Raffia's almighty yelp leads to footballer's surgery

Raffia was running around happily a few days ago, when suddenly she yelped and started hopping on three legs. This is commonly the way rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament occurs in dogs. (Yes, that's the same injury that happens to all of the footballers).

When Raffia was brought to the clinic by her owners and examined under sedation we could feel that her knee joint (called the stifle in dogs) was unstable and this confirmed the diagnosis. This is a painful injury for dogs which requires surgery to restore stability to the joint. Raffia has now had surgery and in 2 - 3 months will be playing and running again.