Help my dog has ruptured its cruciate ligament!
This is a very common injury that we see all the time. The cruciate ligament is the stabiliser of the knee, when it’s partially torn or completely ruptures it’s painful to put weight on the leg and difficult to run. Because the knee is no longer stable a lot of damage occurs in the joint leading to arthritis soon after the injury.
No two dogs are the same and the treatment of a cruciate injury is like this too. Some dogs will only tear a small part of the ligament while others will tear this ligament and other parts of the knee all at the same time.
At Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital we asses each animal and discuss with the owner what the best treatment is for their pet. Some dogs only need rest and rehabilitation with anti-inflammatories while others will require surgery.
Even with surgery there are a number of different ways of fixing a knee that work better for some dogs than others.
Knee assessments and repair are one of the most common things we do in our hospital, and all of the studies agree that the more experienced the surgeon doing the procedure the more likely you are to have a good outcome.
Knee reconstructions can be very expensive however we are really proud here at Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital that we can keep the cost of this surgery down because we do so many of them.
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