Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tear – Travel Animal Doctor

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tear – Travel Animal Doctor

Thoughts of an ACL tear were on my mind this weekend when my friend took a fall. -Travel Animal Doctor She had similar clinical signs that a dog would have with a cranial cruciate ligament tear.  As I went on a hike with my husband and furry friend, I could not stop thinking about the disease, so I finally decided to come home and write about it. A cranial cruciate ligament tear is a common problem in large breed dogs, like our lab, Jade. This disease is simply put, a torn cranial cruciate ligament in the knee of your pet. In humans the term is anterior cruciate ligament, but in dogs, the same ligament is commonly referred to as the cranial cruciate ligament. Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease: So what types of dogs often get a torn cranial cruciate ligament, and how can it occur? This disease can occur quickly or progress into a disease process A torn CCL occurs most often in Labs (like Jade), Staffordshire terriers, Rottweilers and Newfoundlands Your dog is at increased risk if it is overweight. How would you know if your pet may have a torn CCL? Is your dog holding up one back leg or favoring one back leg over the other? When your dog is hiking with you does “limping” get worse? Does one knee appear to be bigger than the other or do the two back legs look different from one another in size or character? What other diseases will a veterinarian have to rule out? There are many other problems that can occur which cause your dog to look similarly discomfortable. A few examples of...
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