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Cruciate Ligament Rupture

Description: The cranial cruciate ligament is one of the four tough bands of tissue that holds a knee together. A torn cranial cruciate ligament is a common injury in active dogs, which includes your breed. 

Causes: Cruciate injuries can occur in any healthy dog or cat, any age or breed, simply by landing "wrong" while running or playing. A tear or complete rupture is more likely to occur with repetitive movements, causing micro-injuries to the area. Overweight dogs may face a greater risk due to the increased weight on their joints. These injuries may also be caused by structural abnormalities, which cause undue stress on the ligaments.

What to Watch For: When a pet injures its cruciate ligament, the limb will suddenly appear lame. Your pet may limp or be unable to bear weight on his leg. He may also have an unusual range of movement. Additional signs include pain and swelling.

Diagnosis: Your veterinarian will examine the leg for unusual movement of the joint. A diagnostic evaluation includes a cranial drawer test, which requires specific manipulation of the joint to test its mobility. If the joint is very swollen, they may also take radiographs to confirm the injury.

Treatment: Usually surgical correction is done to stabilize the knee and help prevent crippling arthritis. Physical therapy and multimodal pain management are necessary to get the best outcome. Keeping him at the right weight, feeding a high-quality diet, and avoiding too much twisting of the knees (like playing Frisbee) are key in avoiding this painful injury.

Treatment Cost: TPLO surgery: $1,500 - $3,000+.

Example claim 1:

Total claim amount: $6,798.45

Deductible applied: $0.00

10% co-insurance: -$653.45

Trupanion repaid: $5,881.01

Example claim 2:

Total claim amount: $4,957.94

Deductible applied: $0.00

Ineligible costs (boarding, exam fee): $206.22

10% co-insurance: -$475.17

Trupanion repaid: $4,276.55

Breeds prone to Cruciate Ligament Rupture include:


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