One of the most common injuries to the knee of dogs is tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). When the anterior cruciate ligament is torn, the shin bone (tibia) slides forward with respect to the thigh bone (femur), and this movement is know as a positive drawer sign. Most dogs with this injury experience pain and limping.
The resulting instability damages the cartilage and surrounding bones and leads to osteoarthritis. To reduce pain and prevent osteoarthritis, it is important to stabilize this joint with one of several surgical options.The veterinarians at Countryside Veterinary Clinic will discuss surgical options with you and some of those surgical options can be performed here at Countryside!