Pocket Pit With Torn Knee Ligament (CCR, CCL Rupture, CCL Tear)

“My pit bull was diagnosed with a torn cruciate ligament. I was told by the vet that without the surgery, he would become increasingly lame and I would have to put him down.

A friend whose dog she worked with, suggested I contact Deborah Carroll. Deborah spoke with me over the phone and had clearly had many previous similar clients with good outcomes. We set up an appt for Deborah to come and see my dog. She immediately had an excellent rapport with him but also good control of him as he can be a bit unruly.

Deborah did a thorough assessment based on the information from the x-rays, the veterinarian, and her own palpation of the knee. She determined the course of action that my dog needed. I’m not going to say it was easy- definitely took a commitment from me- but that was a really big component of the regimen. I learned the technique for giving him therapy walks, how to ice, massage, and I learned the best supplements for him to promote healing. Within about a month, he was markedly better. After two months, he was taking normal walks again and no longer favoring his other knee.

I have friends who used Deborah’s services after a dog had had the recommended surgery. Apparently it is important to begin to strengthen surrounding muscles to avoid reinjury.

The beauty of Deborah is that she not only empowers you to rehab your pet yourself, but if there are glitches (such as my dog refusing to turn around half way through the walk- HAHAHA!) she will brainstorm with you to figure out what to do. Deborah is one of those rare professionals who understands that healing is often more of an art than a science.”
Sandy K. Austin, TX

Cosmo the Pittie, Massage Video Star-

(Cosmo eventually tore his meniscus in the same knee that had the original torn ligament, and he did non-surgical rehab for that, too)

 

Dobi the Doberman-Lab Mix with Torn Knee Ligament (CCL Tear, CCR) & Bad Hips

Testimony of Doberman Rehabilitation –

Tricia’s Thoughts –

“Our old Lab-Doberman mix blew out his knee darting after a squirrel and only narrowly avoided surgery since he had a small amount of stability left.

I reached out to Deb, and I’m so glad I did. Her plan was honestly a lot of work, but it paid off beautifully. Our pup got better than I ever thought possible and even came out of the whole experience with super muscular dog legs!

I love that Deb comes right to your house and works with you in your own environment. A lot of the time we’d look around the house or neighborhood to find good places or items to make drills out of. She’s extremely knowledgeable and worked well with our vet to get him (Dobi) on the right medications and dosages.

On top of it all, you can tell she genuinely cares. That goes a long way with me.

I highly recommend her services for your own busted up dog!”
Tricia E. Austin, TX , Oct. 1, 2016)

(^^Copied from Yelp Review)

Nick’s Thoughts –

Dobi Cavalettis for Rehab Work After 4 Week Intro Program Complete. Other Cavaletti Photos are Under the Photos Section or You May Find Them by Searching Cavalettis.

“When our 10-year-old lab mix busted his knee, he was in rough shape and only narrowly avoided surgery. Luckily, we found Deb and got the opportunity to work with her in person.

She had us read her book before our first meeting. The book itself is in invaluable. It’s a short read, but it lays out a basic plan with lots of explanation and support for each technique. The combined force of the book and Deb’s physical therapy sessions healed our pup more than we thought possible, especially given his age. The program does take work, but the results really are extraordinary.

Whether you can work with Deb in person or not, this book is a must if you have a dog in recovery.”

Nick E., Oct. 1, 2016

(^^Copied from Amazon review)

Rehab Deb’s Thoughts 5/26/17

Dobi’s mom, Trish, found me via this (my) website and reached out to me Dec. 1, 2014.

Trish and Nick performed the work I recommended, and Dobi has maintained very good function through the past couple of years, despite some other health issues. Dobi was almost 10 years old when I met him, and in the past year Trish has reached out to me to confirm with me where to return to in the recovery program after Dobi’s ongoing internal medicine issues were being diagnosed and treated.

Please click on the link below to see a short video of Dobi walking after slightly less than two months of work:

2015 3-17 Dobi Short Indoor Walk Improved

Once a pet caretaker, partner, “parent” works through the program as I have recommended it and everyone has seen the positive results, the same program may be returned to over the years as new injuries or illnesses occur. Sometimes there are new medical or physical situations that require a different protocol than the one I originally recommended. In Dobi’s case, his program could stay almost the same and used toward recovery after new diagnoses.

Rehabdeb, May 26, 2017

Updated with new photos March 28, 2018

Sully the Great Dane With Neurological Problems

“I highly recommend Deborah for any pet rehab. My 9-year-old Great Dane collapsed for some unknown reason and was paralyzed. Two vets told me he probably wouldn’t recover and I should consider putting him down. Fortunately one of the vets told me about Deborah and, being a Great Dane owner herself, she came to visit my big boy.

Silly Sully Great Dane with Paralysis

She started him on laser therapy and built the “Sully station” out of PVC pipe just for his personal rehab. Within a very short period of time he was able to get up with help and take short walks. He progressed to being able to get up on his own and walk around the house and eventually outside unaided.

Sully in Sully Station to do His Neurological Drills

Because of Deborah I was able to have my wonderful companion for an extra year-and-a-half. She cares about every pet she treats and equally cares about the people who love their companions. Deborah is a wonderful educator and knows how to think out of the box. She’ll always be a special person to me!”          Diane S., Austin, TX

Sully in the Middle of His Daily Walk After Recovery

Successful Rehab of Colorado Hiking Dog with Torn Knee Ligament & No Surgery

Hi!
Hope all is well with you. Thanks for keeping me in your circle for emails!
You should feel free to tell or post on social media anything about the rehab of Sputnik.
He’s doing amazing.
When we moved out here (Manitou Springs, CO), he got a little re-injured. Our yard is built into a hill and he tried to jump a retaining wall to catch a squirrel. I’ve learned that he needs more restriction and leash time here – given it’s so hilly and he’s so prey driven. It was very minor and I  used all your techniques, books and notes to help with it. I”m grateful we kept notes!
And…the thing that makes me happiest in the whole world…he LOVES to hike and be outside on trails. It melts my heart to know how happy he is and how much he just loves to have walks and exercise. I can’t believe he’s 11 years young. You’d never know it by looking at him and if you didn’t have his protective mom telling him he’s been injured, no one would ever know. I promise because it’s happened time and time again that people say “really?” when I mention it!
I also thought it might be a good idea to see if there was a specialist here given I don’t know the terrain as well yet. I was curious to know about whether hiking was good for him.
Turns out that YOU got lots of kudos from our orthopedic (specialist) doctor,  she said I did everything right.
And she said given how well he’s doing, she thought we made the right decision for Sputnik
by not having surgery.
I can’t tell you how this eased my mind given surgeons just want to tell you to always have surgery.
I am forever indebted to you and all your help.
I know I get some credit for sticking to a plan. (Yes, YOU do, Renee!-Rehabdeb)
That’s huge. But you were my teacher and that is the important thing! Thank you!
Sputnik is doing great.
He’s hiking up to 4-5 miles a time – many days a week (with rest periods too. I know he’s not a young pup anymore and he gets days off!). Walking some pretty hefty hills and is happy, happy, happy.
Thank you!
Happy Holidays!
~ Renee
12/15/16
Sputnik now sees vets at Mountain Shadows Pet Hospital and recently received praise on his non-surgical CCR recovery from an orthopedic surgeon at Colorado Canine Orthopedics