Joint pain is a common problem affecting older dogs, as well as younger dogs that are inactive, too active or overweight. This condition often starts as a small tear in the dogs cruciate ligament (dog acl), which may go undetected and lead to more serious conditions like full rupture of the cruciate, dog arthritis and cartilage (meniscus) injury. Early detection through regular checkups and prompt intervention by a veterinarian are essential in stopping the progression of this condition.
Cruciate Ligament Ruptures and Dog Arthritis
Deep inside your dogs knee joint are two cruciate ligaments that hold the knee together and prevent it from twisting excessively. Commonly these ligaments are ruptured or partly ruptured, leading to pain, arthritis and poor stability of the knee. Rupture of the cruciate ligament happens in two ways: