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Fishdoc Information is HERE. Also handily searchable and ultimately readable.

About the Book I Wrote:

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

NOTE: The "Sporn Halter" I'm always talking about....(Link)

NOTE: Do not give PORK bones. Please.

NOTE: Your dog WILL NOT STARVE when you feed dry dog food offered dry.

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MCL Hypertrophy:

I found "hypertrophy" (expansion and thickening) of the 'Medial Collateral Ligament' in the knee.
The rest of the leg was "pretty normal" (Science term for: Pretty normal)
When you find hypertrophy of the MCL - it means that AT SOME POINT and maybe recently but not yesterday: The ACL ligaments were luxated, torn, partially torn.
Or there's been some other semi-recent or old injury to the knee.
What's an MCL?
An MCL is that ligament runs up the inside of the knee. It's a big ligament that takes over when the ACL's cannot do their job very well anymore.
You can feel it. You'll feel a 'walnut' sized lump of hard plastic growing inside the knee. Compare how that feels to the other knee, or to your other dog's knees.
What do you do?
Well there's a surgery to fix a knee - - but YOU DO NOT have to have surgery on an MCL. It's doing an important job.
Why is my dog lame? A knee that's only being held together by a lonesome MCL is easier to re-injure, not-necessarily-severely.
It's "just my bum-knee" and it aches sometimes", or "I twist it just the right way."
Every once in a while a knee won't ever get right. And those need surgery.
But a big MCL is "pretty okay" at supporting a knee in a dog that's not fat. And that's another story.
Keep 'em skinny and you might just get away without surgery.
Those are only $6,000 to $21,000 depending on where you go.
Doc Johnson

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! 

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.

Oxyfresh has been around a VERY long time and still hasn't been surpassed. I love the water additive. I recommend it's made fresh daily with distilled water, and for bad mouths - double strength. Always safe. this will NOT dissolve tartar but it will kill germs, reduce pus and infection and keep teeth from getting "bad" if they're not already. Kit includes gel and brushes.

Oxyfresh complete dental kit.

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