RUPTURE of the cranial cruciate ligament is one of the most common causes of chronic hindlimb lameness in dogs and accounts for a significant fraction of the case load of many referral surgeons, practices and teaching institutions. Difficulty in diagnosis and uncertainty as to the best method of treatment appear to be the main factors contributing to the high case load. This article describes the diagnostic signs and tests that the author finds most helpful and discusses the various treatment options.
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