Guidelines for Home Rehabilitation of Your Dog: Instead of Surgery for Torn Knee Ligament: The First Four Weeks, Basic Edition

Guidelines for Home Rehabilitation of Your Dog: Instead of Surgery for Torn Knee Ligament: The First Four Weeks, Basic Edition

Here is the link to the site for my booklet of instructions for you to follow after a diagnosis of torn CCL (cranial cruciate ligament, like ACL in people, in the knee) in your dog, whether you are decided to not pursue surgery for your dog or you are doing some rehab prior to surgery, “pre-hab”. These instructions cover four weeks from when you begin to tackle the lameness and issues…doesn’t have to be four weeks exactly after diagnosis 🙂 I sometimes get to work with a dog that has been lame from injury for a year or more after injury.

Paperback is $7.99 USD and $4.99 for Kindle the Kindle version. If you purchase the Paperback, the Kindle version is only $2.49 USD for you to purchase and have electronically available. Both versions should also be available on worldwide Amazon sites, as well as other distribution sites, like Barnes & Noble.

On all other Amazon sites around the world, and on other distribution sites, please search this title and ISBN:

Guidelines for Home Rehabilitation of Your Dog: Instead of Surgery for Torn Knee Ligament: The First Four Weeks, Basic Edition

  • ISBN-13: 978-0615900476

Thank you-


Some of the information contained in this volume has been published previously by me on my websites beginning in January, 2007. Until this particular current publication, I have had available on my various sites (and on some sites that co-opted the material) a general outline for the first four weeks of post-surgical or post-injury rehab because the demand for this information has been so great.

The updated content of this volume is not available on any of my sites, nor has the full content been previously available, and most of the definitive information regarding exercise protocol that is contained in this volume has been removed from my websites and personal social media pages as of this publication.

When I first began publishing a simple home-based plan to the internet, it was only a four-week, progressive walking exercise plan, useful for a variety of rehab situations. A version of that is what is contained in this booklet. What has happened though over time is that I have encountered many situations wherein people have interpreted these basic instructions in contrary ways, often omitting bits they thought they could while still hoping for success and often in a way that has been detrimental to the pet.

Therefore, what this booklet also contains is a more thorough explanation of how to enact the plan well …and enact it simply. There is no “bullet point” version, because bullet points will not describe the details of functional rehab so that the animal receives more benefit while receiving less harm or discomfort. As it is, I continually want to add to or modify bits of this edition, and I have to stop somewhere!

This is the basic edition, the closest you may come to bullet points outside of my professional website.

There is also an expanded edition, which contains more in-depth looks at potential pitfalls and additional remedies, along with greater explanation as to why I believe some therapies are better than others, especially for wellness and healing complementary to a home environment.

Thank you, on behalf of your pet, for taking this time to learn more about the healing methods available for them.



Rehab Booklets Now Available on Amazon Australia!

Here is the link to Guidelines for Home Rehabilitation of Your Dog: Instead of Surgery for Torn Knee Ligament: The First Four Weeks, Basic Edition:

which is also available in paperback in a variety of markets,

and here is the link to After Surgery for Torn Knee Ligament, The First Four Weeks, Basic Edition

I’m excited about this news, because I have a lot of activity on this site from Australia…but I’m first a fan of paper books and small booksellers, so I’m really interested to get the paperback versions in Australia!! Working on it, and I’ve registered with distributors…wish I had clones so I could follow up every detail “perfectly” and be able to find the “best” option for any and every one to get this information, if they want it, in the “best” format possible.

In the meantime, since the paperbacks became available last month, clinics are ordering in bulk to pass out copies to clients when the need arises, and that’s a good thing 🙂

Thanks 🙂


About RehabDeb

I have a functional rehabilitation practice focused on veterinary application and collaboration based in Austin, TX, yet represented worldwide. I now travel around-about to work with veterinarians, clinics, and pet caretakers/clients to review complicated cases and teach principles of simple, economic, and successful rehabilitation methods in seminars, group settings, and one-on-one. Blessings-
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2 Responses to Guidelines for Home Rehabilitation of Your Dog: Instead of Surgery for Torn Knee Ligament: The First Four Weeks, Basic Edition

  1. Katherine Holtz says:

    Hi Deb. Read the book. Just starting week 4 of therapy for our 10 yr old Australian Shepard. Vet thinks she may have torn her ccl. Limping stopped completely after day 4. We have kept her restricted, use a harness, reduced her food and done the walks as directed. In your book you mention therapy that needs to happen weeks 5 thru 8. Where do I get that information? Katherine in Austin, brykerwood vet clinic. Thank you


    • rehabdeb says:

      That is great!
      Good job-
      Now we should set up an appointment, and I will send an email to you with the details.
      I will be able to determine progress and give you the next couple of weeks of activity to get to the next level of recovery.


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