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Supporting Your Dog’s Physical Rehabilitation

Dogs undergoing physical therapy sessions can heal from wounds or surgeries more swiftly and with wider range of motion. Additionally, visiting a canine rehabilitation therapist doesn’t cost much.

Supporting Your Dog's Physical Rehabilitation

Although it’s incorrect to refer to professionals who help humans as “physical therapists,” canine rehabilitation therapists offer the same services to dogs. With the increasing availability of dog physical therapy, some veterinarians have pursued post-doctoral studies in acupuncture, chiropractic, pain management, and other rehabilitation modalities.

For instance, the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) provides information on the efficacy of this method for managing pain and function loss resulting from disease or injury to veterinarians, veterinary surgeons, and pet owners. In an effort to better serve the special needs of working and athletic animals, including those with chronic conditions like arthritis and neurologic impairments, the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation was established more recently.

Dog physical treatment typically starts with a referral to a canine rehabilitation therapist if your veterinarians do not specialize in rehabilitation themselves. These experts complete credentialing programs that concentrate on canine anatomy and physiology, common medical conditions and injuries, assessment methods, pain recognition, and rehabilitation programs to obtain credentials like CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) and CCAT (Certified Companion Animal Rehabilitation Therapist). Among the therapies they provide are:

  • therapeutic exercises
  • manual therapy
  • massage therapy
  • balance training
  • strength and conditioning exercises
  • swimming and hydrotherapy
  • gait training
  • proprioceptive training
  • therapeutic lasers
  • chiropractic adjustments
  • acupuncture/acupressure
  • electrical stimulation
  • thermal treatment with heat or cold
  • mobility products for pets
  • knee or leg braces
  • canine wheelchairs
  • magnetic field therapy
  • pain management strategies

It’s crucial to remember that the field of canine rehabilitation treatment is evolving quickly due to the availability of new technologies and methods as well as ongoing research, which makes continuing education and staying up to date for rehabilitation therapists essential.

What Issues Are Treated by Canine Rehabilitation Therapists?

Dog physical therapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic diseases, much like comparable human treatments. A canine rehabilitation therapist may be able to assist with techniques, specialized equipment, and at-home exercise routines if your dog is in pain, has lost strength or flexibility, has an uneven gait or loss of balance, is recuperating from an accident, injury, surgery, or illness, or has chronic symptoms that interfere with favorite activities.

  • Hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, and cruciate ligament injuries are examples of orthopedic diseases that respond to exercise, pain relief, and weight control.
  • Rehabilitative exercise is necessary for neurological diseases such Invertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), degenerative myelopathy, and peripheral nerve injuries in dogs in order to preserve mobility, encourage nerve recovery, and enhance their quality of life.
  • After surgery, amputation, and bone mending, post-surgical rehabilitation is performed to promote healing, regain function, and avoid problems. Many therapies hasten the healing process following surgery.
  • Therapies that encourage healing and restore function help patients with musculoskeletal injuries, such as sprains, strains, ligament injuries, and muscle tears, heal more quickly. In addition to promoting relaxation, bettering circulation, easing muscle tension, and enhancing joint mobility, manual therapy, massage, and other hands-on treatments can lessen pain and stiffness.
  • Sports injuries in active, athletic dogs participating in contests or other strenuous activity include muscle strains, ligament sprains, and joint problems. Several techniques for physical rehabilitation support healing and a safe return to pre-injury activity levels.
  • Dog health and happiness are negatively impacted by age and weight-related conditions such as obesity, degenerative joint disease, muscle weakness, and decreased mobility. Physical therapy assists overweight dogs in regaining mobility, preventing common ailments, and increasing their level of fitness.

Certain therapies call for tools that you may use at home, like ramps, platforms, balance pads, cushions, and discs. Clinic consultations are necessary for other equipment, like swimming pools, treadmills for dogs, and electronic/magnetic gadgets.

Locating a Rehabilitation Therapist for Dogs

In order to ensure that their dogs have comprehensive physical assessments and that the therapist can contact the veterinarian with any necessary medical treatments or diagnoses, the majority of canine rehabilitation therapists choose to collaborate with veterinarians. Meanwhile, other dog owners have put together their own teams for physical therapy, working directly with holistic practitioners such as massage therapists, chiropractors, and canine acupuncturists. Go to AHVMA.org, the website of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and select “Find a Member” to locate veterinarians who specialize in nutrition and complementary therapies that improve healing and rehabilitation.

What to Anticipate During Your Initial Visit

A physical examination, which includes noting the dog’s stride, movement, structure, flexibility, strength, muscle tension, sore spots, and mobility, is the first step in seeing a canine rehabilitation therapist. The therapist will have time to get to know the dog and owner, go over the owner’s improvement and treatment objectives, and talk about the dog’s medical history and behaviors during what may be an hour-long session.

It could be beneficial to record your dog walking or moving in various directions both inside and outside as canine rehabilitation specialists concentrate on mobility and movement. Include the dates, diagnoses, and treatments of any specific illnesses, injuries, or incidents that have impacted mobility in your documentation.

The primary objective of the first visit is to create a strategy using the technology, tools, and therapies that are suitable. This frequently includes the suggestion of certain workouts to improve the muscles weakened by disease or trauma. Usually, these are made specifically for the patient to incorporate into an at-home workout regimen. Dogs that are healing from surgeries or accidents, or whose hind legs are weakening, may find that at-home exercise is very beneficial.

A follow-up plan can contain notes to distribute around family members to ensure that everyone can take part in the rehabilitation process and encourage the dog’s progress. This way, everyone in the family can help your dog heal.

Your dog’s progress will be meticulously documented by your canine rehabilitation therapist, who will also keep track of the specific therapies your dog has received, evaluate the effectiveness of rehabilitation plans, create exercise schedules that you and your dog can follow at home, schedule check-ups to record the healing process, and assess your home for any potential effects on the dog’s functional status.

How Much Are the Treatments?

Costs for veterinarian visits vary based on the type of treatment required, the therapist’s training and experience, and the location. Individual treatment sessions can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 or more, and initial consultations usually run between $100 and $200. The number of sessions needed for treatment determines the overall cost. Costs can be cut by using do-it-yourself therapies and home fitness regimens.

