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The news that your dog has a knee injury and needs surgery is upsetting and can be devastating to a pet owner. Though this may be your first experience with a pet having torn the cruciate ligament, you are not alone. Over 600,000 dogs a year are diagnosed with knee injuries.

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture (CCLR) injuries often happen to active, athletic dogs during the course of normal play and activity. Commonly referred to as an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury in people, primarily athletes, this injury significantly affects the function of the leg and requires surgery to restore the limb for regular use. There are three main ways to repair the problem, each with its own pros and cons: Lateral Suture Technique, Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), and Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO).

At Countryside, we offer both the Lateral Suture technique, typically for smaller dogs and cats, and the TTA technique for medium to larger breed dogs. The TPLO is a procedure limited to veterinary surgeons, thus not offered at Countryside, and is an alternative procedure to the TTA. Once your pet is diagnosed with a CCLR, our team will discuss each procedure, its pros and cons, and make a recommendation for your individual pet.

CCLR repairs are done on the premises — no off-site referral needed — and costs less than the TPLO at surgical referral centers. Drs. Holub, Kopser and Churchill are well trained and skilled at repairing cruciate ruptures using both lateral suture and TTA techiniques and are available to perform this surgery Monday through Thursday. Your pet will have one overnight stay following the procedure for pain management. Like any orthopedic surgery, including in humans, physical therapy is recommended to get the leg back to full working order in the shortest time. Countryside offers the convenience of managing all your pet’s physical therapy needs in our on-site, state-of-the-art Canine Rehabilitation Suite, led by Dr. Jacobs, CCRP and Hollie Neild, CVT, CCRP.

To schedule a consultation appointment or learn more about what Countryside can offer your family, please call 978-256-9555, or send an email to