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Your Guide To Dog Ligament Surgery

By Cathy Mercer

Many dogs will experience a cruciate injury involving lameness in the hid leg. It is recognized as significantly impacting on the overall function of the affected joint including its nerves, tissues, muscle, and cartilage. Dog ligament surgery is usually advised where this type of injury has occurred as it is the best means to assist the animal in achieving a recovered state.

The cruciate ligament injury in canines is not uncommon and often occurs in animals older than 4 years, suffering from obesity, and as a result of genetics. If you suspect that your pet has experienced acute or chronic damage it should be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. There are a few symptoms associated with this condition that may serve as an indication your animal has sustained such damage.

Chronic cases occur over time as the ligament slowly weakens and deteriorates; animals show signs of lameness that will not improve with sufficient rest. The acute injury develops as a result of participation in rigorous activities including running and jumping that suddenly impacts on the tissues. Ruptured ligaments will result in a number of uncomfortable symptoms including swelling, pain, inability to walk normally, and not placing full weight on the affected leg.

Should you suspect your dog has suffered such damage, it is best to have the region examined by a qualified veterinarian. A significant delay in having these problems addressed can lead to a number of secondary problems because there is increased pressure placed on normal tissue. It could lead to inflammation, fluid in the joint, increased knee pain, and the onset of arthritis.

Based on the completion of a physical and a digital examination a diagnosis may be provided. The vet will often apply a sedative or anesthetic to feel the affected joint and prevent possible discomfort for the animal. Surgery is only advised one the X-rays confirm the presence of this condition and whether the animal qualified for such intervention.

The treatment that is recommended for such types of damage includes surgery. During this procedure, the vet will inspect the condition of the joint, proceed to clean it, remove damaged cartilage, and replace the deteriorated ligament with an artificial one. The professional will recommend intervention depending on the overall size and age of your pet and the nature of the injury.

One cannot emphasize the importance of having a professional examination performed on animals to prevent secondary problems. The condition is characterized by a number of damages and therefore it is impossible for the vet to advise on a single plan for recovery. Every program is based on individual animal needs including the use of supplements, ongoing physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication.

If there is a significant delay in the performance of invasive procedure, the tissues will deteriorate most likely resulting in arthritis and continued lameness. The purpose for having dog ligament surgery performed is to remove all of the damage and deterioration so that adequate tissue healing can take place. An individually based program for all animals will be advised so that health and wellness may be restored.

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