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Cruciate Ligament Tear in Dogs

Dog wearing a knee brace at the lake after surgery

Pictured: Dog recovring from knee surgery spending time at the lake


A cruciate ligament tear is defined as an injury to the cruciate ligament caused by trauma to the knee or below. Injury to the cruciate ligament may lead to partial or complete disruption (tearing) of the ligament.


Partial cruciate ligament tears sometimes heal with activity restriction. Complete tears of the cruciate ligament usually require surgical correction. Partial tears often progress to complete tears.

Both types of cruciate ligament injury may lead to arthritis and chronic limping later in life.

Cost to Treat: The cost to surgically repair a cruciate ligament tear in dogs ranges between $3,000 to $6,000 depending on your dog's breed and the location and severity of the injury.

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