Meet Ollie, the 10-year-old Bichon Frise. He paid us a visit last month after he began limping on his left hind leg. After physical examination, Dr. Jon suspected Ollie had torn his cruciate ligament (you’ll often hear about a similar injury in AFL players who have torn their ‘ACL’). Some anti-inflammatory and pain medication was dispensed, and he was admitted a couple of days later for comprehensive radiographs under general anaesthesia.

Not only did the radiographs reveal that Ollie had indeed ruptured his cruciate ligament – it was also found that Ollie had several bladder stones, ouch!

A ruptured cruciate ligament is one of the most common knee injuries seen in dogs. The sudden onset of lameness in a hind leg is often the first sign of injury. The two main causes of ligament rupture are degeneration of the ligament or direct trauma – with the pet having done something as simple as landing the wrong way during an athletic activity. Overweight or obese dogs are more prone to this type of injury as they carry more weight and are more prone to ligament degeneration. Breed predisposition also plays a key role.

There are two cruciate ligaments in a dog’s knee, connecting the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone), acting to stabilise the knee joint. While not life threatening, a ruptured cruciate ligament is painful and immobilising and needs to be addressed.

Ollie was booked for cruciate repair surgery and prescribed a diet of Hills Canine C/D to treat his bladder stones.

We’re pleased to report that Ollie is doing well, visiting us regularly for follow up Zydax injections.

Zydax injections are a great follow up option for our orthopaedic patients, as well as those suffering from osteoarthritis. Zydax acts in multiples ways:

  • Stimulates cartilage producing cells to produce healthy cartilage
  • Slows cartilage damage by destructive enzymes
  • Stimulates joint capsule cells to produce lubricating joint fluid
  • Reduces swelling and blocks inflammatory processes
  • Improves blood flow and nutrition to joint structures

If your dog suddenly shows signs of pain or limping, be sure to see a vet as soon as possible.