ACL (Cruciate) Injuries – What You Need to Know

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a ligament within the knee joint that connects the femur to the tibia. It is critical in maintaining normal knee function.

The ACL tear is the most common orthopaedic injury in dogs, normally occurring in middle age active dogs. In the majority of cases complete ACL tears will require surgery to give your animal the best chance of full recovery.

The GOOD NEWS is that there has been great advancement in what type of surgical repairs for ACL injury are available to pet owners. At Companion Animal Hospital we perform a procedure called a TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement). We have chosen this procedure as opposed to the TPLO procedure to provide to our clients for many reasons.

The TTA procedure is much less invasive than a TPLO and can be performed in less time. This benefits the animal and the owner. A TPLO requires a longer and more restrictive recovery time. This is especially tough on many dogs as most dogs with the injury are active and to not do well with confinement. The TPLO has a higher rate of post surgical complications including injuries to the meniscus post surgery and leaves the dog with less range of motion in the knee as compared to the TTA.

Not all BUT MOST dogs are candidates for a TTA and some may require a TPLO or another option. To help decide which procedure is best for your animal you should seek advice from a veterinarian. If your dog has been recently diagnosed with an ACL tear and you are wondering which option is best for you and your animal please contact Dr Don Slaunwhite at Companion Animal Hospital. We will gladly help you to make the right decision for your pet.

By Dr. Don Slaunwhite


Let’s get Active!

I am sure you all know that it's important to make sure our furry friends stay active. However, once winter time hits well that is simply more difficult with the snow and storms that come around. So then how do we keep our friends active in winter as we would in spring/summer? Why is physical activity & mental stimulation so important for animals? Well simply put, as humans do, if they are stuck inside, they will get bored which then can make them become destructive and have other negative behaviors. Cats Cats may not always be outside walking like dogs, but you may still notice with the change in weather maybe they are slowing down and not exercising like they should? Here are some helpful ways to encourage them to exercise. Set up a game of hide and seek and hide toys or treats for them to find. Bring in something new from outside like a stick to mentally stimulate them and work out their brain. The new smells and textures can be very enriching for them. Winter is the perfect time for box forts for our kitty friends. If you have spare time made them a kitty castle or kitty boat whatever your imagination can think of! And of course, everyone likes a little stimulation from Tv. Put on something on the tv or a tablet and let them watch it but be careful they do not knock over your TV. Dogs Our dog friends love to be outside! This is great when the weather is cooperating but on those days that it just makes no sense to go outside or is unsafe to so you can try these helpful exercising tips. Let them walk/run on a treadmill. Now as great as this is for exercise you also need to be careful. Desensitize them to the treadmill first, and start slowly. It can be dangerous if not done properly. If your furry friend likes car rides, go on a trip together even just a short one. Let them enjoy the different sights and smells. Winter is perfect time to learn new tricks! This is the time to teach them that special trick you have wanted to for a while. Set up an obstacle course in your house for them to try and get through. Written by: Ashley G, VT    

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Last updated: June 9, 2022.

Dear Clients,

Masks are now optional for both staff and clients at our hospital. Please respect everyone's comfort level. Here is what you can expect:

For appointments:
  • There are no longer any capacity limits on our exam rooms or reception area
  • Masks are optional for both team members and clients.
  • For food / medication / retail:
  • It is best to call your order in ahead of time so the team can get it ready for you. Please allow 24 - 48 hours for medication refills
  • We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of: vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.


    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Companion Animal Hospital