As long as the dog is insured prior to being sick or wounded, several pet insurance companies will pay for holistic and alternative therapies, including canine rehabilitation. For this reason, insurance specialists advise getting coverage for young, healthy dogs well in advance of the onset of any pre-existing conditions that might prevent coverage.

You understand the value of rehabilitation therapy if you have ever worked with a physical therapist following a disabling injury or illness, a broken bone, or a torn ligament. When the time comes, as an informed pet owner, you can be prepared to provide the same hands-on care for your dog by locating a canine rehabilitation therapist.

For more information on your dog physical therapy and how our Posh Dog Knee Brace helps in your dogs recovery contact us via our contact form or visit our Facebook page.

Dog Knee Injury? Brace Yourself:

After knee injury surgery, custom braces can benefit your dog and in certain cases, can take the place of surgery.

It has been ten years since WDJ investigated the nonsurgical treatment of knee ligament problems, or “conservative management” (see “Saying ‘No’ to Surgery,” February 2010). Since then, there has been an increase in consumer demand for alternative therapies, such as the usage of custom-designed knee braces, even though surgery is still by far the most common therapy for knee injuries.

Canine ligament injuries are so common that almost every veterinarian has seen one. A dog may be completely unable to bear weight on the limb, exhibit a noticeable limp, or show signs of hind-leg lameness, depending on the severity of the damage. A partial or complete tear of a ligament could be the injury.

Knee Injury in Dogs? Brace Yourself

Canine Cruciate Ligament Disease

The terms “torn ACLs” and “bad knees” are well-known in the canine community. Knowing what these terms represent will be helpful if your dog sustains a knee injury that needs to be treated by a veterinarian.

The phrase “canine cruciate ligament disease” refers to a number of injuries that can harm a dog’s knee in this article. In general, the phrase uses the word “disease” appropriately because most dog knee ligament ruptures occur during normal exercise, despite the fact that the majority are the result of catastrophic injuries.

Additionally, several studies indicate that the majority of knee ligament injuries are caused by chronic degenerative changes within the ligament, as stated in an article titled “Review of Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease in Dogs” that was published in the World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings in 2011.


Ligaments are bands of connective tissue that strengthen and support joints by joining bones to cartilage.

With the patella (kneecap) in front and the fabella (a tiny bean-shaped bone) behind, the stifle (knee) joins the tibia (leg bone) and femur (thigh bone). Ligaments hold everything in place while cartilage (the lateral and medial meniscus) cushions the bones.

Within the knee joint, the cranial (front) and caudal (back) cruciate ligaments cross. The tibia cannot move out of place beneath the femur because of the cranial cruciate ligament. While the words “cranial cruciate ligament” (CCL) and “anterior cruciate ligament” (ACL) are used in veterinary medicine and human medicine, respectively, they relate to the same ligament and are used to characterize knee injuries in dogs.

Despite the fact that radiographs, or x-rays, do not show soft tissue and cannot be utilized to distinguish between a partial and total tear or diagnose cruciate injuries, they are frequently used to screen for cruciate ligament illness. However, they can rule out other illnesses that might be the source of leg discomfort, such as bone cancer. Dogs rarely undergo advanced imaging tests like MRIs because they are costly and necessitate anesthesia, even though they can show tears in the ligaments.

The “drawer test,” which involves a veterinarian holding the femur in one hand while manipulating the tibia in the other, is the primary diagnostic method for CCL rips. Should the tibia be able to be pulled forward, as though opening a drawer, there has been a tear or rupture in the cruciate ligament. nervous patients may be anesthetized prior to the drawer test since it can be inconclusive if the stiff muscles of a nervous dog briefly stabilize the knee.

Another test for ligament damage is the tibial compression test, in which the dog’s ankle is flexed with one hand while the femur is kept steady with the other. The abnormal forward movement of the tibia is caused by a damaged ligament.

According to a recent estimate that has been cited by a number of veterinary websites, over 600,000 dogs in the US undergo cruciate ligament surgery annually.

Canine cruciate ligament disease risk factors include genetics, obesity, poor physical condition, conformation (skeletal shape and structure), age of the ligament (degeneration), and breed, according to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (acvs.org). Rather than being ruptured due to an acute impact to an otherwise healthy ligament, most ligament ruptures occur as a result of slow, subtle degeneration that has occurred over months or even years. Between 40 and 60 percent of dogs with damage to one cruciate ligament later have damage to the other knee. According to the ACVS, if a partial cruciate ligament rupture is not treated, it is likely to eventually become a full tear.

According to the ACVS, CCL injuries can occur in dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages, although they are most frequently seen in Rottweilers, Newfoundlands, Mastiffs, Akitas, Saint Bernards, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers.

There is a significant correlation between neutering before one year of age and ruptured cruciate ligaments. The study “Assisting Decision-Making on Age of Neutering for 35 Breeds of Dogs: Associated Joint Disorders, Cancers, and Urinary Incontinence” (Benjamin Hart, et al.) was published in the journal Frontiers of Veterinary Science on July 7, 2020. It revealed that early neutering of male Bernese Mountain Dogs, Cocker Spaniels, and Miniature Poodles; male and female German Shepherd Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Rottweilers; as well as female Saint Bernards and Australian Cattle Dogs significantly increased risk of cruciate ligaments.

The study’s conclusion was, “A likely mechanism related to disruption of the closure of the long-bone growth plates by gonadal hormone secretion as the animal approaches maturity is related to early neutering may cause a joint disorder.” According to our theory, neutering a dog well before the growth plates close allows its long bones to grow slightly longer than average. In some cases, this can cause enough joint alignment problems to cause a clinically noticeable joint condition.

Similar findings were observed in mixed breeds, particularly for dogs weighing 44 pounds or more and neutered before one year of age, according to a related study, “Assisting Decision-Making on Age of Neutering for Mixed Breed Dogs of Five Weight Categories: Associated Joint Disorders and Cancers” (Frontiers of Veterinary Science, July 31, 2020, Benjamin Hart, et al.).

