament, to stop this movement. Basically, with conservative management, we are externally supporting that joint, allowing scar tissue to form, until we get to a point where there is no longer any movement.
Scar tissue takes 6 months to form to the juvenile state, and 9-12 months to fully mature. We suggest using the brace during any active times, to help this scar tissue heal. Any movement without the brace could lead to a re-injury of the scar tissue, and this could set us back a bit.
So, with a tear, we commonly see a lot of re-injury initially, before bracing. This can be a cycle until we get a brace on the knee to stabilize things. A re-injury is easy to do during the juvenile state. If this happens, just keep rested for 1 week, and resume our Physical Therapy schedule along with bracing. Too much too soon is not a good thing, this is not a race.
This is why it is so important to include Physical Therapy with our bracing, so that this scar tissue forms in the pattern we want it to. Range of motion allows the scar tissue to form in a healthy manor, and be more flexible. We do not want hard/stiff scar tissue to form, as this will decrease our mobility down the road. Please let me know if you have any questions!
anyone even considering putting their Dog through this grueling, debilitating,
very ineffective, and outrageously expensive surgery – READ THIS!
After reading the FACTS about TPLO surgery, you will start to realize that a torn ACL in Dogs can be effectively treeated with a Dog brace, particularly a custom Dog knee brace. That is 100% of what we make each day; the best Dog ACL brace.
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For five years, we have had many thousands of Dog parents tell us that their
vet told them the same false statement that our former vet told
us back in 2013, when our then 11 year old Beloved Golden Angel, Pasha, had a
complete CCL rupture and severely damaged meniscus in her left hind leg:
“Knee braces don’t work! You MUST get the TPLO surgery!!”
Most Dog parents are unaware of all the risks of Dog knee surgey, which, according to the AVMA, has a 35% serious complication rate. About half of the approximate yearly 1,200,000 cruciate surgeries, which produce the veterinarian industry some $2 BILLION each year, are TPLO [tibial plateau leveling osteotomy] .
On September 15, 2018, the AVMA published a documented report stating that: “dogs with a history of TPLO were 40 times as likely to develop proximal tibial osteosarcoma as were dogs with no history of TPLO.”
Dog parents, a FOUR times greater chance of getting osteosarcoma a/k/a/bone cancer, after the debilitating, painful and expensive TPLO surgery, is very alarming.
However, FORTY times a greater chance of a post-TPLO Dog who has endured the horrific TPLO procedure, getting bone cancer, at the top of its’ tibia, the closest point to the femur, is beyond frightening. The likelihood of the bone cancer spreading (metastasizing) is greater. Your Dog will then face: 1. amputation, or 2. the very real possibility that you will have to say an agonizing goodbye to your beautiful Dog child, years before you should have to.
If you cannot afford the average price tag of $3,000 to as high as $9,000, for just a TPLO surgery (not including physical therapy / followup checkups / complications / drugs etc), be very grateful.
Since a #PoshDogKneeBrace achieves the same end results as TPLO, TTA, and other cruciate surgeries, with NONE of the complications as surgery, why would you ever do what your vet said, and get surgery? Why not do what humans patients do when they have a similar knee ligament injury, called an ACL tear get: a brace and NO surgery?
A Dog knee brace will NOT cause bone cancer, infections, atrophy, drug complications, crating, and depression in your Dog – surgery surely does though. A brace for Dogs will cause: an immediate recovery process, as we have seen firsthand, in thousands of cases.
Don’t ask yourself twice: “should I put my beloved Dog through TPLO or other CCL surgery? Now that the unacceptable, and massive risks are publicly conceded by the AVMA, maybe you should ask yourself: 40 times.
Lastly, in 2005, the AVMA published the results of a study of the efficacy (effectiveness) of cruciate (knee ligament) surgeries. The report stated that TPLO surgery produced an improvement in only THIRTY FOUR percent of Dogs. Isn’t that wonderful – only ONE in THREE Dogs improve! That means 2 out of 3 do NOT improve after the horrific TPLO surgery. And now the AVMA admits TPLO surgery increases the odds of potentailly lethal bone cancer FORTY TIMES – NOT 40% – FORTY TIMES!!.
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years this weekend, our Beloved Golden Angel Pasha had a complete rupture of
her left hind leg and severely damaged meniscus. Our former vet demanded that
11 year old Pasha get TPLO surgery. She said “dog knee braces are
junk.” Then she admitted she had never seen one. Beth discovered Dog knee
braces. Jim would have rushed into TPLO surgery, because “the vet said
so.” Until Jim went to TiggerPoz.com and read the facts about the CCL
racket. Now TiggerPoz recommends the Posh Brace.
