Torn cruciate ligaments are one of the most common injuries in dogs, often requiring intensive treatment and long-term care. This injury affects the knee joint and can significantly affect the quality of life of our four-legged friends.
What is a cruciate ligament tear?
The cruciate ligament is a central component of the knee joint that ensures stability and correct movement. A tear in this ligament leads to pain, lameness and long-term joint problems.
Causes: How does it happen
Cruciate ligament tears can be caused by acute injuries or chronic wear and tear. Acute injuries are often the result of sudden movements or accidents. In the case of chronic tears, factors such as obesity, genetic predisposition and degenerative joint diseases play a role.
Symptoms: What are the signs?
A common sign of a cruciate ligament rupture is sudden lameness in the affected leg. Dogs often show pain reactions when the knee joint is touched and avoid putting weight on the leg.
Diagnosis: How is a cruciate ligament rupture diagnosed?
Diagnosis is usually made through a combination of clinical examination, X-rays and possibly a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to determine the extent of the injury.
Treatment options: What routes are available
Treatment depends on the severity of the injury. Mild cases can be treated with rest, anti-inflammatory medication, nutritional supplements and physiotherapy. In more severe cases, surgery is often necessary to stabilise the knee joint and prevent long-term damage.
After surgery, careful aftercare is crucial. This also includes nutritional supplements, physiotherapy and controlled exercise and, if you are overweight, a special diet to promote optimal recovery.
Prevention: Can you prevent a cruciate ligament rupture?
While not all cruciate ligament ruptures can be prevented, regular exercise, a healthy diet and avoiding overuse and obesity can help to minimise the risk.
Supported by supplements
In many cases, supplements such as our DOG FIT by PreThis® VITAL regeneration in combination with our VITAMIN B complex can help support recovery time and reduce the risk of re-injury. VITAL regeneration and VITAMIN B contain important nutrients that contribute to recovery from injuries of all kinds.
Finally: A healthy dog’s life
Torn cruciate ligaments are undoubtedly a serious and often painful condition for any dog. However, with the right treatment and care, most dogs can make a full recovery and lead an active, happy life.
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