Stella plays hard.
She runs, jumps, twists, turns and retrieves any ball thrown her way.
Comparatively, Stella is just like an NFL football player, an athletic freak of nature.
Just like an NFL player, Stella has knees which appear durable.
But, in reality, Stella’s knees are quite fragile.
The same knees which allow her to jump on the bed, to climb up the stairs, and most importantly, to walk around and perform normal daily activities, are quite susceptible to debilitating injury.
How many times have you heard the unfortunate story of the NFL player’s career cut short because of a knee injury?
What about the college basketball player jumping for a rebound only to land on the opposing player’s foot and awkwardly hyperextend his knee while crumbling to the gym floor?
The examples go on and on.
Unfortunately, the same is true for dogs and absolutely apply to our canine companions.
Dog Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tear: What a Pain in the Leg
A torn cruciate ligament in your dog is not life-threatening, but can be extremely debilitating and lead to pain, suffering, and an inability to perform routine daily activities.
In veterinary medicine, we call torn knee ligaments a “cranial cruciate ligament injury of the stifle.”
Hold on, you say, what’s a stifle?
Well, the stifle is the veterinary term for the knee.
So, stifle equals knee!
Other names you might hear for a cranial cruciate ligament injury include the following:
- Torn ACL in dogs
- Dog cruciate ligament tear
- Canine torn ligament
- Cranial cruciate ligament rupture
- CCL disease
Semantics aside, the main thing you need to know is the following: If your dog has a torn cruciate ligament in the stifle, your dog needs veterinary attention.
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