Our Wolf/Akita/Shepard Shelby, got her back knee hurt about a week ago. My son was falling backwards towards the couch, where she happens to lay at the foot of, and landed on her leg. Shelby does not cry or show any pain, however she refuses to walk on it. It's her knee that is swollen. We were told by a friend to put DMSO on the knee, so we did. Do you think we should wrap it as well or do you have any suggestions on how to get her back on all fours? We would appreciate all the help we can get as we cannot afford to go to the vet!
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: 7
Name of Dog: Shelby
DMSO gel applied to the area, anti-inflammatories, ice
Hello. The chances are that she tore her ACL ligament in the knee. This is a surgical disease in dogs. Unfortunately, she will need surgery in order to get full function back in the leg. With pain meds and wraps, she will always have a limp and chronic inflammation/ pain/ instability. In people, it's also a surgical disease. You can use pain meds like Aspirin at home. The dose is 5 mg per lb ever 12-24 hours. I would not use DMSO as this can lead to potential toxicity as it gets absorbed through the skin. I don't typically use much topically. I would just use pain meds and rest. Wraps and braces don't help much with dogs as they don't provide proper stabilization as we can get in people. I would hold off on using those. If you do want to place one, you can just use a cast padding/ rolled cotton and then rolled gauze to hold it in place. Cover that with an ace bandage or elastic wrap. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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