Guest Post: Rupture of the Cranial Cruciate Ligament

Our new guest blogger, Dr. Philip Williams, gives us a clear picture of what a cranial cruciate ligament rupture looks like in a dog. Dr. Williams has his own practice, Companion Animal Hospital, based in Solon, OH.


One of the more common causes of lameness affecting the rear legs in dogs is the partial or complete tear of the cranial cruciate ligament. The cranial cruciate ligament is a dense fibrous band of tissue located in the knee, which is necessary to maintain stability and hence, normal function of the knee. This ligament can tear due to trauma (in people, this is a common football injury), and it may also rupture secondary to degeneration associated with aging.

This injury can occur in any breed and age of dog, but is most commonly seen in active, large breed dogs. It is an uncommon injury in cats, although if seen in cats, they are often overweight.

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The Lowdown on Dog and Cat Orthopedics

Today, Dr. Mahaney covers bones, ligaments, and inflammation and what you can do to keep up your pet's orthopedic health.  Over to Dr. Mahaney...


The musculoskeletal system is one of the body’s best assets and greatest enemies.  Without our muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and other connective tissue, our pets would take the form a jelly-like blob barely capable of movement.

Despite the amazing ambulatory capabilities provided by the musculoskeletal tract, its components also serve as the origin of potentially debilitating injuries and life threatening illness.

Cruciate 2Let’s start with a review of the musculoskeletal tract’s components.  The canine and feline skeleton provides the structure which supports internal and external organs.  The skeleton is made of numerous bones formed from a matrix of mineralized calcium, phosphorous, and other substances.  The bones are held together by the integration of joints, intervertebral discs, and ligaments.  Muscles connect to bones via tendons.  Collectively, the above components work with organ systems (nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive, etc) to sustain life.

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Guest Post: Pixie the Chihuahua Mix - a remarkable story of love and dedication

Wow! You just have to watch this video. Dr Riggs wanted to share a really positive story for Orthopedic Month at Embrace and this one tops them all. You'll have a smile and a tear after reading and watching.

Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


>We tend to live in a hurried, instant gratification world anymore. We want the brand new shiny “whatever”, whether it be a car, a house, some jewelry or……whatever. If given the choice of working to get something or just be given that something, guess what; most of us will pick the easy way.

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Happy Fifth Birthday to Embrace Pet Insurance!

IMG_1081 Happy Birthday to Embrace! This day five years ago, we sold our first policy to me and my cat Lily.

I distinctly remember when we got the go-ahead from our underwriters at the time, Lloyd's of London, and since I was out of the office on that day, I phoned in to purchase our first policy.

We'd been training our first 2 Embracers, Chris and Lea, on the phones by having people (including my mom) randomly call in to pretend to buy a policy so I didn't tell Lea, who happened to answer the phone this time around, that this was a "live" purchase until the end of the call. It was a giddy feeling for all of us when I told her to put through my real credit card info and really buy the policy.

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Claim Example: Old English Bulldogge with multiple medical conditions

Given that it's Orthopedic Month at Embrace, I wanted to show you the claims over the last couple of years for a Olde English Bulldogge called Kobe. Kobe was born in March 2006 and lives near Los Angeles, CA. Little did anyone know when Kobe was born how expensive he'd be later in life.

First, let's go over Kobe's policy. Kobe's coverage costs $58.14 a month in his third policy term (prior years cost $49.28 and $53.83 consecutively) and he has a $200 annual deductible, 80% reimbursement percentage, $5,000 annual maximum plus the drug coverage selected.

The main contributors to Kobe's relatively high premiums are:

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