Tearing or a complete rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament is unfortunately common in dogs and can occur during exercise or as a result of degenerative changes such as arthritis in the knee.
Although uncommon in cats, a torn or ruptured cruciate ligament can occur following traumas such as a motor vehicle accident or a fall.
The cruciate ligament is one of several ligaments in the knee. If injured, it allows excess movement and rotation in the knee joint. The dog will be lame on the affected leg and in some cases may not be able to put any weight on it. With time and rest the lameness may ease slightly but will persist.
If damage to this ligament is suspected, then surgical stabilisation procedures may be recommended to prevent further damage, pain and arthritis in the knee.
We determine the best choice of procedure on a number of factors such as the animal’s size, age and activity level.
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