Van Loon Animal Hospital Offers Cruciate Ligament Surgery for Canines

Animals can experience orthopedic issues, just as people do, such as hip problems and cruciate ligament injuries. Your dog may develop sudden limping, swelling, and pain that may indicate a cruciate ligament tear in the knee. These problems often affect large breeds of dog, such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds, but they can also occur in smaller breeds. Severe injury may require surgery to return the animal to full function. At Van Loon Animal Hospital in Holmen, WI, we offer orthopedic surgery, such as cruciate ligament repair, to restore normal function.

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Symptoms of Cruciate Ligament Injury

Sudden limping, yelping, or whimpering because of pain and difficulty walking may signal a cruciate ligament tear, especially if your dog has engaged in vigorous physical activity. The animal may sit with its leg sticking out at the side, instead of tucked under its body. The knee may seem swollen and the tissue thickened. A trip to your veterinarian can help your dog recover from this common orthopedic problem.

Diagnosis of Cruciate Ligament Injury

Your vet will perform a physical exam to diagnose any dysfunction in the knee joint that could indicate a cranial cruciate ligament tear. X-rays will be administered to determine the precise condition of the knee joint and to rule out any other problems.

The Cruciate Ligament Surgical Procedure (TPLO-Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy)

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Conservative treatment, such as bracing, anti-inflammatory medications, and steroid drugs can help to resolve minor cruciate ligament tears in smaller animals. However, larger animals often require surgery to fully restore torn tissue. A number of different procedures can be performed for this repair, depending on your dog’s needs. Each type of procedure seeks to stabilize the knee joint with special materials and methods. Owners must limit their dog’s activity for a period of time after surgery, to allow the area to heal properly. Gradually, exercise is increased, until the animal is able to achieve normal function.

Make Van Loon Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian for Pet Surgery in Holmen
Dr. Hein and the team at Van Loon Animal Hospital believe that all of their patients in Holmen, WI, and the surrounding areas deserve individualized, quality veterinary care. We offer many pet services, including exams, vaccinations, dental care, preventative care, surgery, boarding, and emergency care. Call Van Loon Animal Hospital today at 608-526-2200 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn about the procedures that can help animals enjoy a more active life.