Torn cruciate ligament in dogs
The cruciate ligaments keep the bones in the legs of the dog together. They are two straps that are stretched crosswise between the tibia and thigh. When a cruciate ligament is torn, the knee is no longer stable, allowing the thigh and tibia to slide over each other. Osteoarthritis can occur as a result of the associated friction. There is also a lot of pressure on the meniscus, as a result of which it can also rupture. It is therefore important to take action immediately if you suspect that your dog has a torn cruciate ligament.
Costs of cruciate ligament surgery
For information about the rates of a cruciate ligament operation for dogs, please contact our practice.
Cruciate ligament operation in dogs
Unfortunately, a torn cruciate ligament can only be corrected by means of a cruciate ligament operation. If the knee is not operated, the dog will continue to suffer. Also, the situation can only get worse because of possible osteoarthritis and tearing of the meniscus. A commonly used technique for repairing a torn knee ligament is the Modified Maquet Procedure (MMP). This technique is also used by the veterinarians of Dierenkliniek Het Zicht. Below you can see how this operation is performed. For more information about a ruptured cruciate ligament in your dog, see our page about knee surgery in dogs.
Symptoms of a ruptured cruciate ligament dog
The symptoms of a torn cruciate ligament in your dog are similar to symptoms of knee problems. It is therefore important to have the vet make a diagnosis as soon as possible so that you can be sure that your dog's situation does not deteriorate. A torn knee ligament can also damage the meniscus. Some symptoms of a torn cruciate ligament are:
- Sudden limping after playing
- Not putting weight on the leg
- Swelling of the knee
The rehabilitation of Dana after a cruciate ligament operation