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Koi Health & Disease: Everything You Need To Know 2nd Edition
A lot of experience is in this book and keeping it simple is important. Buy on Amazon

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Bad Knees and ACL's:

Bad Knee

A ruptured "anterior cruciate ligament" is the separation of ligaments that keep the knee stable.
At first, it hurts, kind of, ALOT
Later the knee is just creaky and unstable and the don't wanna use it sometimes.
However, MOST knees can "heal" meaning that they can deposit strands of scar tissue in the joint and make it comfortable again, and stable.
But also: STIFF.
And stiff, and comfortable is GOOD
It takes at least 6 weeks to 'fibrose' (scar in)
Sometimes that's delayed by the age of the pet by the severity of the knee damage.
Sometimes if there's a meniscus hopping around loose in the joint, the knee doesn't stabilize at all. Surgery can become a "thing".
When waiting on the ACL to heal, there are things that help:
Reduction of inflammation for the six weeks: Deramaxx.
Limited walks, NO RUNNING.
Pain relief sometimes.
Glucosamine (ask for Phycox)
A multivitamin (ask about Flintstones over the counter) or similar.

Usually they're a LOT better in two weeks.
And seem normal after 4-6 weeks total.
I've seen dogs go SIX WEEKS limping and then go sound.
I've had a couple that required surgery.

If the dog is quite overweight, they don't heal.
Any weight loss helps them heal faster.

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Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap

Labra Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap Metal Hinged Flexible Support Treat ACL CCL Luxating Patella Cruciate Ligament Sprain Strain Tear Injuries

I couldn't get behind these until this one came out. It has a strap that keeps the thing from sliding down. THAT strap has a strap that keeps the thing from rolling down off the dog's rump. And the whole thing does NOT wrap around his weiner area (which would have been fine for a female dog of course) so this one has THREE key engineering points.

Buy the proper knee brace and put it on tight! 

Have you seen these?

These can track your pet (or kid) in real time and unless they get the thing off their collar, you can find your pet. Highest rating on Amazon - reliable and again, unlimited range. (It uses the internet)

Put one on your pet soon, and cut your chances of losing your pet.

Long range, waterproof Pet Location GPS Tracker.

Something else I found for my dog "Ajax" that's cool:

Sporn Dog Halter STOPS "pulling and tugging" NOW. (Link)

This is what I use now, with my dog Ajax. I used to use the Gentle Leader, but I didn't like including his face in the thing. Now, this just goes around his chest and he DOES NOT PULL ANY MORE. It's great! Amazon.com has it.

You can buy a fat bundle of 'wet wipes' with Cetaphil and I'd recommend it. They're great for cleaning healing wounds, dirty ears, cleansing around some eyes, under-tails, surgery sites, sores.

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