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Cruciate Ligament Surgery in Dogs

Cruciate ligament injury is a common and painful condition in dogs of all ages. Luckily, cruciate repair surgery can help your pup return to running and playing pain-free. Learn more about surgery options for your dog here.

Paws & More

Cruciate Ligament Surgery in Dogs

Cruciate ligament injury is a common and painful condition in dogs of all ages. Luckily, cruciate repair surgery can help. Learn about your pup's options here.



Dog Cruciate Ligament Repair Surgery

Cruciate rupture or tearing is a common condition in dogs of all ages. Humans typically tear this ligament due to trauma from playing football, netball or other sports related incidents. In many breeds of dog however, it is their anatomy that causes the problem.

Cruciate ligament repair surgery is one of the most common procedures performed on dogs. Without performing this surgery, a ruptured cruciate ligament in dogs can lead to progressive degenerative arthritis. This can cause a lot of pain and discomfort for our furry friends, which no pet owner wants.

Paws and More in Canning Vale is fortunate to call on the experience and expertise of Dr Avi Bechar to perform the cruciate ligament repair surgery at our hospital. Dr Avi is a very experienced surgeon with over 15 years of veterinary experience. He performs the TPLO, TTA and soft tissue repairs of ruptured cruciate surgeries at our Perth vet hospital.

Dr Avi Bechar is happy to assist you as a pet owner directly, or via referral from your regular veterinary service. To discuss your pet’s cruciate ligament tear treatment and surgery options, please get in contact with our team.

Dog Cruciate Ligament Repair FAQs

The cranial cruciate ligament (or CCL) located in the stifle (or knee) is a short tough ligament that stabilises the hinged joint connecting the femur and tibia in dogs. In humans, this is called the anterior cruciate ligament (or ACL).

The cruciate ligament is important as it prevents the femur and tibia from sliding against each other. If the CCL ruptures, the tibia can slip forward under the femur, causing a lot of pain and hind leg lameness in dogs.

There are essentially two broad options to repair the CCL. The old-fashioned method is to repair the broken CCL, or more accurately, in dogs, we replace or mimic the original ligament. Unfortunately, this technique is less than ideal and although the materials we use to re-stabilise the joint are amazing, they are not as good as the original ligament and nothing is being done to correct the underlying problem.

The more modern approach is to correct the underlying conformation that caused the CCL rupture. This essentially involves cutting the bone of the tibia and repositioning it so that the mechanics are altered and the femur then presses on the tibia rather than trying to slip off. The CCL effectively becomes redundant with these techniques. The instability of the joint when the dog moves is stopped, and the pressure comes off the meniscus and so the meniscus usually heals and carries on its normal functions.

We can do this using a range of different techniques. You should consult with one of our vets to find out which is the best option for your pet.

The recovery period for a CCL repair surgery will vary between dogs depending on the severity of their injury. The recovery time typically ranges anywhere between four and six weeks. A gradual return to activity can then be introduced on the injured leg over eight to twelve weeks.

Factors that can affect your pet’s recovery time include their body weight, the specific procedure performed, how severe the injury was and the amount of inflammation to the joint. For more specific information on your dog’s injury, get in touch with one of our experienced vets today.

There are several steps you can follow to optimise your pet’s recovery from cruciate ligament repair surgery. As pet owners, we understand you want your dog to be healthy and comfortable, so we will always do our best to prepare you for a smooth recovery. 

  1. Set up a safe space in your home for your pet – This should be a small space to limit their movement on their recovering leg, with minimal obstacles.

  2. Get the appropriate equipment – Some extra equipment can help ease your dog’s recovery process. These include a ramp, harness, ice and heat packs and bedding.
  3. Organise pain management – Talk to our vets for the appropriate pain management for your pet. The most common tools are medication, icing, acupuncture and activity reduction. 

  4. Brain stimulation – When your dog has limited movement, they can get extremely bored. Consider using food puzzles, games, scenting challenges, and periodically changing your pet’s resting location to keep them stimulated. 

  5. Nutrition – The correct diet for an animal recovering from surgery is very important. Our vets can direct you on the best nutrition and supplementation for your dog. 

Physical therapy and exercise – When it’s time for your pet to start moving again, you want to ensure it is done safely. Our team can help structure a rehabilitation program for your vet.



Why Choose Paws & More?

At Paws and More Vet Centre, our team is dedicated to providing pet owners with the best service in Perth. We have a passionate team of vets and nurses who are committed to caring for animals. Our goal is to always give you a positive pet experience, and have your pets leaving happier and healthier.

You can trust our team at Paws and More to treat your pet like their own. Your pets are always our number one priority. We will always do best by your pets and aim to build a genuine relationship with our customers.

Our experienced surgeons provide the best care for your pets and are well prepared to perform your dog’s cruciate ligament repair surgery.

For honest and reliable service, choose the team at Paws and More to look after your pets.