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I am writing this for a friend who has black Labrador female, nearly 16 months old.
She is very fit and recieves regular training. She is very fast but not muscled out like a three year old.
Her weight I judge to be 58-60 pounds.
He was out reviewing the go straight drill by having his young dog jump over a 10" or 12" plank which was standing on edge. He had her retrieve bumpers beyond the upright plank as demonstrated by Mike Lardy in his video.

On one of the runs the dog missed judged the distance and struck her knee on the wooden plank. She cried out and did not put her leg down after banging the plank with her knee.

The owner immediately inspected the knee and the confined the dog to limit it's activity. He then called and made an appointment for his vet to immediately look at his dog.

His regular vet was out. The substitute vet has limited experience with ACL and knee injury.

Following the examination he took his dog home. The dog has been resting either in it's crate in his heated work shop or with limited time out in the shop when he is there to watch over her.

The dogs has been walked on lead and rested for the past few days. Just recently he took the dog out with out a lead and the dog followed him around his his grounds with no visible limp. Occasionally she lifted her injured leg and would follow him on three legs.

His question to me is can dog which clearly sustained the injury to its knee in the above description have that injury cause or turn into an ACL.

His other question was what procedures and tests can a veterinarian perform to ascertain with some certainty a diagnosis of the injury?

My friend is not registered to this forum and he is not really into computers or doing his own posts. Further he has no past experience to determine who has a good reputation for diagnosing knee injury from ACL in our area.

What advice would you give?
 

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If it's a cruciate it really won't get better. If it's just a bang on the knee, crate rest and airing on lead should get the knee better in a week or two.

I had a dog who banged his knee on the tail gate of the truck who limped for a week and then was OK.

If two weeks of crate rest and airing on lead doesn't fix it, I'd get an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. I'd suggest someone who is experienced with the TPLO surgery. There is life for a working retriever after cruciate repair.
 

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As we live right near the Gulf of Mexico our 3 year old YLF Maggie swims and runs on the beach daily. About two weeks ago after a vigorous workout she started limping and favoring her left front leg. I immediately took her to the Vet. The Vet examined her and couldn't find anything wrong and prescribed some pain pills. Total charge $79.00. After paying the bill, Maggie never limped or favored her leg again. Go figure.
 

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Thank you both for your replies. My friend can look the reponses to the original post and decide what to do. He scratched her from a trial and is keeping her quiet.
As you said Howard in week or two he should be able to see if she needs a more rigorous examination by an orthopedic specialist.
 

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I had a dog with a suspected acl injury the surgeon wanted to know if the dog would "toe" the knee out when they were sitting (very reputable orthopedic surgeon in sun valley, ID) He said that was an indication that there was an injury to the ligament. From what you mentioned it sounds like a soft tissue injury but I'm not a vet. Usually for an acl to tear the foot is planted and a twist or torque in the knee causes a tear. I would be concerned if she yelped when she landed, not so concerned if she yelped when she smacked her knee on the board. Again not a vet but have torn mine 3 times and they are similar injuries in theory. Soft tissue injury, I would use ice and an ace bandage to hold it snug. Ice and rest.
 

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I had one get stepped on his leg by a horse chasing tennis ball and horse chased him and screamed bloody murder. After few minutes he acted like nothing happened.
Another dog when was a pup got to rough housing on bed with older dog and got her leg caught between foot board and mattress and was shoved off. Thoght her leg was broke, and told wife when I come homr for lunch if shes still limping, I will carry her to vet.
She was still limping and I carried her to vet and she acted like nothing happened. Just a bruised knee
Im not giving advice, just a couple experiences
 

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I've got a 6 year old blm who when he was 2 hammered his knee on a trailer hitch chasing pigeons. He got over it pretty quick he's a tough one. Wish I would of gotten him looked at by a specialist now. He's not a working dog just a pet but it bothers me to see him limp around for a day or two after some vigorous exercise. He loves running so much you gotta tie him down to stop him though.
 
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