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Cruciate Surgery (ACL)

Cruciate surgery, also known as ACL surgery, is a common procedure performed on pets to address issues related to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This ligament plays a crucial role in stabilizing the knee joint. If it is injured, your pet may experience significant discomfort and mobility issues. Before visiting All Care Animal Clinic in West Palm Beach, FL, continue reading to learn more about cruciate surgery!

Cruciate Surgery (ACL)

Causes of ACL Injuries

ACL injuries in pets can occur due to a variety of reasons, including trauma, genetics, and age-related degeneration. Activities such as running, jumping, or sudden changes in direction can also contribute to ACL tears or ruptures. These injuries are particularly common in active or overweight pets.

Symptoms of ACL Injuries

Pets with ACL injuries may exhibit a variety of symptoms, such as limping, reluctance to bear weight on the affected leg, swelling around the knee joint, and decreased activity levels. In some cases, they may also experience pain or discomfort when moving or when the affected joint is touched.

The Importance of Surgery

While some pets may initially respond to conservative treatment methods like rest, medication, and physical therapy, surgery is often necessary to address ACL injuries effectively. Without surgical intervention, your cat or dog might experience chronic pain, joint instability, and an increased risk of developing arthritis in the affected joint.

The Surgical Procedure

Cruciate surgery typically involves stabilizing the knee joint by replacing the torn ligament with a synthetic material or altering the anatomy of the joint. The specific surgical technique used will depend on certain factors like the severity of the injury, the size of the pet, and any underlying health conditions. Our veterinarian will also discuss the surgery with you in detail and provide after-care instructions.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Following cruciate surgery, your pet will require a period of rest and rehabilitation to allow the surgical site to heal properly and to regain strength and mobility in the affected leg. This process may involve restricted activity, physical therapy exercises, and pain management medications as needed. With proper care and adherence to post-operative instructions, your cat or dog can expect to return to normal function within a few months after surgery.


Contact us for an Appointment Today!

If you suspect that your pet may have suffered an ACL injury, contact All Care Animal Clinic in West Palm Beach, FL, at (561) 688-1154. We can set you up with an appointment and tell you how to prepare for your visit. When you need a veterinarian near me, our team looks forward to assisting you!


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