I noticed that I was receiving a lot of searches for Cranial Crucial Ligament, that’s why it’s in the title. The proper term is Cranial Cruciate Ligament, however I thought I’d try to help out all the people who were searching for Crucial Ligament. Just acting as the Good Samaritan of the internet! Thanks to all the response I’ve gotten, I now have a dedicated site for this topic – visit Dog Knee Ligament Injuries.
So we were out at the beach the other day, and our dog Roxy (a 5 1/2 year old American Pit Bull Terrier) came up limping. She’s had slight hip problems in the past, so we took her home, let her rest and decided to see how she was doing the following day. The following day was the same, rear leg just dangling, unable to put any pressure on it, so we took her into the “Doggie ER”. Side note – if your dog isn’t suffering from a life threatening condition, don’t bother with a Pet Emergency Clinic – you’ll see why. At the ER, they decided to give her X-Rays to see if her ligament was torn – those of you who have ever done ligament damage to yourself probably realize that ligaments cannot be seen in X-Rays, you need an MRI for that! So in addition to X-Rays ($400) our dog had to be sedated, so that the doctor could “aggressively manipulate the joint” to test for instability… can we do this in the first place next time??? Anyways, the conclusion at the ER was that the dog had ruptured her Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL, or the doggie ACL) and we were then advised to take our dog to its primary care veterinarian in 1-3 days. We unfortunately didn’t have a primary care vet, but we came across a local clinic that has a specialist fly in once a month to perform CCL surgeries, and it was our lucky day, because the day that we took our dog in, the doctor had another “patient” cancel, so he had one opening and he performed the surgery yesterday, and I picked our dog up today. I’ll follow this article up with updates on the dogs status & treatment, but for the time being, I’ve put together some information below about CCL injuries and surgical repair procedures.
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