Conservative Management for Puppies – Hazel

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?

Hazel’s Story

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).

3 thoughts on “Conservative Management for Puppies – Hazel

  1. It breaks my heart when I hear about such a young dog with this type of injury! My dog was pretty old when he tore his ACL and we went the conservative route too, with a woundwear brace and some anti-inflammatory meds. I’m happy to hear your having such good luck with Hazel’s CM! Keep up the good work. Hazel’s got a long life ahead of her 🙂

    1. Hi Nina, what anti inflammatory did you use? Also, did you use any Omega 3 Fish oil or other supplements??
      thanks

      1. Hi Susan,
        I used Rimadyl, which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that my vet had discussed. I know, there are so many different drugs and supplements, I just tried to keep it simple. 🙂

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