Reading the thread on ACLs and genetics finally gave me the confidence to post this. We have a lab that moved weird at 5 or 6 months old (yes, from a prominant field sire) and just wasn't right. The first orthopedic specialist stated that it was an ACL tear and was ready to do surgery, but that didn't give us the "why did this happen?" answer that we needed. We believed from the start that the pup had OCD in his rear legs but multiple vets dismissed it, and I think the reason they did was because maybe to them it didn't really matter. Not sure. Maybe their thinking was that the plan was to fix the ACL, and the joint could be cleaned up in the process? Anyway, we had an MRI done by a second orthopedic specialist and yes, it was OCD in his knees. The ACLs had come detached from the bone and the vet believed the problems were related. Our pup had both ACLs repaired and the knees cleaned out with an unknown prognosis for working because of the damage. He will never be right. What really bothered me was that if we hadn't had the MRI done and read by a good specialist, we would have been one of the multitude who were simply told "he tore his ACL". Now I'm seeing pup after pup going through similar issues, and reading about them online.

So here's where my heart is. It seems so unfair to see such amazing dogs have to deal with this. I'm sure that while some ACL tears are 100% injury related, I believe that some pups diagnosed with ACL tears are actually caused by OCD. I also believe that OCD is genetic and have seen for myself how similar breedings produce MULTIPLE OCD pups. Heartbreaking. Depending on the joint, OCD is more devastating than many other issues that breeders "guarantee". I think that in the near future there will be many people wondering how to eliminate OCD, and it may be very difficult.

Have any of you had the same thoughts?

Carla Trible