There is nothing owners can do to reverse a dog’s neuter status, but there are plenty of things we can do to save our vulnerable pets’ knees. Excessive body weight and poor physical condition are risk factors for the development of canine cruciate ligament illness, as stated on the ACVS website. Pet owners have the ability to alter each of these aspects. Maintaining a lean body mass requires careful meal control, regular exercise, and consistent physical conditioning.


Custom braces—which go by numerous names including knee, stifle, ACL, or CCL braces—are made by several manufacturers using various materials and techniques. Braces are also made to fit the hocks, hips, ankles, and wrists of dogs.

In order to assess how strong the brace needs to be in order to support the dog’s weight and activities, as well as any unique features the brace might need, the first step in designing a bespoke brace is to analyze the patient’s size, breed, medical history, activity level, and environment.

Next, casts or detailed measurements create a model of the dog’s knee. The last step is to schedule a fitting visit, where any necessary modifications are performed and images and videos of the dog exercising while wearing the brace are taken.

The dog wears the brace during the day after a break-in period. “Most dogs put it on in the morning and take it off in the evening before bed,” the owner says.


The majority of custom brace designs are based on leg models that were cast at the client’s house or in a veterinary clinic using supplies supplied by the brace maker. For the purpose of designing the brace to fit, the resultant cast is supplied together with supporting measurements. Castings that are damaged during shipment or that were made erroneously may require repeat castings. The visit raises the price of the brace if it is performed at a veterinary facility.

The 77-pound Golden Retriever Pasha, then 11 years old, suffered a left hind leg injury that led to the creation of the Posh Dog Knee Brace seven years ago. Pasha’s veterinarian determined that he had a torn meniscus and a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament. He advised surgery immediately once, stating that if the damage was not repaired, Pasha would suffer a similar lesion to his right leg, develop severe arthritis, and be unable to live an active life again.

Although Jim Morison and Beth Scanlon, who live in Florida, could afford the $5,000 surgery, they were concerned about Pasha’s age and past medical history, which included a bad anesthetic response. Pasha’s recuperation started when they ordered a custom-made knee brace rather than arranging surgery.

Although Morison was pleased with Pasha’s development, he felt that the brace might be made better in a few areas. He started creating modifications and, in the process, established his own knee brace business, which he called Posh after one of Pasha’s pet names. Pasha was swimming at the beach and running through tide pools six months after donning her upgraded brace, and she was fully recovered in nine months.

“We now use a different design, but we started with the type of brace that requires a casting mold,” says Nikki Bickmore, lead veterinary technician at Posh, who also manages the service department and production.

“Posh assembled a group of orthotists and veterinarians to create a new system that would do away with casting,” Bickmore adds. As a result, the brace has many padding layers and is semi-rigid rather than hard plastic, allowing it to adapt to the dog’s muscles as they contract and flex. The only brace that incorporates double-reinforced hinges from the Tamarack brand, positioned on two layers of plastic, to strengthen the brace at important stress locations is ours. The brace fastens with quick-release microbuckles, which are common in expensive snow and water sports gear, and fits without causing any rubbing, irritation, or slippage.

Ordering is sped up and slowed down by using measurements rather than casting to create a replica of the dog’s leg. Most braces come within a week after precise measures are given, but buying takes longer since clients need to watch instructional videos and take measurements with two individuals during a live video conference while a veterinary technician watches over them. A Posh vet tech must supervise the fitting of a brace during a second video chat before it can be worn.

The fact that our braces fit well and are simple to use is what most people appreciate about them, according to Bickman. They appreciate that our solution uses buckles and straps instead of Velcro, which can tangle in a dog’s hair. Because we use a soft shell instead of a hard one, the brace is more pleasant to wear, has greater range of motion, is long-lasting, and is very simple to clean.

Three-year-old Howdy, an Australian Cattle dog, was born with incontinence, spina bifida, and nerve damage in his hind end. Bickman states, “He’s a favorite of the Posh staff.” He was adopted by Alicia McLaughlin at the age of six months. Shortly after, he had a tear to his CCL and also had a luxating patella. Many believed that he ought to be put to death, but thanks to bracing, Alicia, and a lot of love and patience, he is now happily living in the country in New York.


Don’t think that just because your dog starts favoring one leg over the other, the issue will go away. That could be, but it could also be a sign of cruciate ligament damage. To be sure, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Both surgery and brace use need to be carefully considered. The proper usage of the custom-fitted braces discussed here requires time and attention commitments, and they are not cheap. Not every owner or dog is a suitable candidate for bracing. Information collection and a realistic grasp of the issues at hand are essential for making wise judgments.

For more information about our Posh Dog Knee Brace contact us via our contact page or visit our Facebook Page.

Braces for Dogs with a Torn ACL

The best ACL/CCL brace for a dog is custom-made and sturdy.

Absolutely, custom-made braces can be a great solution for dogs with a torn ACL (also known as the cranial cruciate ligament or CCL). Here are some points to consider when looking for a brace for a dog with a torn ACL:

Braces for Dogs with a Torn ACL

Why a Custom Brace key points:

  1. Custom Fit: Custom-made braces are tailored to your dog’s specific measurements, ensuring a snug and supportive fit. This is crucial for stability and comfort.
  2. Quality Materials: The best braces are made from durable and lightweight materials, allowing your dog to move without too much restriction while providing the necessary support.
  3. Professional Guidance: When getting a brace for your dog, it’s best to work with a veterinarian or our Vet Tech at Posh Dog Knee Brace. They can ensure the brace is fitted correctly.
  4. Purpose of the Brace: Understand that a brace for a torn ACL is not a cure. It’s a supportive device that can help stabilize the joint, potentially aiding in pain management and improving mobility during recovery and rehabilitation.
  5. Follow-Up Care: Using a brace often involves a period of adjustment and follow-up appointments to ensure it’s working effectively. Make sure you’re prepared for the maintenance and check-ins required to ensure your dog’s comfort and recovery.

