Cruciate Ligament Repair
If your dog becomes lame in one of his or her hind legs, he or she may have torn or ruptured his or her cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL – similar to the ACL in humans. This ligament connects the back of the femur (the bone above the knee) with the front of the tibia (the bone below the knee). The CCL is responsible for keeping the tibia in place beneath the femur and stabilizing the knee joint. There are multiple causes of dog CCL injuries, including activity, breed, age, and obesity.
Our furry friend, Nutmeg, tore her cruciate ligament during a run & play. She came in for surgery; having any damaged bone and ligament removed, suture is then placed, extending from the outside lower portion of the femur to the inside upper portion of the tibia. It is tied sufficiently tightly to stabilize the knee, while still allowing a normal range of movement, basically re-creating the ligament.
Post-operative care involves medication, rest, hot & cold compresses, gradual increase in exercise and range of motion physiotherapy. Recovery for this procedure is usually about 18 weeks, but varies between each patient.
Happy healing, Nutmeg!
If your dog becomes lame, please call the clinic at 250-338-7721 for an appointment to help diagnose the problem.