The canine elbow quite a complicated joint. Various problems in the elbow are all categorized as elbow dysplasia.
Unlike the hip, the elbow joint is made up of three bones. Not unlike with hip dysplasia, when the bones don’t fit together perfectly, it leads to pain, lameness, and arthritis. Treatment depends on the severity of the disease but usually involves surgery.
Further information: Canine Elbow Dysplasia
Thank you, Brian Feuer, for sharing Trago’s story.
Trago is an 11-month-old male Bernese Mountain dog. He is the funniest and most energetic dog we ever had!
One day Trago suddenly started to limp. We rested him for three days but the lameness only continued to get worse. We took him to the vet hoping to rule out anything serious other than Pano.
Editor’s note: Panosteitis is an abnormal bone growth affecting primarily long bones of young growing large breed dogs. It is typically seen in dogs between the ages of five to eighteen months.
It is a self-limiting disease that usually resolves with maturity. However, it is very painful. The typical symptom is acute shifting lameness and pain, usually with one leg affected more consistently. A fever might be present.
It is believed that puppy diets that are too high in protein may be a contributing factor.
Unfortunately, Trago’s x-rays also revealed bi-lateral elbow dysplasia and degenerative joint disease.
An orthopedic specialist discovered a fragmented medial coronoid process (FMCP) in both elbows and recommended surgery.
Editor’s note: Elbow dysplasia is the most common cause of front leg lameness in young large breed dogs.
Fragmented medial coronoid process (FMCP) is a condition in which a piece of bone inside the elbow is malformed or separated from the ulna. This bone fragment then results in damage to the lining of the joint and surrounding cartilage.
During the consultation, we also agreed on stem cell injections at the same time if the surgery was a success. The surgery was a total success and Trago also got his stem cell treatment.
Long story short, on Tuesday morning we practically carried him in for his surgery. Thursday afternoon he was running down the hallway to greet me!
Trago’s surgeon felt that only with the stem cell treatment his recovery could be so rapid!
It’s been almost a year since his surgery and stem cell therapy and Trago has not experienced any lameness or problems since.
Knowing what I know now, I will never hesitate to do this to any other of our companions seeing how it helped Trago the way it did.
Canine Elbow Dysplasia