Dog ACL Injury
What is It?
A dog acl injury can occur when your dog twists on her hind leg.
twisting motion causes stress on the ligament. If too much tension is
applied, it tears. It can happen when your dog makes a sudden turn
while running or when slipping on a slick surface.
An acl (anterior cruciate ligament)
knee joint towards the front of the leg. Its opposite is the posterior
cruciate ligament. These ligaments work together to prevent the legs of
bone (femur and tibia) from moving back and forth across each other.
The knee is comprised of a hinge joint. When
a dog acl
is torn or stretched, there will be a sliding or slipping motion in the
leg just below the knee. Instead of a hinging motion, a torn acl will
result in the knee, or stifle joint, sliding forward or backward. This
movement is typical after an acl injury has occurred.
Bone altering surgery that decreases the TPA
to make joint stability less important for proper mobility. Short term
results appear favorable as the dog is more likely to put weight on the
leg after recovery from the surgery. But the long term effects are
questionable at best.
Dog ACL Surgery
ACL surgery does not actually repair the
ligament. Instead, an artificial ligament is inserted into the knee
joint. This new ligament takes over the function of the torn acl. After
a few weeks of confinement and controlled activity, fibrous connective
tissue builds up to stabilize joint.
There is an alternative surgery that may be
recommended called Tibial
Plateau Leveling Osteotomy. This bone altering surgery is normally
recommended for large breed acl dog injuries. TPLO
surgery is invasive
expensive, and the risks do not appear to outweigh the benefits.
Many people have experienced success without
surgery in severely
limiting activity and allowing the fibrous scar tissue to build up on
its own. Talk with your holistic vet to see if this can be considered
Risk for Arthritis?
Both dogs who recover with Conservative
those who have
had surgery are at equal risk for arthritic problems in the future. Be
sure to properly restrict your dog's activity during recovery and avoid
Nurture your dog with good
Nutri-Vet Hip & Joint Plus
to minimize the chance for arthritis.
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take the place of expert veterinarian care. Please consult with your
vet and ask about using a natural and alternative approach for the
healthcare and treatment of your pet. Find a holistic vet.