Sophie LaFace

Month: 
2020-03

A RUPTURED CRUCIATE LIGAMENT IS THE MOST COMMON KNEE INJURY OF DOGS.

Sophie ruptured her left cruciate ligament in 2017. She came in to the hospital because she had been limping, and after a physical exam and radiographs under sedation the veterinarians diagnosed her injury and recommended surgery. She went to Kelowna and had a TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy) to stabilize her knee. Sophie was able to heal with lots of rest, pain medication, and time. In the summer of 2019, she began limping on her other hind leg after running around by the river. Many large dogs with one ruptured ligament end up rupturing the other one within a year, especially if they have some excess weight. After more sedated radiographs, Sophie was diagnosed with a ruptured cruciate ligament on the other leg and again, surgery was recommended. Sophie is lucky to have very committed owners who brought her once again to Kelowna for another TPLO. Recovery and rehabilitation from this surgery usually includes icing the knee, lots of rest, and a slow reintroduction to exercise. Healing can take 6 weeks or more. The best way of preventing your dog from a cruciate ligament rupture is to keep them at a lean, healthy weight. Ask your veterinarian or RVT for tips on how to do so!