Cruciate Ligament Rupture Dog

Here you find all information about Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Dogs.
A Cruciate Ligament Rupture in a Dog is also called a Canine Cruciate Ligament Rupture. It is a common injury of the dog knee. Most affected is the cranial cruciate ligament, because the cranial cruciate ligament is heavily used in the life of a dog. When the cranial cruciate ligament is ruptured a dog usually suffers from symptoms like hobbling, limping and lameness.

 

Cruciate Ligament Rupture Dog: Information

The canine cruciate ligament rupture is an orthopaedic issue. Bigger dogs statistically are more affected than smaller dogs. Cruciate ligament ruptures in dogs may come from overstressing or accidents. But most of them appear in a silent process. It begins with small fissures in the cruciate ligament. These micro fissures weaken the cruciate ligament of the dog by and by. At a later stage the cruciate ligament is kind of worn out which results in an instability of the dog knee. The dog knee cannot hold its position anymore. In the following time the dog knee moves in a quite uncontrolled manner which causes additional stress for the cruciate ligament. These forces finally result in a cruciate ligament rupture.

But a canine cruciate ligament rupture can be treated — as you can see in this video:

 

Cruciate Ligament Rupture Dog: High-risk group

Bigger dogs statistically are more affected than smaller dogs. And also heavy dogs suffer more often from a cruciate ligament rupture than lightweighted dogs. Also older dogs are more affected than younger dogs. A further risk factor is the body fitness of the dog: non-active and overweighted dogs have a higher risk of a cruciate ligament rupture than active and normal weighted dogs. Also arthritis in all its different characteristics can bring a risk.

 

Cruciate Ligament Rupture Dog: Symptoms

The most common symptom of a cruciate ligament rupture is lameness of the dog. This can be combined with limping or hobbling of the dog. The symptoms are likely to be more severe when standing up from lying on the floor or directly after waking up. Your dog can also avoid to load the affected knee and tries to use the other leg in place of it. In general the dog is unwillingly moving and prefers a relieving posture.

In this video you can see what is actually going on in your dog:

 

Cruciate Ligament Rupture Dog: Diagnosis

If you suspect your dog having a canine cruciate ligament rupture, you should consult a veterinarian in any case. A not treated canine cruciate ligament rupture is not only painful but brings also the risk of consequential troubles like arthrosis.

Your veterinarian will examine your dog and make a diagnosis.

 

Cruciate Ligament Rupture Dog: Therapy

A canine cruciate ligament rupture can be treated either by conservative methods or by surgery. Your veterinarian will decide which method is the best for your dog.

If your veterinarian should decide for surgery then TTA RAPID is state of the art. (see: History of TTA)

Compared to alternative TTA and TPLO Methods the TTA RAPID method is kept quite simple: TTA RAPID is just one implant with 4/6 screws. The surgery takes only between 18 and 40 Minutes (alternative Techniques need at least 40 to 90 minutes). This way TTA RAPID minimizes stress of anesthesia and with that the risk of kidney damage of your dog. TTA RAPID implants are made of Titanium (Grade 1), which minimizes the risk of infection. In addition the implant is designed with a open sponge construction which allows the bone to grow completely through the implant.

Last but not least: TTA RAPID is easy to learn. This minimizes the risk of human mistake.

Even if you are not a surgeon — we are sure you understand the technique within 2 minutes: