Home

Feature Article:

A Pregnant Stray Cat Adopted You – And Now What?
It happens all too often. A family or cat friend gets adopted by a stray cat. And after a few weeks it turns out she’s pregnant. In the US alone there must be millions of sweet but homeless cats. And many of them get pregnant several times a year....
...Read More


Canine Joint Disease

Additional Reading

Joint disease can be a problem faced by many dogs. Hip dysplasia is the most common that people are familiar with as a cause of rear limb lameness. Its front limb counterpart is elbow dysplasia.

Elbow dysplasia has only been recognized as a disease in dogs in the last 10 to 15 years or so, whereas hip dysplasia has been diagnosed for the last 30 to 40 years. Dysplasia means a developmental abnormality, it can be in the size, shape, or formation. Elbow dysplasia is a combination of four developmental abnormalities: an ununited anconeal process, osteochondrodystrophy (OCD) of the distal humoral condyle, a fragmented medial coronoid process, and elbow incongruity. Dogs may have just one abnormality or in some cases all four.

In English, the anconeal and coronoid processes are bony bumps on the ulna located near the elbow. The ulna is the arm bone that runs from your little finger upto the elbow. The humoral condyle is a bump found at the end of the humerus near the elbow. The humorus is the large arm bone extending from the shoulder to the elbow. Problems with the humoral condyle and coronoid process are normally due to abnormal cartilage formation. Sometimes the bones do not fit together properly resulting in elbow incongruity or an ununited anconeal process.

Classic presentations of elbow dysplasia is an active large breed dog. Rottweilers are the posterchild of this disease. Other commonly affected breeds are Bernese Mountain dogs, Laboradors, and Golden Retrievers. There is a breeder certification process available and an elbow registry. It is important for dog owners to check the breeder's certification to insure that elbow dysplasia is not present somewhere in the breeding line. Problems usually begin in dogs at around 6 months of age or older.

Owners may notice their dogs become lame in the forelimb. Generally one leg can appear worse than the other. In most cases both front legs are affected. There can often be swelling of the joint and dogs usually exhibit pain on range of motion.

The most common treatment available is Arthroscopic surgery. Dogs owners who elect to have surgery generally have a better overall prognosis which an excellent chance of returning to normal function. Prognosis for each dog will vary depending upon the severity of the disease. Post operative care is also an important factor in the success of surgery. After surgery cage rest is highly recommended for around 4 to 6 weeks, this means the dog must spend most of its time in the cage and only be allowed out for short walks and always on a lead. The dog must not be allowed to play, it must have complete rest and stay off his elbow to aid recovery.

Dogs who have suffered with elbow dysplasia may later in their life develop some degree of degenerative joint disease, which is simply a form of arthritis.

About the Author

If you have a pet related web site and you wish to reproduce the above article you are welcome to do so, provided the article is reproduced in its entirety, including this live link to: 1 Flea Control

 

More Reading:


Five Things you Should Know About Boston Terriers

Ensure a Good Relationship Between Your Cat and Your Kids

Advantage Flea Control

Nutrition and Arthritic Pets

Flea Control For Cats And Dogs

 
Pet Friendly Travel 10 Tips for Hassle Free Travel with Your Pet

You Can Help Reduce the Number of Unwanted Cats Spaying and Neutering of Cats

4 Things Frustrated Dog Owners Should Know

Female Dog Care

Your Kids Want a Pet You Dont Want To Pet Anything


"HOW TO ADOPT A SHELTER CAT - YOUR NEW CAT WILL THANK YOU FOR READING THIS ARTICLE"
If you are thinking of adding a feline to your family, consider adopting a cat from your local animal shelter or humane society. The animals have been carefully screened for adoptability and have usually been worked with to enhance sociability. ...
...Read More

Flea and Tick Control
No matter where you live, including cities and rural areas, your pets can be subjected to irritating flea and tick bites and Lyme disease, the potentially fatal disease caused by tick and flea bites. Not only will fleas cause discomfort to your...
...Read More

Move Over, Doggie Bag
Pets and pet lovers alike will enjoy a dog gift basket. It's a truly unique gift that lets someone know that you understand how special their dog is to them. Your own furry friend will be delighted with the treats and toys, too. Dog gift baskets...
...Read More

Nutrition and Arthritic Pets
We have talked about the importance of both diet and exercise when dealing with a pet that has arthritis. I think that diet is such an important issue that it is one we should discuss in greater detail. It is becoming common knowledge that as...
...Read More

More Issues with Food and Family Pets
Recently, I went back to discussing food issues in some detail. It is important to understand that we do have ways of helping out pets not only with their diets, but with preventing things from happening long term. Obesity in Pets and Ways to...
...Read More