Pottsee the 4-year-old Great Dane recently experienced a tear to her cruciate ligament. Cruciate ligaments in the legs allow for greater range of motion. This type of injury is fairly common among dogs and can happen for a number of reasons, such as “landing wrong” when running or jumping. Overweight dogs face a greater risk of cruciate ligament injuries.
When this injury occurs, it can cause pain, lameness, and difficulty walking on the affected leg. Surgery is required and there are a few different methods of surgery that can be performed, depending on the dog and the owner’s preference.
Pottsee went to the veterinary hospital for an overnight stay to have TPLO surgery which is a procedure involving altering the knee joint with a metal plate so that it can function properly without the cruciate ligament. This type of surgery is becoming increasingly popular and has a low risk of re-injury.