Your dog’s veterinarian might suggest surgery if he/she tore his/her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). That may cause stress for your wallet, your dog, and you. You may be wondering if you can give your dog appropriate comfort and care while using an ACL dog brace in order to avoid surgery for your dog’s torn ACL. Indeed you can, but only if you get your dog a quality ACL brace, like our Posh Dog Knee Brace.

If you’re wondering if your dog has an ACL tear, the symptoms of an acute rupture are quite typical. Usually, the dog yells and stops bearing any weight on its rear leg when it is running and playing. The dog will frequently still walk around but may sometimes run on three legs and hike up or hang the injured limb.

Dog ACL Torn Surgery

For the majority of cruciate tears, surgery in the form of a tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO) is the best course of action; however, ACL braces are also showing to be an effective remedy.

Dog owners who participated in a study comparing TPLO surgery and custom stifle orthotics reported high levels of satisfaction with both procedures. The phrase “custom stifle orthotics” was used in the study. You might be tempted to order an all-dog cloth brace online in an effort to get one quickly and at a low cost. Your dog doesn’t require that in order to support its torn ACL. Your dog requires a specially made brace composed of durable material. Although many excellent companies make custom braces for a dog with an ACL tear, Posh Dog Knee Brace is a good option to take into consideration.

Restoring stifle joint stability is the aim of treatment for your dog’s torn ACL. The famous “drawer sign,” which happens when the veterinarian holds the femur in place while the tibia can be pulled forward like a sliding drawer, is caused by your dog’s unstable stifle due to the loss of an intact ACL/CCL. It’s a sign that the CCL has ruptured. Pain results from this laxity, which also promotes the growth of osteoarthritis.

No Fast Treatment for Dogs’ Torn ACLs

It follows that neither braces nor surgery are a quick fix. A brace may occasionally be recommended by a veterinarian to aid in your dog’s recovery following surgery or be recommended as a alternative option instead of surgery as well.

Whichever approach you decide on, consult your veterinarian or one of our Posh Vet Tech for advice and direction as you help your dog heal as well as to ensure that you have the right diagnosis.

If you think a brace might be a good option for your dog, contact us today via our contact form or call us at 509-412-3065. You can also visit our Facebook Page.

How many Hours a Day Should My Dog Wear the Brace?

Hi guys, this is Nikki Lead Veterinary Technician with Posh Dog Knee Braces, and today let’s discuss how many hours a day your dog should wear a knee brace.  Now this also really depends on what we are treating.  If we have a full CCL tear with meniscus involvement, I may suggest you use the brace more often than a patient with a partial tear. 

Also, how much energy your dog has is a big factor on how many hours you really need to be using the brace.  Some brace companies say wear the brace all day long, with no breaks.  This can lead to a lot of problems initially, if you have not properly broken in the wearing time of your brace. 

How Many Hours a Day to Wear the Brace

If you have a high energy dog, one that dives off of stairs and furniture, and is harder to control, you may be advised to use the brace a bit more.  Now, we only suggest using braces during times that your dog is supervised.  This is a medical device, and should not be worn without direct supervision.  I would suggest starting out slow, just using the brace during walks and activities hours your veterinary technician will go over with you.  Once your dog has been using the brace well, and you feel more confident, you can begin to increase the amount of time (hours) your dog uses the brace. 

I still like to give breaks during the day, especially if there is a time they like to lay down and nap.  For instance, using the brace for 2 to 3 hours in the morning, while they get the wiggles out, go potty, walk, and breakfast is perfectly fine.  You may then opt to remove the brace during lunchtime, as most dogs calm down around this time.  Then, you can place the brace back on in the afternoon, and remove prior to going to bed.  This is just a suggested scenario, but again you do need to continue monitoring them with the brace. 

We do not suggest any patient to wear the brace 8-12 hours a day, as anything that is worn that long on human or dog can cause skin irritation.

If your dog is pretty chill, relaxed, and only really active outside (such as giant breeds), then I would suggest using the brace just for activities.  These can include walks, car rides, when someone comes to visit, playing with another dog, stairs, ect.  If they spend most of their time laying down, it would not be comfortable to leave a brace on all day long.  Let them get cozy, but we will be suggesting some Physical therapy activities to help prevent atrophy.

Put a sign outside your door, this will help discourage people from ringing the doorbell or knocking.  Most dogs react to hearing a knock and doorbell, so if we can cut back on those times that will really help with preventing re-injury.  Instead, put your phone number on the sign, so they can text you if someone arrives to visit.

Always feel free to speak to your service veterinary technician with any questions, that is what we are here for!  Thank you, and give your dog a big hug for us!

You can contact us via our contact page or visit our Facebook page for more information.

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The Posh Dog Knee Brace is a 100% custom Dog knee brace, hand made only for your Dog. We make our custom brace with no casting. Our state-of-the-art brace for Dogs is very durable, waterproof, sand proof, and easily adjustable by customers. Our Veterinary Technicians provide personal live video supervision of measuring, and fitting of your Dog ACL brace in the comfort of your own home.

5 Key Aspects to Dog Knee Braces

Dog knee braces, also known as stifle braces, are orthopedic devices designed to provide support, stability. These braces are commonly used in the management of various knee-related issues, including ligament injuries, osteoarthritis, or after surgical procedures. The science behind dog knee braces involves biomechanics, support, and the promotion of healing. Here are some key aspects:

5 Key Aspects to Dog Knee Braces

Key Aspects to Dog Knee Braces

  1. Biomechanical Support:
    1. Stability Enhancement: Knee braces aim to provide additional stability to the knee joint, particularly when ligaments are compromised. This stability helps prevent excessive movement that could exacerbate the injury or hinder the healing process.
    1. Joint Alignment: Braces are designed to maintain proper alignment of the knee joint, ensuring that forces are distributed evenly, reducing stress on specific areas and promoting more natural movement.
  2. Post-Surgical Support:
    1. Rehabilitation Aid: After surgical procedures, such as cruciate ligament repair, knee braces are often used as part of the rehabilitation process. They provide support to the healing structures, assist in maintaining the correct joint position, and protect against excessive stresses during the recovery period.
  3. Customization and Fit:
    1. Individualized Design: Many dog knee braces are designed to be adjustable and customizable to fit the specific anatomy of the dog. This ensures a snug and comfortable fit, optimizing the effectiveness of the brace.
    1. Material Selection: Braces are typically made from materials that are lightweight and supportive
  4. Rehabilitation and Exercise:
    1. Facilitating Controlled Movement: Knee braces are often used during controlled exercise or rehabilitation sessions. They allow for controlled movement, preventing excessive stress on the injured area while promoting the engagement of supporting muscles.
  5.  Reducing Secondary Complications:
    1. Preventing Secondary Injuries: By providing support and stability, knee braces can help prevent secondary complications that may arise due to altered gait or weight distribution resulting from a knee injury.

