April 4, 2013
With the warming weather, here's a brief focus on a canine knee injury we see in active dogs. Dogs will come see us favoring their rear leg and we may diagnose a cranial cruciate ligament injury (ACL). Often it's a slow degradation of the cruciate ligament with a sudden injury due to this weakened ligament.
For some dogs the symptoms are quite obvious, such as sudden onset of limited to no weight bearing on the affected leg along with pain during manipulation of that leg. For other dogs the symptoms may be more subtle and suggestive of chronic degeneration of the ligament; in particular, waxing and waning lameness of the affected leg. Physical exam typically includes manipulation of the knee joint, as well as radiographs (x-rays) of the knee. We will provide pain medication as needed, and formulate a treatment plan to help get your dog back on its feet.
We're proud to say that Drs Craig Turino and Mark Prochaska are trained and experienced in knee surgery and we can offer leading edge procedures here at the clinic. Please take a look at our knee surgery page to read about what we do, and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.