A ruptured ACL or CCL is the most common knee injury of dogs; in fact in most cases a sudden lameness of the hind limb tends to be a ruptured cruciate until proven otherwise. The most common signs include: sudden pain of the hind limb, swelling of the knee, instability of the knee, or hindlimb weakness.
Can a dog recover from a torn ACL without surgery?
A torn ACL in dogs is one of the most common dog injuries. A torn ACL requires rest, immobilization, and sometimes surgery. It is entirely possible for a dog to recover from an ACL tear without surgery. Many dogs heal through surgery alternatives like orthopedic braces and supplements.
Can a dog live comfortably with a torn ACL?
Sure, it is possible to survive with a torn ACL. Sadly, it may be the only option if you absolutely cannot afford surgery. However, if you can afford surgery, it will dramatically improve your dog’s (or cat’s) quality of life.
How do you treat a torn ACL in a dog?
Conservative treatment options for a canine ACL tear include:
- Physical therapy.
- Chiropractic adjustments.
- Use of a leg brace.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Anti-inflammatory supplements.
Can a dog recover from torn ACL?
Although dogs can recover from a partial CCL tear without surgery, they will likely suffer from bone spurs, pain, and decreased range of motion. Your veterinarian at Animal Care Center will determine the best course of treatment for your dog, and guide you through the recovery process.
Should I ice my dog’s ACL tear?
First icing the knee 3-4 times per day for 10-15 minutes is helpful. You can make a very effective icepack using 2 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol in a Ziploc freezer bag.
How successful is ACL surgery in dogs?
The success rate of TPLO surgery is extremely high, with as many as 90-95% of dogs returning to near-normal function. Most dogs achieve about 95% of their normal limb function and return to their prior level of activity approximately 10-12 weeks post-TPLO surgery.
Is an ACL tear painful for dogs?
At the moment when the ACL tears, a dog will experience sudden pain and often hold their leg up. Depending on the severity of the tear, they may then avoid putting any weight on the leg for a day or so, and when they do use it again will have a limp that often continues for several weeks.
How do you tell if a dog tore an ACL?
Signs of a Torn ACL in Dogs
- Limping in the hind legs.
- Joint stiffness that is most noticeable when resting after physical activity.
- Difficulty jumping or rising from the floor.
- Sitting with one hind leg stuck out to the side.
- Clicking sound when your dog walks.
Can an ACL tear in a dog be misdiagnosed?
Despite their prevalence, CCL injuries are frequently misdiagnosed. In most cases, CCL damage is caused by slow degeneration from a longstanding injury rather than a sudden tear.
Is ACL surgery safe for dogs?
Any time your adored pet needs surgery, it is a serious situation. The invasive nature of dog ACL surgery is something to consider. The good news is that after dog ACL surgery, most dogs can start using their repaired leg within just days of surgery.
Can a torn ACL heal on its own?
The ACL cannot heal on its own because there is no blood supply to this ligament. Surgery is usually required for athletes because the ACL is needed in order to safely perform the sharp movements that are required in sports.