Meniscal tears are a common clinical finding in dogs. Injuries usually involve the medial meniscus and typically occur following cranial cruciate rupture.
While you can detect meniscal tears using advanced imaging (MRI and CT) ref, the most common way to diagnose meniscal tears associated with cruciate ruptures in dogs is to look in the joint at the time of surgery at the time either via an arthrotomy (small opening in the joint capsule) or arthroscopically (using a keyhole camera). If the meniscus is normal, no further treatment is required. If a meniscal tear is diagnosed, generally they are treated by removing the torn portion (partial meniscectomy). Dogs with long term meniscal tears have been shown to get meniscal tears end up with a bit more osteoarthritis than those that don’t, but generally they cope well.
Late Meniscal Tears
If you have any questions about Meniscal Tears please speak to your vet.
McCready, D. J., & Ness, M. G. (2016). Systematic review of the prevalence, risk factors, diagnosis and management of meniscal injury in dogs: Part 2. The Journal of small animal practice, 57(4), 194–204. doi.org/10.1111/jsap.12462