Whether you chose to go the surgery route or conservative management for your pet’ s Achilles tear, we can certainly help. We have successfully treated many achilles injuries from partial tears to full tears. We are here to guide you every step of the way.
The canine achilles tendon is comprised of 5 different muscles, whose tendons come together at the calcaneus of the tarsus (ankle). These muscles are the gastrocnemius, superficial digital flexor, biceps femoris, gracilus, and semitendinosis. Damage can occur to any or all of these tendons. Injuries to the achilles tendon can be chronic or acute and can have varying degrees of severity.
In chronic tears, there is small damage that occurs without sufficient healing leading to more damage. This is referred to as achillodynia. Achillodynia can eventually lead to a complete rupture. In acute injuries we see a disruption of the tendon that ranges from mild to a complete rupture. A history of trauma may be present such as a jumping down, lunging, or a laceration.