Canine Knee Injuries: Road to Recovery

October 20th, 2014 | ​​​​​​​Canine Orthopedics, Regenerative Therapy

Canine Knee Injuries: Road to Recovery

Canine knee injuries are the top most common orthopedic problem in dogs, and they can also be a big hassle to take care of. If you live in Tampa and are in need of some help with your pooch’s problems, here is some information that might come in handy:

Common Diagnoses

First of all, what are the common diagnoses in dealing with this area? Most of the time, your furry best friend is suffering from one of two things:

  • A Torn or Ruptured Ligament – Like humans, dogs have an ACL, also called the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), which is prone to tearing or rupturing. This problem can be especially devastating since it is painful and expensive to repair.

  • A Floating Kneecap – This common problem occurs when your pup’s patella is no longer in its proper place. A floating patella can occur in several different degrees, depending on whether the patella returns back to its original position or stays out of place. The most severe form probably requires surgery and physical therapy.



Typically, the veterinarian will suggest surgery in order to repair canine knee injuries. Another possible solution is a procedure involving stem cells called Regenerative Stromal Stem Cells and Platelet Rich Plasma, which is offered at the Tampa Bay K-9 Rehabilitation Center.

Therapy Options for Canine Knee Injuries

The Tampa Bay K-9 Rehabilitation Center offers some of the best options in physical therapy for canine knee injuries. Some of their great therapy options include:

  • Hydrotherapy – Exercise on an underwater treadmill and swim tank will allow your pup to build up the strength in its joint slowly without putting too much weight on the problem area.
  • Dry Land Exercises – Ramps, stairs, and rails are all part of helping your dog gain full range of motion.
  • Therapeutic Massages – Who doesn’t love a good massage? Using this method, the muscles surrounding your pooch’s joint will be more relaxed and able to move freely.

Is your dog limping around and you think it might be a canine knee injury? Don’t wait to contact the Central Animal Hospital and the Tampa Bay K-9 Rehabilitation Center. Call (727) 677-9500 or fill out our online contact form for more information.

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