Dealing with a torn dog ACL? This blog has information about dog ACL tear symptoms and causes, surgery (like TPLO surgery), conservative treatment, and more!
A torn dog ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is when a dog tears (either partially or completely) the ligament that stabilizes the knee and keeps the tibia from moving in front of the femur. Technically for dogs, this is called a CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) tear; ACL tear is what it’s called when it happens in humans, but it’s referring to a similar ligament in dogs. In this article, the term CCL and ACL will be used interchangeably.
The new dog care routine following your dog’s ACL surgery (also known as CCL - “cranial cruciate ligament” surgery and may be used interchangeably in this article) can be stressful for you and your pet. The surgery is just half of the journey, home exercises are vital to helping your pet get back to a regular life and help prevent future problems.