ACL Injuries Aren’t Just for Athletes

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It’ll cripple the toughest of athletes, but your dog doesn’t have to be a pro-baller to suffer a torn ACL.  At Southeast Veterinary Specialists, Dr. Rose Lemarie explains, “It’s related to the slope of their tibia, where their femur sits on the top of their tibia.  That puts extra stress on their ligaments and causes them to tear.”

Dr. Lemarie is prepping her patient “Woof” for surgery on his ACL and then it’s off to the operating room.  Woof is in good hands in the O.R. and there’s a good chance he’ll have a full recovery.  The success rate of the specific ACL surgery he’s having is roughly 95-97%.  A torn ACL is usually an acute injury, but can sometimes happen when your dog isn’t running or doing anything exciting at all!  Dr. Lemarie says they’re common in both small and larger breeds.

“It’s not a technically difficult surgery.  I mean, there’s some fussy components to it, but it’s not a fussy surgery,” says Dr. Lemarie.  “It’s one that’s done routinely.  The surgery that he’s doing is one that’s been around for many, many years.”  Once Woof is well, his owners will have to keep a close eye on him.  If dogs are predisposed to cruciate tears, they’ll often tear the other side within a year.