After ordering several inferior, but expensive braces, we saw that they did work, quite well. Pasha was able to bear weight on her leg immediately. But we wanted a brace that was better: rust proof parts, ladder straps and micro – buckles (not a lot of cheap velcro), and a more effective design. The other brace companies refused to modify the braces we had purchased (even after we offered another $400 to change each of them). All the custom dog knee brace companies seemed to lack empathy for Pasha. We suspect they have never been through seeing an 11 year old Dog, who was our child, limping in pain. Their customer service was seriously deficient. So we set out to correct these problems. A torn ACL in Dogs is very stressful for the Dog parents also.
We assembled a small team of experts, and in August 2013, Pasha wore the first Posh Brace. We named our new company after one of her nicknames: “Posh.” After nearly 5 months of prototyping, we started helping other Dogs.
Our first customer for our Dog knee brace was a 14 year old beautiful boy named Cody. He had cancer and was undertaking the hideous chemo (poison). Despite being the poorest candidate for CCL surgery, his vet went ahead and operated on Cody. The surgery failed. Cody had a 4 inch long inflamed, oozing incision on his knee, and could barely stand. We made a posh brace Cody on 12/17/13. It had to be built so as not to impinge on his painful incision. On 12/23/13, codys’ father, Brett, sent us this email:
Just got back from a 45 min walk for first time in three months! He had a blast and was smiling and marking every mailbox post ( even stood on his braced leg ) like it was nothing! Brace was great and will talk with you later this week!
Brett & Pam…Cody too!”
That set us on fire! For 2 reasons: 1. that we helped this old, infirm beautiful Dog and he could walk again with his Mom and Dad. 2. The sheer amoral avarice shown by some “vets” had to be disrupted.
Since then, we have continually added better designs. This is our 4th edition of the Posh Brace. 3 years ago, we eliminated the archaic casting requirement nightmare (using proprietary software to make a mold of your Dogs’ leg from measurements, pics and other data), and, the “concrete,” inflexible shells and created a flexible Posh Brace. As Beth, our Co-Founder says: “who has hard plastic shoes??” In 2016 we hired our first phenomenal Vet Tech, Nikki. In 2017 – 2018 we hired other great Vet Techs, including Jami.
Because of our thousands of loyal customers, now we help more Dogs recover from CCL injuries, with NO surgery, around the world, than any other custom Dog knee brace company. Thank you for letting us help your beautiful Dog!
Give your beautiful Dog a BIG hug for us!
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Learn the truth about chemo and radiation poisoning [“therapy”] and how they are NOT very effective.
Cancer caused by a microchip killed our Beloved Angel Pasha. [blog on this page]
Here’s a story about one of our customers, a beautiful 9
year old rescue named Rummy, who had his Posh Brace stolen from him. Well, when
we say we are obsessed with helping Dogs, we mean it. So a thief would not get
away with inhibiting Rummys’ recovering, we sent out a free $895 custom Posh
Brace replacement in 3 days, after the thief got away with Rummys’ 1st custom
Posh Dog Knee Brace.
If you like what we do to help Dogs every day, please SHARE this story with everyone and LIKE our FACEBOOK page, and tell all your pals with Dogs, that our custom Posh Brace helps Dogs avoid an expensive and risky knee ligament CCL/ACL surgery! Sure we lost money on this, BUT we are helping Rummy recover like our baby Pasha did 3 years ago. So we figure – we won.
Please help us to spread the word: most vets won’t do anything but make lots of $$$$ from surgery and do not mention Dog knee braces for Dog knee injuries, and our stifle brace works!
former vet offered us rimadyl to help with our Beloved golden Pashas’ CCL
injury in 2013. Since we had researched the considerable dangers of rimadyl,
previcox, metacam, carprofen and other NSAIDS like, we rejected it. This former
vet never told us anything about how harmful, even fatal, Rimadyl can be for
Unfortunately, the people in the story below, lost their precious Golden, Sophie, in 2009. Their vet did not mention the severe dangers of Rimadyl to these Dog parents. Their story, in part, is what helped saved Pasha from the significant risks of NSAID type anti – inflammatories.
You can read more info about NSAIDS and safe, effective, and homeopathic remedies at another blog here, called “Must read article about NSAIDS.”