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As a relatively common condition, a cruciate ligament (CrCL) rupture requires attention and treatment to fix. Have you noticed your dog experiencing stiffness in the back legs? Mild to severe limping? Or a change in their walk? These could be signs of a CrCL rupture that need attention.

Our expert team at Normanhurst Vet Practice are highly skilled in the fast diagnosis and surgical treatment of cruciate ligament ruptures. We help you provide your pet with the freedom to run and play again.

What causes dog cruciate ligament rupture?

CrCL rupture is primarily caused by two different factors: acute trauma or long-term degradation.

In the case of acute trauma, a rupture often happens when a dog is running and changes direction suddenly. This action places pressure on the knee joint (known as the stifle). The force of rotating and shearing from that sudden movement can damage the cruciate ligaments. If you notice your dog limping or struggling to walk normally after running, CrCL rupture may be the cause.

Long-term (chronic) degradation usually involves the cruciate weakening over an extended time. Chronic degradation typically results from either continued trauma or arthritic disease. In addition, environmental or genetic factors can sometimes worsen the progression of degradation. For example, if the dog is overweight or if the dog has a loose kneecap (luxating patella) there will be extra forces within the knee that make a tear in the cruciate ligament more likely to happen.

No matter the cause of dog cruciate ligament rupture, seeking professional help is the best choice. Our friendly and professional team are very experienced in the surgical treatment of CrCL conditions. So together, we can help to diagnose and treat the condition and help your pet return to a healthy and full life.

What are the signs of cruciate ligament rupture in dogs?

If you think your dog may have cruciate ligament rupture, here are the symptoms to watch out for:

  • Limping (mild to severe)
  • Stiffness in getting up and lying down
  • Back leg pain
  • Swelling to one or both of the knees (stifles)
  • Walking in an unusual way
  • Sudden signs of pain in back legs after running

Note that dogs with CrCL rupture usually do not cry or complain so there will be no whining, whimpering or howling, but this does not mean that there is not a problem.

Our professional team of veterinarians and specialists are here to help with diagnosis and treatment. Call us today to book an appointment if you suspect your dog has a cruciate ligament rupture.

What is dog cruciate ligament surgery?

When a dog tears the cranial cruciate ligament in the stifle joint becomes unstable. Unfortunately, this instability in this joint will result in the bones of the stifle being knocked and bumped together. This in turn will create additional trauma such as tears in the meniscus (which acts to cushion the stifle joint) and exacerbated arthritis. For this reason, managing a torn cranial cruciate ligament with medication alone will only result in further complications in the near future.

Dog Cruciate Ligament Surgery

Dog Cruciate Ligament Surgery

It has been shown that early diagnosis and surgical treatment of cranial cruciate ligament disease will reduce the additional trauma within the stifle and result in a faster recovery and better use of the effected leg.

Dog cruciate ligament surgery is the treatment that is required to bring back stability to the stifle joint. There are numerous surgical techniques that have been performed, though the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy) is the one technique that is the best at reducing the risk of ongoing trauma to the meniscus and also limiting the exacerbation of arthritis. The TPLO also has the lowest risk of complications.

This TPLO involves changing the angle of the tibia (the lower leg bone). After a TPLO surgery is performed, the effected stifle is able to transfer forces through the joint without knocking and bumping of the bones of the stifle. At Normanhurst Vet Practice, we have extensive experience carrying out Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy (TPLO) procedures in-house.

Why choose Normanhurst Vet Practice?

Our highly experienced, friendly staff provide excellent services across the spectrum of veterinary treatments. With in-house options for affordable service, we’re the ideal choice to treat your dog quickly and effectively. Our surgical team has extensive experience in orthopaedic treatment.

Dog Cruciate Ligament Surgery

Dog Cruciate Ligament Surgery

Here’s why we are the top choice for vet services in the Normanhurst area:

Professional, expert service from skilled professionals

Our expert team works to deliver a high standard of service for our customers and their pets. We support you from emergencies that just can’t wait to surgeries that keep your pet comfortable. You can rely on us to look after your dog as well as you would at home.

The care your dog deserves

We understand the stress and anxiety involved in any pet surgery. Our knowledgeable team provides peace of mind thanks to our extensive experience and professional approach. If your dog needs dog cruciate ligament surgery, our team is here to offer the care required.

Dog Cruciate Ligament Surgery

Dog Cruciate Ligament Surgery

A service without referral requirements

Our in-house team carries out all surgical treatments for CrCL issues. You don’t need to wait for long referrals or travel hours to seek the care your pet needs. Our convenient services offer a familiar face throughout the diagnosis, surgery, and aftercare process. We’re here to help every step of the way.

Call us today to discuss dog cruciate ligament surgery for your pet

If you suspect your dog requires dog cruciate ligament surgery get in touch with our team today. We’ll book an appointment for an initial consultation and go over the options available to you. Book online now, or call us directly today.

Dog cruciate ligament surgery FAQs

What dogs have predisposition to cruciate ligament rupture?

Certain dog breeds may be more likely to experience CrCL problems than others. Newfoundlands, Bowers, Rottweilers, Labradors, and West Highland White Terriers have a predisposition to this condition though many other breeds are also at risk. Obesity and luxating patellas are both contributing factors of cruciate ligament problems since both of these conditions will put excessive forces within the stifle joint.

How do you diagnose cruciate ligament rupture?

It’s important to seek professional advice if you think there is something wrong with your dog. Our expert orthopaedic veterinarians diagnose CrCL disease or injuries by an examination, in addition to an x-ray as required. If your dog already has a diagnosis and you are looking for surgical options, speak to us today.

What is the best way to treat cruciate ligament rupture in dogs?

Surgery is the best option for dogs with cruciate ligament rupture to make a full recovery. This is because surgery is the only way to fix the looseness within the stifle joint and help to enable the stifle to be used to allow weight-bearing and movement. Once the surgery is done, conservative treatment may also be required to alleviate arthritis in the stifle. Such non-surgical treatments may include controlled exercise, pain relief, weight control, and physiotherapy.

What is recovery like from TPLO?

The recovery time and outcome from TPLO surgery are excellent. Your dog will need to be on strict rest for the first eight weeks. After 3-4 months, your dog will be able to return to its normal activity level. We will ensure your pet is comfortable and prescribe painkillers and antibiotics following the surgery.

Can my dog make a full recovery?

In most cases, the prognosis for recovery from cruciate ligament rupture is excellent. Many dogs go back to their active, happy selves with the right surgery and recovery. In some cases, additional treatment such as a weight-loss routine can help your dog feel even better than they did before.