28 Jul Patient of the Week – Mud
Mud came to us with a wagging tail and kissing tongue, but only three functional legs! Our staff assessed him and took some radiographs, which revealed he had ruptured his CCL (cranial cruciate ligament).
Mud had TPLO surgery here with a specialist and is recovering well with rest and physiotherapy to regain his muscle tone. He stole all of our hearts here at Mountainside, and we loved getting kisses from him at all of his rechecks.
CCL tears are a fairly common injury, especially in larger dogs, which happen to a dog’s stifle joint (knee).
Your veterinarian will check for this by assessing the tibia in relation to the femur. If it slides forward this is a positive test for a torn CCL and is called a positive drawer sign.
With this injury, surgery is recommended as quickly as possible to avoid additional damage to the surrounding tissue. The surgery to correct this is called a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy).
This involves changing the relationship of the femur and tibia so the tibia doesn’t shift forward as much while they move. A plate is then inserted to allow healing of the tibia.