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I have a small cocker spaniel around 20lbs and has torn ACL it is going to cost around $1000 for surgery. Have read that dogs under 20 lbs may not need surgery with rest supplements and reduced activity can be ok. Vet said going to have limp and arthritis either way .

Smartliving Guest asked this
October 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM



Dear Frank,

Both ARTHRO-IONX and PROMAXOL help to reduce pain,and inflammation and stimulate healing. I prefer to start with PROMAXOL and then switch over to ARTHRO-IONX once some improvement is seen. Try to limit the amount of running and jumping while the knee is still weak. Usually leash walks are in order to prevent further injury.

The oligotherapeutic mineral base found in the IONX products helps the body to better utilize the other nutritional substances given for a synergistic response and faster healing. The supplements I recommend are MSM, probiotics, and Omega 3,6,9. I also like to give a Standard Process product called Ligaplex 1. It is available from licensed health care professionals. Also be sure to give sufficient fresh water that is free of chlorine and fluoride. If you can gradually phase into a grain free diet that can be helpful too. The other thing that is sometimes beneficial is to have a certified veterinary chiropractor check for spinal and hip alignment and make any necessary corrections. It can reduce the stress on the injured knee and hopefully reduce the chances of the other knee being injured in the future.

Please let us know how you progress or if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
October 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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