Rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in an English Bulldog by Uwe Gille, licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

For dogs weighing less than 15kg, cranial cruciate disease can be managed conservatively – weight loss until an appropriate Body Condition Score (BCS) is achieved, exercise restriction for 3 to 6 weeks, and possibly physical therapy and pain medication – allowing acceptable comfort and function.

In dogs weighing more than 15kg, cruciate disease will eventually cause significant arthritis, and dysfunction is inevitable without surgical treatment.

No single surgical technique is clearly superior, so the choice of surgical repair should be decided by the surgeon and the needs of the owner.

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1 year 1 month ago

I have started using cold laser therapy on cats and small dogs with a good rate of success in terms of not proceeding to surgery. Combine this with pentarthron and nutraceuticals and owner response as well as patient response is good.


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