The cruciate ligaments are a small pair of fibrous bands that hold the knee together, preventing the upper and lower surfaces of the knee from rubbing back and forth when the knee bends.
Cruciate rupture is more common in larger dogs, and usually happens suddenly when a dog is out playing. The most common situation is a dog out happily playing and running around who jumps and turns, then is suddenly very painful and can’t walk on one of their hind legs.
If you suspect your dog may be suffering from cruciate rupture it is advised to see your veterinarian as soon as possible as they can be more difficult to repair if left for a long period of time. Cruciate rupture is also very painful, and should be seen by a vet and treated immediately.
Cruciate ruptures nearly always need to be fixed surgically – if they are not repaired the knee bones will rub on each other, causing long term damage. We would always recommend a glucosamine supplement to help with the repair after the procedure and an Omega 3 supplement to help with inflammation. See suitable supplements here.
Whether or not surgery is required, medical care and healthy lifestyle will greatly reduce any impact of cruciate rupture on overall quality of life. Please click the links below for more information.
1. Medication to reduce the inflammation and prevent further damage, if necessary
3. A healthy diet to maintain body weight
4. Lifestyle modifications to help manage joint issues.