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Can being overweight increase the risk of ACL tear in dogs?

Asked a year ago

I recently adopted a dachshund from my local animal shelter. It's been nice having a companion in my apartment, but he's been gaining weight inexplicably these last few weeks. I've noticed that his body is hugging his tiny legs, and I'm worried that he'll tear a ligament trying to move. Should I be concerned?

Angelo Petty

Sunday, March 05, 2023

Dachshunds usually aren't prone to ACL tears, but does not mean it cant happen. With your baby being overweight, I would worry more about IVDD (a slipped disk) or arthritis. I would see if a local veterinarian can assess how overweight he is so you can monitor his calorie intake.

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