Archive for 'Orthopedics'

Surgical Treatment Of Cranial Cruciate Rupture In Dogs

Last week we discussed Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) disease, causes and predispositions. Click here to read that post. The American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) suggests that pet owners not consider conservative, medical treatment, as patients with complete rupture of the CCL cannot have stabilization of the knee joint by non-surgical means. Also, when the […]

Cranial Cruciate Injury

According to James K. Roush, D.V.M., MS and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, “cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture is the most common cause of hindlimb lameness in dogs.” Untreated cranial cruciate ligament injury quickly results in osteoarthritis of the knee joint. Arthritic changes can be identified on radiographs as early as six […]

Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy

Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) is a condition of young dogs. The cause of HOD is unknown. It has been reported in young, rapidly-growing dogs since the 1930s. Signs can range from local pain near the growth plate of a long bone to disabling illness that affects multiple organ systems. In some patients episodes occur over and […]

Amputation As Treatment For Osteomyelitis In A Dog

A veterinarian never knows what he’s going to see from day to day. I sure got fooled by this one. At least at first I was surprised. A cute little puppy came in for her first examination after being adopted from the Humane Society of South Mississippi. She was reportedly limping on the left front […]

Lateral Patellar Luxation In Dogs

Lateral patellar luxation, unlike medial patellar luxationoccurs almost exclusively in large-breed dogs. However, large-breed dogs can also experience patella luxation to the medial aspect of the femur. Let’s break down the term. Lateral comes from the Latin lateralus, meaning “belonging to the side.” Therefore, when something is lateral on the body, it is relatively further […]

Medial Patellar Luxation In Dogs

Medial patellar luxation in dogs is very common in those under twenty pounds.   Let’s break down the term. Medial comes from the Latin medianus, meaning “middle.” Therefore, when something is medial on the body, it is relatively further toward the middle or midline of the body than whatever it is being compared to. Patella […]

Great Dane Puppy Harley Breaks A Toe

Harley the Great Dane had a run-in with another Great Dane, Maverick, with whom he lives. Unfortunately, Harley came out on the short end of that encounter. Harley, the last of the puppies at home (previous posts on the litter:  the puppies are born, puppies’ three-weeks-of-age visit, Great Dane puppy update, The last Great Dane […]

Canine Hip Dysplasia

Canine Hip Dysplasia is a highly preventible condition of dogs (cats can also suffer from hip dysplasia) which is genetically transmitted from one or both parents to their offspring. The end result is poor hip conformation. Read here about the prevention process. A normal canine hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint in which at least […]

Jabba And Hip Dysplasia

This started out to be a story about numerology. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m fascinated by numbers. I was examining Jabba because a family was considering purchasing him from his current owner. Jabba had been diagnosed with “some kind of hip problem that needs surgery” and his present master doesn’t have the funds to get […]