Torn ACL in Dogs
What Causes This?
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), otherwise known as the cranial cruciate ligament, is a fibrous band of tissue that helps to connect the thigh bone to the lower leg bone. The tearing of this ligament is common in dogs. It most commonly happens in younger (1-3 years old), larger, active dogs. There are many factors that contribute to the tearing of the ligament in dogs. Unlike people, where athletic trauma is a major cause, dogs sometimes will tear their ligament seemingly with no reason. What is happening is that over time, the ligament is breaking down and getting weaker. Then, one day without warning, it partially or fully tears.
How Can We Fix It?
There are a few different, common procedures that are done to fix the ACL tear. We've listed them below, as well as some pros/cons of each, and their relative prices.