Sports news is full of stories of athletes facing surgery to repair a torn or ruptured ACL. But, did you know it’s one of the most common causes of rear leg lameness in dogs?
A torn or ruptured cranial (anterior) cruciate ligament can occur when a dog jumps down off an object (furniture, from a vehicle, deck, etc.), steps in a hole, or tries to stop suddenly. He/she will become suddenly lame, but may toe-touch when trying to walk slowly or stand.
The injury can be diagnosed on a physical exam by performing an Anterior Drawer Test or Tibial Thrust Test. A positive test results in a discussion of the four (4) different surgical options, and a determination of the best course of action.
If your pet becomes lame, please schedule an appointment with us for a physical. We can plan a course of action to get him/her back on all four legs!