Cranial Cruciate Ligament (knee) Injuries in Agility Dogs

Cranial Cruciate Ligament (knee) Injuries in Agility Dogs


Injuries to the cranial cruciate ligament in the knee (stifle) of agility dogs are common. The primary purpose of this study is to evaluate the return to performance in agility dogs after these injuries.


Any dog born between 1995-2014 that has competed in agility and has suffered a knee ligament injury is eligible to participate. All breeds/mixes and sexes are eligible. It is not required that the injury occurred during agility and it is not required that the dog returned to agility after the injury. Owners completing this survey must be at least 18 years old.


Participation in this study is completely voluntary. No details about yourself or your dogs will be collected from this survey beyond what you choose to provide in your answers. You may quit the survey at any time and your answers to this survey will not be saved if you quit.

Estimated Time

This survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. You can prepare by gathering information about your dog's injury, treatment, and agility history.


The research team for this project includes Ms. Katherine Martucci (veterinary student at Washington State University), Dr. Debra Sellon (Professor of Equine Medicine at Washington State University), Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little (Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at North Carolina State University), Dr. Michelle Powers (Small Animal Surgeon at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital), Dr. Kim Cullen (Research Coordinator at Canines in Motion), and Sarah Fernandezlopez.


This study was deemed exempt from review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Washington State University.

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If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Katherine Martucci at