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Treating Our Dog's Partial Cruciate Tear Naturally


It’s been a couple months since Sydney was diagnosed with a partial cruciate tear.  We chose to try and rehab her through rest and supplements and it worked great for several weeks and then we had set backs.

I started transferring money to a savings account to cover the deductible for Sydney’s surgery.

But Sydney is doing really well.

Sydney - Just 10 More Minutes - Our Blue Heeler / Lab Mix

Just 10 more minutes, Mommy. Please.

She still may need surgery, but for now, she’s doing really well.  And this is what we did to help her – keep in mind that this is not veterinarian advice, just the experience of a couple dog owners…

  • We’ve adjusted her exercise regime, she’s lost a little more weight (on the advice of our vet).
  • We add Grizzly Salmon Oil (alternating with Megga Dog Camelina Oil) to her food in the morning.
  • And we spray 3 spritzes of three Epic Pet Health supplements in her morning and evening meals.

Epic Pet Health creates natural, electrolyte supplements made with vitamins and minerals.  All of their products are odorless and can be mixed in our dogs’ food or applied directly to an area of the body (in Sydney’s case – her knees) for faster results.

Epic Pet Health

These are the supplements we’re using…

  • REPAIR – For faster injury and illness recovery, even helps chronic cases.
  • RELIEF – Reduces joint pain and stiffness.
  • ALIGN – For good spinal alignment, naturally; and relaxes nerves and muscles.
  • HAPPY – Reduces stress from grief, separation anxiety, and environmental changes.

I have no idea how these products work, but I give them to both Rodrigo and Sydney and I’ve seen a definitely improvement in Sydney’s gait and in Rodrigo’s recovery after a long long walk or heavy play session.

This doesn’t mean that Sydney isn’t going to need surgery someday, but it does mean that we’ve buying her the time to heal naturally.

Moving forward, we’ll be adding green lipped mussel (ground) and calcium to our dogs’ diet.  Green lipped mussel is great for joint support and total body wellness (sounds good to me).  A local nutritionist recommended the calcium and with her help, I chose Rainbow Light food-based calcium and gave Sydney 1 tablet, twice daily (ground into her food).

But for now, I’m so blown away by the success we’ve seen using Epic Pet Health.

Update 5/5/2014:  Sydney has recovered from her partial cruciate tear.  We still monitor her activities and we get a little tense when we see the zoomies about to come on (wide eyes, ears go back, and then SHE’S OFF!!!).  She hasn’t had DGP for Pets to relieve any discomfort or pain in 2 weeks.  She’s going to a holistic vet later in May for a final exam.

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