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Achilles Tendon Rupture in Dogs

Sunday, August 18, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Cute cat and dogThe following information regarding your dogs Achilles Tendon prepared by the Top Dog Library website. I was visiting friends yesterday and their dog is recovering from Achilles Tendon surgery. They have to be very careful that he does not injure it once again and they must exercise the dog leg everyday. Here’s some important information regarding the Achilles Tendon and the dogs that are prone to Achilles Tendon injury.

Who gets Achilles Tendon Rupture?

Dogs that are affected by an Achilles tendon rupture are primarily from the large sporting and working
breeds, and are usually 5 years of age and older. The Doberman pinscher and Labrador retrievers seem
to be overrepresented in this condition, but it can occur in any dog or cat, no matter what age or breed.

What are the Signs of Achilles Tendon Rupture?

With a partial rupture, the gastrocnemius tendon is torn, but the superficial digital flexor tendon is still
intact. Animals with a partial rupture will have a dropped hock, be lame in the affected leg, and will
stand with curled toes.

Dogs that have a complete rupture and all five tendons of the Achilles tendon are torn will have a
completely dropped hock, so that he is walking flat-footed rather than on his “tippy toes” like normal,
and will show signs of lameness. (show pictures of affected animals with dropped hock)

Pain and edema (swelling) will follow the injury. Eventually the gastrocnemius muscle will contract, and
the area between the bone and the tendon fills with fibrous tissue.

Thanks to Topdog for providing us with this valuable information!

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