Torn ACL In Dogs
- The ACL is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament on the knee
- Tears can occur with direct impact or when the knee is bent too far
- An injury to the ACL may be acute or it could be a chronic degenerating condition.
Torn ACL in Dogs Symptoms
Here are some symptoms of a torn ACL that owners should look out for.
- Sudden onset of lameness – This may seem to get better at some point, but it will come back
- Refusing to put weight on affected limb – the dog may hold the leg above the ground and just walk, or appear to hop, on the other unaffected legs.
- Swelling of affected knee – the affected area can also feel warm and the dog may refuse to have it touched because it is painful.
Torn ACL in Dogs Treatment
Surgery is often the only recourse for a dog that has a ruptured ACL. Some of the common surgeries performed for this injury include:
- Tibial Plateau Leveling Advancement or TPLA
- Tibial Tuberosity Advancement or TTA
The type of surgery used is going to be dependent on the degree and the type of tear. TPLA has always been a popular choice, while TTA is a newer option.
Torn ACL in Dogs No Surgery
There are several reasons why some owners would opt out of surgery for a dog with a torn ACL. It could be because the dog is old or that the injury is so severe that surgery won’t necessarily be able to restore full range of motion to the knee.
The cost of surgery can also be an issue for some owners.
If a dog does not receive surgery for an ACL injury, there could be a chance that the dog looses the function of the affected leg because it will no longer be a weight bearing limb.