Your pet may have a CCL tear if showing any of theses signs:
A cranial cruciate ligament tear is not an emergency surgery. However, it is painful. If your pet was limping and is now non-weight baring, there is a high chance for a meniscal tear which can be very painful for the pet. Surgical stabilization of the knee will decrease pain, improve muscle mass and help slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
Without surgical intervention to stabilize the knee, you pet will continue to experience persistent pain, lameness and progression of osteoarthritis.
There are several surgical options available, however the TPLO procedure is the gold-standard for stabilization of the knee in dogs. The prognosis is good to excellent for return to "normal" activity.
90-95% of surgeries result in a successful outcome: dramatic improvement in limb function, resolution of pain and return of normal to near normal activity levels.
Approximately 40-50 percent of pets that tear their ACL in one leg will go on to rupture or tear the opposite side within 1-2 years.
The rate of complication for this procedure is low, <5-7%. Potential complications of TPLO surgery include infection, implant failure, delayed healing and fracture. While these complications are uncommon, it is imperative that strict exercise restrictions are enforced.
Typically 8-12 weeks after surgery most pets return to normal activity levels.