Dog Knee Infected After CCL Knee Surgery – Infection Caused by Surgical Hardware

The following story and questions came from reader Nina through our Contact Page. I haven't had any experience with these problems, so I'm hoping that some of our readers can help answer some of Nina's questions. My Boxer mix had tight rope surgery on his knee April 2010. I did all the slow rehabilitation like the vet requested. His knee still gave him problems and after … [Read more...]

Cost of Dog Knee Surgery – Are There Options to Reduce the Cost?

Dealing with a torn cranial crucial ligament in your dog is never an easy thing, and when you add in the high cost of dog knee surgery, it can become a very stressful situation for both the dog and the dog owner. When you begin to research the type of surgeries available to treat the injury, you'll find the following primary surgery types which can range anywhere from … [Read more...]

Diagnosis – How We Determined Our Dog Had A Torn/Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL)

As with ACL tears in humans, CCL tears in dogs can be sudden and very noticeable, or they can develop slowly over time. When a person injures their knee and suffers a torn ACL, it is normally going to be very painful and the joint will feel very unstable and in most cases, will not be able to be used. The same will hold true for dogs when they injure their CCL. When our dog … [Read more...]

Cruciate Ligament in Dogs, Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament (Crucial)

The cranial cruciate ligament in dogs provides stability to the knee (stifle) joint. Any strain, tearing or rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament can, and will, result in knee (stifle) instability. A strained cranial cruciate ligament can, in many cases, be repaired or heal itself without surgery. Strains should be treated with conservative management. Tears and ruptures of … [Read more...]

Conservative Management as a Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Treatment Option

Though this wasn't our first choice when dealing with our dogs ruptured cranial cruciate ligament, Conservative Management (or Conservative Treatment) is a non-surgical option of CCL treatment that should be considered by all dog owners prior to surgery. Consider the human knee for example, you've all probably heard of torn or ruptured ACL's (meaning the ligament is entirely … [Read more...]