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Lameness in Dogs: Can You Prevent It?

This type of injury is one of the most common orthopedic conditions in dogs causing lameness - and the condition most often requiring surgery. Which breeds are most susceptible, what causes it and is there anything you can do to help your high-risk pet avoid it?

cranial cruciate ligaments

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Damage to cranial cruciate ligaments (CCLs) is one of the most common orthopedic conditions in dogs and the condition most often requiring surgery
  • A recent study revealed the breeds most and least likely to acquire a CCL injury in the U.K., and which dogs are most likely to undergo surgery to repair the damage
  • Signs of a potential CCL injury include lameness, abnormal body position, swelling of the knee and a clicking sound in the knee
  • There are several contributors to CCL damage, most being lifestyle related and preventable, if addressed prior to ligament degeneration
  • Treating CCL damage non-surgically requires a healing and maintenance protocol that includes a nutritionally optimal fresh food diet, pain management and joint support, rehabilitation therapy and a restricted strength-building exercise protocol

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