ACL injuries

Could your pet have injured their ACL?

'Rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament' (ACL) is a common ligament injury in our pet patients, as well as a common human injury. This ligament is located in the knee and can be torn as a result of a sudden traumatic event (eg. jumping over a fence), or it may rupture after slow progressive breakdown on the ligament. ACL injury is the most common ligament injury we see in dogs. Amazingly it isn't as common in cats, but we do see it occasionally in them as well. Prevention isn't possible but excessive weight does increase the likelihood of this injury occurring, especially with bigger breeds. Commonly, the tear is sudden and resulting lameness can be so severe that your pet refuses to stand on the leg. If this happens to your pet, give us a call straight away.