While knee braces can be beneficial, they are not a one-size-fits-all solution, and their effectiveness may vary depending on the nature and severity of the knee issue. Always consult with a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and guidance on the use of knee braces for your dog’s specific condition.  Also check the materials, and make sure the brace is custom.

If you are interested in a Posh Dog Knee Brace you can order online or contact us with more information, visit our Facebook Page to see what our customers have to say.

8 Activity-Related Dog Injuries

Dogs can be prone to injuries related to various physical activities. Understanding the types of injuries associated with specific activities can help dog owners take preventive measures and seek appropriate veterinary care when needed. Here are common activity-related dog injuries:

Activity-Related Dog Injuries

8 Activity-Related Dog Injuries

  1. Running and Jumping:
    1. Muscle Strains: Dogs, especially active breeds, may experience muscle strains from sudden acceleration, deceleration, or awkward landings during running or jumping activities.
  2. Agility Training:
    1. Sprains and Strains: Dogs participating in agility courses may experience sprains or strains, particularly in joints and soft tissues, due to sudden twists, turns, or jumps.
  3. Frisbee and Fetch:
    1. Soft Tissue Injuries: Overexertion during games of fetch or frisbee can lead to soft tissue injuries, including strains, sprains, or even ligament tears.
  4. Biking and Jogging:
    1. Overexertion: Long-distance running or biking can lead to overexertion, dehydration, and heat-related issues. Pay attention to your dog’s fitness level and provide water breaks.
  5. Aggressive Play with Other Dogs:
    1. Soft Tissue Injuries: Dogs engaged in rough play can sustain injuries such as bruises, muscle strains, or even more severe injuries if play becomes too aggressive.
  6. Skateboarding or Scootering:
    1. Muscle Strains and Joint Stress: Dogs engaging in activities like skateboarding or pulling scooters may experience muscle strains or stress on joints, especially if they are not conditioned for these activities.
  7. Catching Toys in the Air:
    1. Joint Injuries: Dogs that repeatedly jump to catch objects in the air may be prone to joint injuries, particularly in the hips and knees.
  8. Aggressive Ball Retrieval:
    1. Oral Injuries: Dogs that obsessively retrieve balls may wear down their teeth or suffer oral injuries. Monitor for signs of dental issues.

Preventing activity-related injuries involves being mindful of your dog’s limitations, ensuring they are adequately conditioned for the activity, and providing proper warm-up and cool-down periods. Regular veterinary check-ups can help detect and address any underlying health issues that might predispose a dog to injuries during physical activities. If an injury occurs, prompt veterinary attention is essential to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

For more information about related injuries or if you would like information about our brace contact us via our contact form or visit our Facebook page.

Break-In schedule for a Custom Posh Brace

Hello!  This is Nikki, Lead Veterinary Technician with Posh Dog Knee Braces.  Today let’s go over how to break-in a new Posh Custom Dog Brace.  First, we want to take things nice and slow.  You wouldn’t take a brand new pair of boots to Disneyland resort for 10 miles of walking each day I hope.  Neither should we put a custom brace on a dog for 8-12 hours without first working into that time.  Just like in people, a dog’s skin needs some time to get adjusted to wearing something. 

Over the next few weeks, as we gradually increase the times we have them in the brace, the skin will start to thicken and get stronger.  Just like our feet do with a new pair of shoes.  After a few short weeks, they should be able to tolerate wearing the brace longer and longer.

Break-In schedule for a Custom Posh Brace

Break-In schedule

In the first 1-2 weeks, we suggest only using the brace during short leashed walks.  This is to get your dog used to walking in the brace, to prevent soreness, and to get their skin used to having something touching.  It can take a patient sometimes up to 3-4 weeks for the soreness in the muscle to get better, just like if we did physical therapy. 

You wouldn’t want to run a 10K marathon with no practice or training, right?  Even if your dog was walking 4+ miles each day before the injury, we now have atrophy and muscle loss (yes even if its only been a few weeks).  Starting out with nice slow walks, and building up the times slowly, will really help prevent soreness and rubbing issues.

We typically don’t see rubbing sores with Posh, because we are so clear on our direction to our clients.  Wearing the brace gradually more and more each week, really helps them adapt to having something touching their sensitive areas.  The upper groin and ankle area seem to be the most common areas we see any irritation, and usually if the brace was worn for too long too fast.  Doing 10-15 minutes twice daily for 2 weeks, then adding 15 minutes weekly to their walk schedule will really help. 

We have this break-in schedule completely broken down for our clients in the handouts we send after the brace has been fit properly with a technician.  A custom brace should never be worn right off without some sort of consultation, to ensure proper fit and make sure your dog is using the brace properly.  Any company that does not do this is a red flag in my book.

Let me know if you have any questions about our break-in schedule! Please contact us via our contact page or visit our Facebook Page.

Nikki, Posh Lead Veterinary Technician

8 Tips on How Reiki Can Help Your Dog

Reiki is a form of alternative therapy that originated in Japan and is based on the concept of channeling healing energy through the practitioner’s hands. While scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of Reiki is limited, some dog owners and practitioners believe that it can provide various benefits for dogs. It’s essential to note that Reiki should not replace conventional veterinary care but can be used as a complementary approach.

