ACL/CCL tears are ever increasing with dogs of all sizes, breeds and ages. Dogs ACL tears are the most common orthopedic injury in dogs, reported as 85% of all orthopedic injuries.
Quite simply, this happens because of a drying tendon that loses its elasticity which makes it become dry and brittle, unable to support sudden movements like a high jump or a fast twist where the foot may stay on the ground for example.
The cruciate ligaments provide a great deal of stability for the knee and are responsible for keeping the tibia from sliding too far forward or backward when the knee bends. A tear creates instability in the dogs joint and is one of the main causes of degenerative joint disease, known as arthritis.
Why is the ACL/CCL tear so common?
- Overweight dogs are at the greatest risk
- Dogs with lack of daily exercise (poor physical condition)
- Inadequate Nutrition
- Weekend Warrior (no exercise all week, run hard on weekend)
What can you do to promote strength and suppleness in the ACL/CCL?
- Keep your dog in ideal physical condition with regular exercise
- Avoid high jumping
- Fuel their body with whole food nutrition
- Use a high quality supplement to support the musculoskeletal system
Increasing blood flow & circulation, Improving muscle tone, Enhancing cellular regeneration,
When one leg has a tear, partial tear or full tear, there is a 50% chance that the ACL on the other (supporting) leg will tear within a couple of years if not sooner. The reason for this may stem from not having the appropriate physical therapy after surgery to properly condition and strengthen all of the components of the knee along with a lack of a high quality joint supplement to support the connective tissue, ligaments and tendons.
All connective tissue consists of three primary components: fibers that are elastic and collagenous fibers which are found in the tendon, ligament, skin, cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, gut, and intervertebral disc, the ground substance which is a gel-like substance surrounding the cells, and the cells.
Dense regular connective tissue has great tensile strength that resists pulling forces especially well in one direction.
Dense regular connective tissue has a very poor blood supply, which is why damaged tendons and ligaments (torn acl) are slow to heal and need multiple weeks of down time with no jumping or twisting in order to strengthen and heal.