There are many good resources for information on canine cruciate ligament injuries and treatment. Here are a few recommended ones:
Nationwide Pet HealthZone: Cruciate Ligament Tears and Dogs
VCA Animal Hospitals: Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Dogs
American College of Veterinary Surgeons: Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease (https://www.acvs.org/small-animal/cranial-cruciate-ligament-disease)
As pet weights have crept up in recent years, Veterinary Pet Insurance (Nationwide) has seen a corresponding increase in the number of claims for cruciate and/or meniscus injuries, from 6,825 in 2009 to 8,198 in 2013, with incremental gains shown in every year in between. So far in 2014, we have an average claimed amount of $2,490 for cruciate surgeries, making these one of the more expensive of our most common claims. While we don’t know how many of these claims were for pets that were overweight or obese, given the prevalence of fat pets, it’s a good hunch that many were, making these pets at greater risk for these injuries.
The best way to avoid this painful and expense surgery is to keep your dog fit and at or just below ideal body weight. Talk to your veterinarian for advice on your pet’s ideal weight and how to achieve it. And because nothing in life is guaranteed, make sure your pet is ready for anything with pet health insurance, just in case. Nationwide is here to help.