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Cruciate Ligament Ruptures

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Please be sure to consult a Licensed Veterinarian for an accurate diagnoses and treatment of your Bullmastiff's ligaments.

Cruciate Ligament Ruptures are becoming more commonly reported in the Bullmastiff breed.  This type of an injury requires not only expensive surgery, but often requires that the surgery be performed more than once - if not on the same knee, then the opposite knee.  It is crucial to find a highly qualified orthopedic surgeon to perform the surgical repair on your Bullmastiff as well as following instructions on the recuperation for your Bullmastiff post-surgery.   

What This Injury Is:

Available Surgical Treatment Options and Rehabilitation:

Case Studies

Symptoms that your Bullmastiff may have torn a ligament include:

  • A slight limp when walking and/or running
  • Favoring a particular leg - avoiding putting weight down.

Reportedly, this surgery has had many successful results and Bullmastiffs that have suffered from this injury generally gain back their normal range of motion over a long period of rehabilitation time.  However, due to the cost of this type of surgery, many owners have opted to put their Bullmastiffs to sleep after they have allowed the injury to progress beyond their Bullmastiff's pain tolerance.  This is unreasonable and owners looking to adopt a Bullmastiff should realize that this is part of the territory when accommodating ownership of this breed.  If you cannot afford - or are not willing to spend the money - on this type of surgery for this size of a dog - then reconsider acquiring ownership of this breed.


Contributed by her owner Linda Thompson of Gemstone Bullmastiffs.  "Bubbles" was bred by Anita Lewis and Jean Robinson of Leatherneck Bullmastiffs.  Her official registration name is AKC CH. Leatherneck's Pink Champagne.  Power The Dog of ORLOK as donated by her breeder Ghislaine Assink.  Brindle Bullmastiff puppy out of "The Dog of Orlok".  Born 2 April 2000, Power is out of Moraya The Dog of ORLOK and Turbo Tyson of Forest Rangers. Presley The Dog of ORLOK as donated by her breeder Ghislaine Assink.  This is a beautiful representation of a brindle Bullmastiff puppy out of the kennel "The Dog of Orlok". Rescued by Mickey Mullen of Florida Bullmastiff Rescue, this is Bumper in his new home and on his new couch. Alex at 13 weeks old, contributed by Chris Lezotte and Alan Kalter of HappyLegs Bullmastiffs.  Although a bit "off color" from the traditional Bullmastiff standard, these Dudley Bullmastiffs still make wonderful pets!

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