Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Dogs
Cruciate ligament injuries are a common hind leg problem in dogs, occurring in the stifle or knee. Dogs with a ruptured cruciate will typically hold the leg up and not put any weight on the limb. These dogs show stiffness on rising or unwillingness to exercise. If your dog is limping, it is essential that you take him or her for a vet check-up. The vet will be able to ascertain if the cruciate ligament has been damaged and prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatories.
How do we treat cruciate ligament injuries?
Cruciate injuries in dogs can be managed surgically via TPLO surgery or non-surgically. Non-surgical and post-op cases will typically receive light exercise in our underwater treadmill, and pet physiotherapy using lasers, ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic therapy and electro-muscle stimulation to help build muscle and control pain. We also devise a tailor made home exercise program to ensure that the dog stays mobile.
Repeated sessions on our hydro treadmill will ensure that your dog stays healthy, and will ensure no muscle is lost during the healing process. We recommend 2 sessions per week initially, but the frequency drops quickly as your pet recovers. If your pet has a problem with their cruciate ligament, we can help speed up the healing and relieve the pain your pet is suffering.