How Reiki Can Help Your Dog

Here’s how Reiki may potentially help your dog:

  1. Stress Reduction:
    1. Reiki is thought to promote relaxation and reduce stress by balancing the energy flow in the body. Dogs, like humans, can experience stress due to various factors, and a calm and relaxed state may contribute to overall well-being.
  2. Pain Management:
    1. Some believe it can help alleviate pain by promoting a sense of comfort and relaxation. While not a substitute for pain medication or veterinary care, it may complement pain management strategies.
  3. Supporting Emotional Well-Being:
    1. It is believed to work on a holistic level, addressing not only physical but also emotional and spiritual aspects. Dogs experiencing anxiety, fear, or behavioral issues may benefit from the calming and balancing effects of Reiki.
  4. Promoting Healing:
    1. Practitioners suggest that it may enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself by balancing energy flow. This could potentially aid in the healing process after surgery or injury.
  5. Enhancing the Bond:
    1. Providing Reiki to your dog may strengthen the bond between you and your pet. The calm and focused attention during a session can be a positive and intimate experience for both the practitioner and the dog.
  6. Comfort during Illness:
    1. For dogs dealing with chronic illnesses or at the end of their lives, it may offer a sense of comfort and relaxation. It can be used as a supportive measure in conjunction with veterinary care.
  7. Behavioral Support:
    1. Dogs with behavioral issues, such as aggression or fear, may benefit from the calming and grounding effects of Reiki. It may help create a more balanced emotional state.
  8. Energy Balancing:
    1. Reiki practitioners believe in balancing the energy centers (chakras) in the body. When the energy flows smoothly, it is thought to contribute to physical and emotional well-being.

How Reiki Sessions for Dogs Typically Work:

  • Hands-On or Distant Healing: Sessions can be conducted with hands-on techniques, where the practitioner places their hands on or near the dog’s body, or through distant healing, where the energy is sent from a distance.
  • Quiet Environment: Reiki sessions are often conducted in a quiet and peaceful environment to minimize distractions and allow the dog to relax.
  • Voluntary Participation: Dogs are free to accept or decline the energy during a session. They may choose to move away or engage with the practitioner based on their comfort level.
  • Frequency and Duration: The frequency and duration of Reiki sessions can vary depending on the dog’s needs and the goals of the therapy.

While some dog owners report positive experiences with Reiki, it’s important to approach it with an open mind and consult with a veterinarian before incorporating it into your dog’s care plan. Always prioritize conventional veterinary care for diagnosing and treating medical conditions.

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4 Common Knee Injuries in Dogs

Knee injuries are relatively common in dogs and can lead to varying degrees of pain, lameness, and mobility issues. One of the most prevalent knee injuries in dogs is a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), which is analogous to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans. The CCL helps stabilize the knee joint and prevent excessive movement between the femur and tibia bones.

Knee Injuries in Dogs

Some common knee injuries in dogs include:

  1. Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Tears: CCL tears are often caused by sudden, forceful twisting or jumping movements. They can result in partial or complete tears of the ligament, leading to instability in the knee joint.
  2. Medial Patellar Luxation: This condition occurs when the patella (kneecap) moves out of its normal position, typically toward the inside of the knee joint. It can be caused by genetic factors or injury.
  3. Meniscal Injuries: The meniscus is a cartilage pad that cushions the knee joint. Injuries to the meniscus can occur in conjunction with CCL tears and can cause pain and decreased joint function.
  4. Osteoarthritis: Chronic knee injuries, particularly those involving the CCL, can lead to the development of osteoarthritis over time. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes inflammation and pain.

Symptoms of knee injuries in dogs may include:

  • Lameness or limping
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg
  • Reluctance to move or play
  • Swelling or thickening around the knee joint
  • Pain when the knee is touched or manipulated
  • Decreased range of motion in the affected leg
  • Muscle atrophy (wasting) in the thigh muscles

If you suspect your dog has a knee injury or is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s essential to seek veterinary attention promptly. Your veterinarian will conduct a thorough physical examination, possibly including X-rays or other imaging tests, to diagnose the specific knee injury and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment for knee injuries in dogs may involve:

  • Conservative management with rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy.
  • Surgical intervention, especially for CCL tears, which often requires stabilization of the knee joint using various surgical techniques.

The choice of treatment will depend on the severity of the injury, the dog’s age and overall health, and the veterinarian’s recommendation. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are crucial for improving the dog’s comfort and mobility and preventing further joint damage or complications.

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Best Activity Level With a CCL Tear

Today I would like to talk about recommended activity levels with a brace or CCL tear.  It is still important to remember that this is not a race.  Recovery from a CCL takes time, which is why we use a gradual increase in activities.

CCL Tear

Initially, we start with walks and light physical therapy and massage.  Gradually, we can increase activities, such as adding hills or inclines to the walk, sit stands, more muscle building activities.

Not Recommended for CCL Tear

It is not recommended to let your dog run off leash while in recovery.  This can lead to injury of the other leg potentially.  Braced walks are meant to be nice and slow, not a jog.  The goal is to have your dog placing full weight down on his leg.  If you walk or run too fast, they will skip and not place full weight on the leg.

We will get to a point where your pup can play off leash, but ask first, and take things slow.  Feel free to email or send in a contact request with any questions, we are happy to help!

Give Your Dog a Big Hug From Us!

Nikki, Posh Lead Veterinary Technician

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10 Benefits of Rehabilitation Therapy for Dogs

Rehabilitation therapy, also known as physical therapy or physiotherapy for dogs, offers a wide range of benefits that can significantly improve their overall health, mobility, and quality of life. It is especially beneficial for dogs recovering from injuries, surgeries, or managing chronic conditions.

