Articles with dog joint issues

Canine Hip And Elbow Dysplasia: Are They The Same Thing?

Canine Hip And Elbow Dysplasia: Are They The Same Thing?

Hip and elbow dysplasia are a common cause of lameness in dogs. They sound like they should be the same thing, just involving different legs. Are they, though? Definition The word dysplasia has a rather broad meaning. It is from Greek, and it stands for malformation. In the context of veterinary medicine, dysplasia means abnormal development or growth. Both hip…

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Canine Luxating Patella: Surgical Repair Options for Patellar Luxation in Dogs

Canine Luxating Patella: Surgical Repair Options for Patellar Luxation in Dogs

Luxating patella is the dislocation of the kneecap–the small bone in front of the knee joint. Your veterinarian might recommend surgical intervention for patellar luxation grade II or higher. Kneecap anatomy At the top, the kneecap attaches to the quadriceps tendon and at the bottom to the patellar ligament. The kneecap not only protects the front of the knee. It also…

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Ruby’s Journey with Hip Dysplasia

Ruby’s Journey with Hip Dysplasia

Lots of people think hip dysplasia is a tight, sore, arthritic hip.  However, it is really a hip that is too loose and lacks stability. Thank you, Ron Rutherford , for sharing Ruby’s story. Ruby’s journey with hip dysplasia Ruby was a purebred German Shepherd. She was the sweetest canine companion I’ve ever known. Capable of being fierce, she was…

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