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ACL Injuries - Hereditary in Field Bred Labradors?

  • July 14, 2015 12:57 PM EDT

    Audience question:

    ACL injuries are extremely common in field bred Labradors. Do you think there is a hereditary component or is it the strenuous training, quick stops and turns like the football players? UW Madison had a study on these dogs a couple years ago, but I don't know if it's been published yet.

    Answered by:  James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR:

    Definitely a major hereditary component in dogs – lots of research in this area that is available online (PubMed or similar). Here is one article we wrote - Cook JL. Cranial cruciate ligament disease in dogs. Biology versus biomechanics. Vet Surg 2010;39:270-277.