Rehabilitation therapy, also known as physical therapy or physiotherapy for dogs, offers a wide range of benefits that can significantly improve their overall health, mobility, and quality of life. It is especially beneficial for dogs recovering from injuries, surgeries, or managing chronic conditions. Here are some of the key benefits of rehabilitation therapy for dogs:

Here are some of the key benefits of rehabilitation therapy for dogs:

  1. Pain Management: Rehabilitation therapy can help alleviate pain and discomfort in dogs. Therapeutic techniques such as massage, heat therapy, cold therapy, and laser therapy can target pain and inflammation, providing relief for various conditions, including arthritis, joint issues, and muscle strains.
  2. Improved Mobility: For dogs with mobility issues due to injuries or age-related conditions, rehabilitation therapy focuses on restoring joint flexibility, muscle strength, and coordination. Physical exercises, balance training, and hydrotherapy can improve gait and overall mobility.
  3. Faster Recovery from Injuries and Surgeries: Rehabilitation therapy plays a crucial role in the post-operative recovery process. It helps dogs regain strength, reduce scar tissue, and improve joint function after surgeries, such as orthopedic procedures.
  4. Preventing Muscle Atrophy: When dogs have limited mobility or are recovering from injuries, muscle atrophy can occur. Rehabilitation therapy employs targeted exercises to prevent muscle wasting and maintain muscle mass and strength.
  5. Weight Management: Obesity can exacerbate various health conditions in dogs, including joint problems. Rehabilitation therapists can design exercise and diet plans to help dogs reach and maintain a healthy weight, reducing stress on their joints.
  6. Enhanced Posture and Body Awareness: Rehabilitation therapy includes exercises to improve posture and body awareness. This can help dogs develop proper movement patterns, reducing the risk of injury and improving their overall coordination.
  7. Stimulation and Mental Enrichment: The therapy sessions can be mentally stimulating for dogs, providing them with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as they complete various exercises and tasks.
  8. Non-Invasive Treatment Options: Rehabilitation therapy focuses on non-invasive techniques, avoiding the need for extensive medications or surgical interventions, whenever possible.
  9. Improved Quality of Life: By addressing pain, mobility issues, and promoting overall well-being, rehabilitation therapy enhances a dog’s quality of life, allowing them to enjoy a more active and comfortable lifestyle.
  10. Tailored Treatment Plans: Each dog’s rehabilitation plan is tailored to their specific needs, taking into account their age, condition, and individual limitations. This personalized approach ensures that the therapy is effective and safe.

Rehabilitation therapy for dogs is typically provided by licensed veterinary professionals, such as certified canine rehabilitation therapists (CCRT) or veterinarians with specialized training in physical therapy. If you believe your dog could benefit from rehabilitation therapy, consult with your veterinarian to discuss the best options for your dog’s specific condition and needs.

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How to Find Relief for Arthritis in Dogs

Finding relief for arthritis in dogs involves a combination of veterinary care, lifestyle adjustments, and supportive therapies. Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and inflammation in the joints, and it is common in senior dogs and large breeds. Here are some ways to help relieve arthritis in dogs:

Relief for Arthritis

  1. Consult with a Veterinarian: If you suspect your dog has arthritis or notice any signs of joint pain, consult with your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. The vet can prescribe pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, or other medications to manage the pain and inflammation.
  2. Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for arthritic dogs, as excess weight puts additional stress on their joints. Work with your veterinarian to develop a balanced diet and feeding plan to help your dog reach and maintain an ideal weight.
  3. Low-Impact Exercise: Engage your dog in low-impact exercises that are gentle on the joints, such as swimming or walking on soft surfaces. Avoid activities that may cause stress or impact on the joints, such as jumping or high-intensity running.
  4. Physical Therapy: Consider physical therapy or rehabilitation exercises tailored to your dog’s specific condition. Physical therapy can help improve joint flexibility, muscle strength, and mobility.
  5. Provide Comfortable Bedding: Provide your dog with a soft and supportive bed to alleviate pressure on their joints while resting. Orthopedic or memory foam beds can be particularly beneficial for dogs with arthritis.
  6. Keep Your Dog Warm: Arthritic joints can be sensitive to cold weather. Keep your dog warm and provide extra padding during colder months.
  7. Joint Supplements: Talk to your veterinarian about using joint supplements containing glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and omega-3 fatty acids. These supplements may support joint health and reduce inflammation.
  8. Acupuncture and Massage: Some dogs may benefit from acupuncture or therapeutic massage to alleviate pain and promote relaxation.
  9. Assistive Devices: Consider using ramps or stairs to help your dog navigate elevated surfaces, such as stairs or getting in and out of the car.
  10. Medication Management: Work closely with your veterinarian to monitor your dog’s response to medication and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
  11. Environmental Adaptations: Make necessary changes to your home environment to accommodate your arthritic dog’s needs. This may include placing food and water dishes at an appropriate height and providing non-slip surfaces to prevent slips and falls.

Remember that arthritis is a chronic condition, and while these measures can provide relief and improve your dog’s comfort, there is no cure for arthritis. Regular veterinary check-ups and ongoing management are essential to support your dog’s well-being and manage the progression of the disease. If you would like more information about our Posh Dog Knee Brace contact us via are contact page or visit our Facebook page.

#1 Read – How being Overweight can affect your dog, and increase the chance of a torn CCL/ACL

Hey guys, this is Nikki the lead veterinary technician with Posh Dog Knee Braces.  Today, let’s talk about how being overweight can affect our joints.  As you know, the more weight we have, the more pressure we put on our joints and internal organs.  This can put the body in a state of inflammation, as well as predispose us to many ailments and orthopedic issues.  We are making our joints work much harder, which starts a vicious cycle on inactivity.  The more the joints are sore, the less your dog will want to walk, which can cause the muscles to atrophy.  Pretty soon we have a pup with less muscle, and much more prone to physical injuries like CCL tearing.

overweight dog

Understanding how being Overweight Affects Your Dog

Not only does weight gain affect the organs and joints, but it also can shorten life expectancy by quite a bit.  Unfortunately, this is not going to be a quick fix situation.  It is much easier to get the weight off a younger dog than one that is aging.  Prevention is much easier than treatment, especially if your dog is spayed or neutered, which can increase the chances of becoming overweight.

If your dog is in the top weight percentile, and does not yet have any limping issues, it’s time to get serious about weight loss.  Things you can do first is check everything that you are feeding your dog every day.  I want a list of each and every treat, kibble, and snack.  Small things like swapping daily treats for a carrot or sweet potato stick, ect can help, as well as increasing exercise.  If you have a dog that does not like to exercise, starting slow is key.  Maybe 15 minutes a few times daily will really help.  It is important not to skip exercise.  Walking and swimming is great.

