Dog and Cat Knees – A Joint Worth Protecting!

Dog and Cat Knees – A Joint Worth Protecting!

By Brian Beale, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists

Did you know the dog and cat each have 2 knees….just like us! Injury to the knee is the most common cause of lameness and pain in both dogs and cats. A tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is often the culprit. ACL tears occur frequently in man, but it is even more common in dogs. If left untreated, life long arthritis can ensue causing permanent pain and loss of function of the affected knee.