Suggesting a treatment to your veterinarian can be tough. We all care for our animal so much we want to learn as much as we can to help our pet. We tend to lean on Dr. Google in these times.
To make the conversation go smoothly, it's important to remember your Dr. went to many more years of veterinary school than Dr. Google. They did it because they care about animals very deeply. Appreciating this goes a long way with someone that may have had to deal with a deathly ill animal earlier in the day.
As with any conversation, people do not like to be surprised. If you can, get the info about bracing to your Veterinarian before you meet. Or at the very least give them time to process any new info you bring to them.
It is also important to understand the background. For many years, surgery was seen as the gold standard for treating a CCL/ACL injury in dogs. "A chance to cut is a chance to cure" has been a saying in the veterinary profession for a long time.
And for a long time, surgery was the only solution. There were simply no braces on the market that could adequately support a dog's leg, allowing them functionality and proper movement.
There were fabric wraps available, but they just didn't do the trick.
Then along came Hero. Hero was designed by both a veterinarian and an orthotist-prosthetist with a dog's unique biomechanics in mind. After many different designs and materials, the Hero Stifle Brace was created.
Our Hero Brace starts with the neoprene sleeve customized to a dog's unique anatomy and then uses a black polypropylene shell for lightweight durability. The placement of our Velcro wraps holds the brace in the optimum place to ensure a secure fit and maximum functionality without relying on a harness or heavy piece of equipment. The brace effectively allows the dog's knee to develop scar tissue and heal on its own while keeping the dog active and happy.
Sometimes Veterinarians can be resistant to the idea of bracing simply because they haven't seen a product that works as effectively as Hero. Canine bracing is on the forefront of veterinary medicine, and gaining popularity all of the time.
Our Hero Braces have been endorsed by Dr. Carrie Adrian, the first PhD recipient in Canine Biomechanics and veterinarian and Michelle Beck, DVM and canine rehabilitation expert. Another CCRP who has worked extensively with animals using Hero Braces is Robert Porter who will be speaking at the STAAR conference in April. We also work with the University of Tennessee Canine Rehabilitation Program, a world-renowned canine rehabilitation program.
If you have decided that you would prefer a non-surgical route because of concerns about complications of surgery, anesthesia, recovery time, financial reasons or just don't like the idea of surgery in general, tell your veterinarian. Great veterinarians continually want to learn more. They love working with you to make sure that your dog receives the best care possible.
Let her know that you are not comfortable with the idea of surgery and then tell her about Hero. Heck, give her our phone number.
We would love to discuss with her about what makes Hero braces so effective and how we can best put together a plan to help your dog get back on his feet.