What if I do nothing for my dog’s cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury?

Question: 

What if I do nothing for my dog’s cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury?

Answer: 

Doing nothing is not recommended if at all possible. You can expect a rapid advancement of osteoarthritis with chronic lameness resulting in muscle mass loss, continued discomfort and joint deterioration. If nothing else, the medical management should be performed. Smaller dogs generally do better with medical management alone compared with larger ones. This relies not on healing of the ligament but the formation of significant scar tissue around the joint that will aid in stabilizing it.

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.