Whilst treating cruciate ligament injury in dogs (similar to a knee ligament injury in humans) is the most common orthopaedic surgery performed, we still don’t have a clear understanding of the best surgical treatment to offer, which surgical techniques are being performed and how well, or poorly, they work.
RCVS Knowledge’s free Canine Cruciate Registry provides the opportunity to gather this information in an open, honest, and transparent way, and without any commercial bias. It relies on information reported by you, and by your veterinary surgeon. The registry is the first of its kind, in the veterinary profession, anywhere in the world.
bookmark star icon If you decide to take part in the registry, your veterinary practice will register your email address and we will send you a series of questions about your dog. We will keep in touch with you before and after your dog’s surgery and ask you to provide information about your dogs’ recovery.
If you are not currently part of the registry, but would like to be, please speak to your veterinary surgeon.
As a vet and the owner of a lab that has had a ruptured cruciate, I am very excited about this new project. Throughout my career, there have been many techniques for canine cruciate repair, which as a referring vet have been confusing. It would be great to be able to share with owners the evidence on outcomes for these techniques to ensure the best result for each individual dog.
Our pets are much loved members of our family and we would wish the best treatment for them in the event they need it. I hope that owners can engage in this by recording their own dog’s progress knowing that this can be individually monitored as well as the resulting data contributing to improvements in treatments for other animals in future.
The benefits of the CCR are immense – for dogs, owners and veterinary surgeons. Owners will be able to make better-informed decisions and their feedback on outcomes will be included. Surgeons will be able to monitor and compare their results, adapting and improving their treatments accordingly. I believe that the CCR could trigger a widespread change in the veterinary profession. The success of the CCR, will be entirely dependent on how well owners and surgeons engage with it.
The RCVS Knowledge CCR offers surgeons the unique opportunity to ensure that we are following best practice in choosing and applying the best techniques and implants. We can only hope to improve as a profession with this objective data. If I was a client, I would want to know that my pet’s surgeon participated in systematic auditing and benchmarked themselves against other centres. The CCR, and endeavors like it, are of paramount importance in ensuring that all future developments result in real, clinical progress.
The CCR is a golden opportunity for vets and pet owners to work together and improve the quality of knee surgery for dogs. Cruciate disease is common in the UK, so we have large numbers of cases that we can analyse. More cases means more data and this is what will allow us to make informed conclusions about what techniques work best, to improve knee surgery outcomes for all dogs in the future.
Veterinary Surgeon & Dog Owner
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