Second, changing diet is next.  If you are feeding a diet that has a lot of carbohydrates, and less protein, it may be time to switch.  I like diets with a good quality protein source, not by products.  Make sure you are not feeding grocery store foods, unless you absolutely have to.  There are many good quality foods out there.  If you are already feeding a good quality food, make sure you are not feeding too much.

If you are not sure what to be feeding your dog to help, please consult with your veterinarian, maybe schedule a time to go over the nutritional needs of your dog with your Dr. or a veterinary technician.  They may have a specific diet they recommend.

If you have an overweight dog that already has a limp or headed for a CCL tear, but not there yet, then I would strongly suggest finding a physical therapy clinic, one with hydrotherapy.  This will help strengthen the leg, and loose weight. 

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I was told that my dog will need knee brace forever for a CCL/ACL tear, is that true?

Hey guys, this is Nikki Lead Veterinary Technician with Posh Dog knee Braces.  This is one of my most common questions asked will my dog need a knee brace forever for a CCL/ACL tear?, and I would like to dive deeper to answer this question, as there is more to the answer than simply No.

knee brace forever

First off, the majority of my patients will use the posh dog knee brace for about 9 months, sometimes up to 12 months if they are a larger breed or have a minor meniscal tear.  We know that scar tissue is mature by the 9-12 month point, and at the juvenile stage around month 2-3.  If someone tells you that your dog will be permanently using the knee brace, they are simply misinformed.  There are actually quite a few studies in both humans and animals, proving the timeline of scar tissue formation. 

In surgical sites, or areas of soft tissue, scar tissue can form much faster, forming a thickened scar within weeks.  This is different from the fibrous tissue that forms in a joint, and gives us regained stability.  Let me ask you this, have you ever sprained your ankle or injured a joint? 

Questions about wearing the knee brace for a CCL/ACL tear

Did you use a splint or a knee brace to help that joint recover?  I know I have.  Depending on the joint, and amount of muscle you were able to keep with physical therapy, also plays a key role in the longevity of using the brace.  We do not want to keep the brace on forever, however, in some severe arthritis cases, or luxating patella issues, bracing longer term as needed may be necessary.

How do you know when it is time to take your dog out of the knee brace?  Time will tell on this one.  Most dogs are ready to go, and fully weight bearing by 9-12 months.  However, if you were unable to complete the physical therapy recommendations during the recovery times, your dog may need longer in the brace while they acclimate slowly to walking without the brace on. 

This needs to be a slow weaning process, so as not to cause a re-injury.  Take your dog for a nice leash walk, without the brace.  If you dog does great, and has no sign of a limp or gait that is off, then you can continue to leash walk without the brace for a bit longer until you feel comfortable letting your dog resume activites.

Some dogs may need a little longer than 12 months, such as patients with meniscal tears or arthritis, or if there was a re-injury during the healing process.  This is still not forever, I would take things month by month until you are successful at walks without the brace on.  Our service technicians are happy to answer any questions you may have about this process, and there is really not a wrong answer.  If you feel more comfortable having your dog wear the brace longer, and your dog is doing great, that’s ok! 

I would suggest our Posh led support group on Facebook, where you can talk with thousands of other clients who have all used the posh brace to recover.  This is a great place to learn more about what to expect, and get great advice from both our technicians and previous customers.

To sum everything up, we do need to make sure to use the brace as directed for at least 9 months, but that is usually adequate for the majority of our clients.  Please check out our website, poshdogkneebrace.com, for further tips and information that may also be very helpful, you can also reach out to our facebook page as well for information.

Common Brace Questions and Misconceptions with Custom vs. Non-Custom Braces for Dogs

Today we will go over some common asked questions about custom braces for dogs.

custom braces for dogs

Custom vs Non-Custom Braces for Dogs

Why does our brace cost more than the over the counter options for $400-$500?

This is a good question!  First off, most custom orthotics will be in the $900-$1200 range, as there is much more involved in the production than the over the counter options.  For instance, with our brace each client gets 4+ hours of customer service with our veterinary technicians, both guiding them in measurements, fitting calls, rehab assistance, and supplement/diet help.  There is also a lot more production time needed for custom products, and we do not start until we have the measurements from the patient.  Over the counter braces are a “one brace fits all” product, so they have sized like small, medium, and large. 

They do not take into account patients that are more bow legged like our staffies, or patients that need the top shell brought down a bit more to accommodate shorter legs.  Plus, we do have a warranty on the parts of our brace, where a non-custom product is not only non refundable, but there is no warranty.  The buyer essentially takes on all of the risk.  I have many patients that have purchased a non-custom brace first, only to find it did not fit well, and were stuck.  Then, they went with our Posh Dog knee Brace, and loved the custom fit, non sliding option.

Does a custom product have straps that go over the back?

No, custom braces will not have straps or stirrups that hold them in place.  This is because we are a direct fit to the patient.  Non-custom products are not made for your dog’s leg, so they must be held up by straps and stirrups.  Our brace utilizes a hock wrap, that goes around the ankle, to help keep things from slipping down.  This, and our unique strapping system, make it so our brace is much more simple to use.

Do custom dog braces need to be casted?  My vet told me only to use casted braces

No, at Posh Dog Knee Braces we use a proprietary online program, that allows us to make a digital model of your dog’s leg, using specific measurements.  This is why we have a veterinary technician watching and helping each patient take the measurements that we need.  Our process is much faster and easier than casting, and production typically only 3-4 business days, with express shipping.

What is the materials of a custom vs. non custom brace?  Are they made of the same stuff?

Again, great question.  A non custom, over the counter brace is made of cheaper materials, such as neoprene and sometimes a cheaper metal hinge.  This means they are not going to last you long, and will not be waterproof.  Our Posh Brace is made of only the best orthotic materials, similar to pediatric orthotics, so that they are both durable, comfortable, and easily cleaned.  Our dog knee brace can also be used in hydrotherapy.

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