This survey aimed tottery and shed light not only on each occurrence but firstly, and even more importantly, get at least some idea on just how prevalent Cruciate Ligament problems are among Bernese Mountain Dogs in the UK. Therefore it was vitally important for us to have some understanding of the number of Bernese who have NOT suffered from cruciate problems to set against those who HAVE. Owners were asked to consider ALL their Bernese, not just those affected by Cruciate problems.
The survey attracted returns covering 592 BMDs and of these 80 had encountered some level of cruciate disease. Of these 52 had surgery, of these around two thirds were females and of these 91% were spayed females. Whilst a very high number the significance of this is debatable however without population reference data to compare it to.
A fuller summary of the survey can be viewed by clicking on the icon.
This was first published in the BMDC of GB magazine in Summer 2022
Steve Green BMD Breed Health CoOrdinator