So my first corgi had double ACL surgery. Vet said that it was not common for corgis or small dogs in general. I chalked it up to bad genetics.

Now, my new pup 1 1/2 yrs old is limping in the same way the other one did. I'm making a vet appointment and am sooo scared that it is another ACL. I don't want to pay for surgery, fingers crossed that it is something else!

Anyone else had ACL problems with their dogs?

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Hi Carrie, check out the discussions here, here and here.
Thanks Sam for referring our blog.

It has been 1 year since Soffie suffered her injury. I am very happy to report that she is a full 10lbs lighter and successfully recovered using CM conservative management. In hindsight it was a longer process than had we opted for surgery. But I believe in Soffie's case it was a highly workable option for her. We still try to keep a watchful eye on her activity. And we will forever monitor her weight!!

Our best wishes for your little one! Hope all turns out well!
Yup! Seanna just had her ACL done in May.
Let us know what the vet says! Good luck.
Ok so the vet doesn't think its an ACL. Sherman was not cooperative for the vet and was really tense, but she couldn't feel any movement. So what it is we do not know. We are going to start him on some Adequan injections (since we already have one dog on it) and oral joint supplement and see how it goes from there.
I'm so sorry for what you’re going thru. Have you ever heard of a Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist? The one I found is a DVM ,CVSMT. I took Sally and while I've only been there once I really liked her. She also knew a lot about holistic medicine. It is just a thought for a second opinion.

Best wishes for your pup!!

ACL injuries can happen in any breed, and I think it's a lot more common than we realize. A lot of dogs can sort of heal over a long time and they end up with a bit of a hitch but people just chalk it up to old age or something.

ACL pain is OFTEN confused with hip pain, too. I read a fascinating study that took a bunch of dogs who had been diagnosed with hip dysplasia pain and the vets fixed the ACLs and lo and behold the "hip" pain ended.

The healthier you can make the joints the better; it's the inflammation of the joint that starts to break the ACL down. So Adequan is a great idea. If you don't get good results from the adequan, you should consider taking him in to a sports specialist to check his iliopsoas and other soft tissue. I'm hearing a lot about ilio strains in corgis lately, which would make sense because they have funny tendons and ligaments that are less elastic than long-legged dogs. Ilio strains can look like ACL; persistent limping in the rear.


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