Dogs are active and can easily injure themselves, especially when young or a sporting dog. Discover how to heal cruciate ligament injuries holistically, a serious and common orthopaedic problem.
The common place for dogs to tear a ligament is the knee (or to be more accurate, their ankle) in the hind leg. The ligament that connects the bone above the knee (the femur) to the bone below the knee (the tibia) is known as the cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL. It’s very similar to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in us.
Symptoms Of A Torn CCL
Your dog may limp mildly or badly, depending on the severity of the injury. And the limp remains; it doesn’t heal on its own, as a mild injury tends to. A sudden movement, jump, twist or turn are considered the cause, but as your dog has likely done this many times and never had a problem before, this is only part of the cause.
If you have a few thousand to spare, you could have an operation to repair the tear. This will also entail keeping your dog inactive for the weeks of healing, a hard task for most dogs. Mental frustration and irritation can result.
It also entails a bevy of drugs, which help to destroy the immune system and the functioning of the liver.
To boot, there is no guarantee that it will not happen again, or that the CCL in the other leg won’t tear.
What others options are there?
The following quote by Bill Mollison (founder of permaculture) says it all:
“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”
The Three Steps To Heal Cruciate Ligament Injuries Holistically
The health of the immune system is king when it comes to preventing ailments or healing quickly from accidents. How do you develop a healthy immune system?
One of THE most important ways is to feed your dog a natural diet, one that they evolved on, rather than the non-nutritious and toxic dog ‘food’ that you can purchase.
A dog is as close to a carnivore as you can get, without actually being a carnivore. So they thrive on a similar diet as a carnivore – muscle meat, organ meat and bones.
Commercial dog food contains a lot of low quality (rejects) plant based food, infected animal protein (mostly from rendering plants), synthetic (chemical) proteins, preservatives, additives to compensate for the dubious quality and fillers. None of this qualifies for a diet healthy enough to keep the immunity strong.
Yet a change to a quality, natural diet can turn that around. Quickly. In weeks, sometimes days.
The second most important key to keeping your dog’s immune system strong is their health care. Mainstream vets are the normal go-to when a dog becomes ill. But the drugs damage the immune system, even when the problem you went for clears up. Drugs take the health of the dog in the wrong direction. You always want to IMPROVE the immunity of your dog when treating them.
Instead, you want to focus on the bigger picture. And that entails looking for causes – such as the suppression that inevitably comes from past veterinary drugs.
Holistic health care, in particular homeopathy, works by strengthening the immune system. And this is the action that results in healing.
The third area of importance in keeping your dog healthy is their life style. Dogs need a family (a pack substitute) that welcomes them, loves them and honours their place in the pack by the right training. They need the right amount of exercise for their breed, age and ability. They need free access to the earth, the sun, water and medicinal plants, such as chemically-free grass.
With the natural diet your dog’s ancestors evolved on, a healthy life style and a past history of homeopathic treatment when necessary, the chances of your dog developing a serious injury are drastically reduced.
However, when one does occur, and when professional homeopathic guidance is used, not only is the healing faster, it heals the TENDENCY for that injury, making recurrence much less likely.
Your job is to get the diet and the lifestyle sorted out. Leave the health care to a professional homeopath.
A healthy immune system will ensure your dog is able to quickly heal cruciate ligament injuries holistically, any other accidents as well as preventing ailments, be they common or rare. Miracles are common when you get these three important areas right.