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One of the most common forms of knee injury in dogs is injury of the cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL. Similar to the ACL in humans, the CCL acts as a stabilizer in a dog's knee, stopping the tibia from sliding forward and preventing excessive rotation or hyperextension of the knee, or stifle joint. This ligament can be injured in an accident, or it can experience gradual deterioration as the dog ages. Although surgery is not always necessary to treat a CCL injury, it is the best form of treatment for many dogs.


There are a variety of surgical options that Kenwood Pet Clinic's doctors can use to treat cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries in dogs. Our practice performs three distinct forms of dog knee surgery. Please follow the links to get more in-depth information on each of the different procedures. Our staff would be happy to discuss the different options with you and help you determine the best option for your dog, as we want to ensure the best possible outcome for each pet.

An alternative option to the TPLO surgery.

External Capsular Repair

Tightrope CCL

A modified version of external capsular repair.

Tightrope CCL

Surgery for painful, chronic knee cap dislocation

Luxating Patella Repair

We offer general orthopedic procedures such as reducing or repairing fractured bones as well as more complicated procedures.

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