The cranial cruciate ligament (the CCL) is part of the stifle joint and acts to limit internal rotation and forward movement of the lower part of the hind leg relative to the upper part in dogs. In people, this is called the anterior cruciate ligament, or the ACL, and is part of the knee. Damage to the cruciate ligament is one of the most common causes of hind limb lameness in domestic dogs.
The crutiate ligament can tear and this with correct supplementation and confinement can repair over time. A ruptured crutial ligament will require surgery.
signs and symptoms:
Lameness in leg
Instability in knee joint – this can be determined by your vet or animal naturopath.
Speak to our Animal Naturopath for further assistance