CCL Knee Ligament Injuries in Puppies?
One of our readers brings up a good question: Is it possible for a very young dog to have a complete CCL tear and knee ligament damage?
Our Hazel is a 4 1/2 month old, 45 pound, large breed mutt. We suspect Sheppard, Rotti, Lab… She was ‘gimpy’ on her right hind off and on for about 2 weeks. I mentioned the limping to our vet when she went for her shots. X-rays were taken at that time, and she was diagnosed with a torn ACL.
Given her age, I am suspicious that this type of injury can even happen in a puppy so young. A strain perhaps, but a full tear??? She has low pain tolerance – if she bumps her head on the coffee table it sends her screaming like she has been mortally wounded. She would have made us aware of a sudden injury. She has not taken an unsound step in 10 days, and we are using conservative management with her. So far we’ve had excellent results (with conservative management).