Here you will find articles written by Dr. Trish to assist you with answers to orthopedic conditions.
Luxating Patella is a condition where the kneecap (patella) moves out of its normal position, usually by imbalanced forces from the muscles down the hip and leg. Luxating patella is one of the most common knee joint abnormalities of small breed dogs, but it is only occasionally seen in cats. It may affect one or both of the knees.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament – The rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament is the most common knee injury in medium and large breed dogs.
This injury has two common presentations. One is the young athletic dog playing roughly who acutely ruptures the ligament and is non-weight bearing on the affected hind leg. The second presentation is the older, overweight dog with weakened or partially torn ligaments that rupture with a slight misstep. In this patient the lameness may be acute or there may be more subtle chronic lameness related to prolonged joint instability. In both of these circumstances, you may see the dog have several episodes of lameness that resolves with a few days of rest but then recurs upon other stressful episodes to the leg, as this may start out as a strain or sprain before it finally results in a rupture or tear. Read more….
Hip Dysplasia is a malformation of the hip socket (acetabulum) and the femoral head (thigh bone) causing a loose joint to form allowing for excessive “sloppy” movement in the joint. This excessive “sloppy” movement causes changes in the acetabulum resulting in a broadening of the socket and a flattening of the femoral head. It has congenital, conformational and environmental factors and is found in many breeds of dogs and rarely humans. The severity varies greatly but can develop quite painful lameness and arthritis (inflammation of the joints). Read more …
Beyond Food….Natural Anti-Inflammatory
The quality of pet food we feed our pets has a huge impact on their health, their quality of life and the prevention of a number of diseases (see my previous articles about pet foods). But beyond choosing the best food, what else should we be providing in order to meet their dietary needs? In this, the third in a series of articles on pet nutrition, I will address the important role that natural anti-inflammatory supplements play in the well being of your pets. Read more….