Dog Acl Injury – Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

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Injury in Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the most common orthopedic concerns that dogs face today.

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Dog Acl Injury– Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention:

Dog Acl Injury– Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention Injury in Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the most common orthopedic concerns that dogs face today. Cruciate ligament dogs , also known as Cranial Cruciate Ligament, connect the femur bone with tibia, the bone below the knee. Typically, it stabilizes the knee joint in animals. All dogs can get ACL injury, though there are certain breeds that are more prone to such injury, including poodles, Labrador retrievers, bichon frises, golden retrievers, rottweilers, and German shepherds. Moreover, dogs that are overweight have conformational abnormalities, which are unfit and engage in irregular strenuous activities, and male varieties that have been neutered less than 5 months old have predispositions to ACL injury. Causes Torn ACL in dogs can be extremely painful and if left untreated, it can cause lameness in affected rear leg and eventually lead to chronic irreversible degenerative joint changes. It is also a major cause of progressive osteoarthritis in dogs. Delightfully, there is high success rate with dog ACL surgery and the treated dogs can resume their regular activities post rehabilitation. There are several causes for ACL injuries, though precise reasons are yet to be understood. Continuous biomechanical wear and tear of the ligament causes it to breakdown gradually, eventually leading to a point where it tears completely. Walking, jumping and running can cause wear and tear of the ACL. On the other hand, strenuous repetitive activities, obesity, and traumatic injuries can also cause the ligament to wear off. Symptoms Symptoms of ACL injury often show up gradually and the affected dog becomes lamer as the ligament deteriorates further. Other times, there are no advanced warning symptoms where there is a tear or rupture of the ligament. Symptoms of torn ACL includes–

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* Weakness or lameness in one of both hind legs * Sitting in an odd angle with the hind leg slanted off to one side in an unusual way * Reluctance to use one or both the hind legs * Difficulty or stiffness to get up in the morning * Limping that worsens with physical activities and improves with rest * Muscle atrophy * Swelling and inflammation around the knee joint * Abnormal sitting or walking posture, particularly over hip and back areas Prevention   Dog ACL surgery isn’t the best thing that you would want for your loving pet. Therefore, it is important to take some preventive measures to avoid ACL injury as much as possible. Keep your dog at high-quality appropriate diet and at optimal weight. Give it regular moderate exercise. At the same time, ensure that if it is inactive for a long period of time; don’t get it do sudden strenuous activity. Dogs with conformational abnormalities shouldn’t be bred and their activities should be monitored closely.

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