With our beautiful climate and outdoor lifestyle, it’s not uncommon to see cruciate ligament ruptures, particularly in larger dog breeds. This ligament can weaken in older dogs and may rupture suddenly during normal activity. Lameness, stiffness and instability of the knee are common signs of the condition. Left untreated muscle wasting and osteoarthritis will develop. The earlier surgical repair is performed the more successful it will be. Several surgical methods are available and the best option can be personalised for your pet and budget.