How did my dog tear her cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), it never had any trauma?

Question: 

How did my dog tear her cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), it never had any trauma?

Answer: 

In most cases, it is not a traumatic injury. Instead, the ligament weakens and degenerates from the inside out from a yet to be identified disease process. It then ruptures during normal activity over time. In some rare instances, the ligament is torn from trauma such as in very young dogs or those with a significant traumatic event.

In conjunction with your regular veterinarian, a Board-Certified Surgeon is the best clinician to treat your dog's CCL injury. The closest ExpertVet certified hospital to you is listed at the bottom of this page. For additional locations, click here.