New Life for a Limping Dog: ACL Repair

Damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is a well-known source of disabling injury among humans. It can strike elite athletes or weekend warriors, and usually requires surgical repair. Just like knee injuries in football, injury to the ACL is the most common orthopedic injury in dogs.

Why Is My Dog Limping?

This injury is due to a partial or complete tear of a ligament inside the stifle (knee). The resulting instability leads to pain and arthritis. The CCL is vital for maintaining stability within the knee joint because it keeps the upper bone (the femur) from sliding off the lower bone (the tibia). In most cases, the tear occurs abruptly, often in association with exercise or activity. It results in a sudden limping with the dog often unwilling to bear any weight on the affected leg. Read the rest of this entry »