Cruciate ligaments in dogs?

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  1. My 4.5 year old Rotty has damaged her rear cruciate ligament.We have tried medicines,not helping.Vet is quite keen on surgery.Is surgery the answer?

    (I have put this in the Kennel thread,but need some good advice from all quarters)
  2. My Mrs is a vet .
    She says yes - surgery is the way to fix it.
    If you don't have surgery, painkillers and antiinflammatories might help, but you say you've already tried this.
    The surgery will remodel the knee so that it's not painful any more and works well.
    Just bear in mind that a lot of the time the other one will go at some point.
  3. Hi

    We had a Labrador in the early nineties who had both rear ACLs done.

    She damaged the first and was off her back leg for some time, the vet needed to wait for the swelling to go down before operating, then she had a support bandage on for a few weeks and then it took her a while to start using the leg again. A few months later the other went. I always thought this was caused by a bit of a weakness and the extra strain of being a tripod for so long. Anyway the vet was less certain about this one and she was referred to an orthopaedic specialist (thank goodness for insurance) who carried out the reconstruction ( he also commented on the high quality of the work done by our local vet on the original injury). After the usual period of rehabilitation the dog was fine and we never had any further problems with her back legs. I am guessing but think she was about 3 years old at the time.

    Hope that helps reassure you if you do end uo down that road

  4. I asked my German hunter / vet mate Josef last night, he's the "Stadtliche Amts Tierarzt" here, in other words what he says is as good as law animals.

    He said: "Take the dog for a short walk in the woods, then when no one is looking, pop a cap in it's arse and dump it in a badger set. There's thousands of fit dogs out there who need homes!"

    Germans are pragmatists it would seem.
  5. Posted on the AKC thread. Bonnie had here cruciate replaced just over 4 years ago after she snapped it jumping over a sea wall ... when the tide was out! This is her post op:


    Wouldn't rest after the op and recovered faily quickly. She's six now and still runs around like a puppy despite also suffering from arthritis in both rear legs as the result kickings she got at 11 weeks (pre rescue).
  6. Yes, surgery is the answer. Both my womans Bernese Mountain dogs had this done. the ligaments were replaced with stuff like fishing line. Seemed to work very well, with no loss of movement and very quick recovery. The vet said the ligament will slowly regrow around the fishing line, so it ends up as good or better than new. Bloody expensive though, 400 ish per dog.


  7. So he didn't suggest searching for any gold fillings, then dumping the body in an handy incinerator then?