By Dr. Andrew Jones
Last week I posted some Xrays, asking for a diagnosis.
You guys are very smart, and I was surprised as to how many are able to interpret the Xrays, knowing what joint is involved, giving a diagnosis and suggesting treatment.
Many of you guessed correctly, but I was specifically looking for the most likely underlying cause.
3 winners were chosen, and Michael will be sending you a copy of my new course.
Thanks for taking part!
This is the stifle or knee joint.
There is likely a torn ACL ( anterior cruciate ligament), possible meniscal injury, with secondary arthritis.
The initial treatment is rest, supplement with Glucosamine/Chondroitin, MSM ( such as in Ultimate Canine), topical holistic antiinflammatory ( ie Traumeel Cream), and the use of compresses, cold when it is initially injured, then hot packs morning and evening as the initial swelling comes down.
This dog did have sedation, and was tested for ACL injury with a positive drawer sign- meaning the tibia moves forward to the femur. This is diagnostic of an ACL tear.
Extension and flexion of the joint revealed a click, giving strong suspicions that the meniscus ( shock absorbers) in the knee were also injured.
This dog did have ACL repair surgery, and a section of the menisci was removed as well.
Long term, the knee is never the same, so this dog was put on my supplement permanently.
IF any of your pets are to ever have a similar injury, I advise that they stay on a joint supplement long term.
The WINNERS are:
Jeanie Notti-Fullerton Says:
January 9th, 2012 at 9:51 am e
Knee…was the “drawer test” done? Possibly a torn ACL with a damaged meniscus. Rest, begin with Standard Process Ligaplex II, liquid Glucosamine/Chondroitin, MSM, a good homeopathic anti-inflammatory. If so surgery may be needed to remove damaged material and stabilize the joint. I was successful healing my girl without surgery.
gerri mitchell Says:
January 9th, 2012 at 10:17 am e
possible torn or ruptured CCL and arthritis in knee joint. TPLO of TTA surgery. extended rehab.
with natural anti inflammatory supplements such as salmon oil and turmeric.
I will be anxious to hear the result of this discussion. What is the right answer? a fun project for amateurs.
79. Kath Kerr Says:
January 9th, 2012 at 8:23 pm e
Knee joint, Cruciate ligament with arthritis setting in. Crate rest, Glucosamine, Chrondroitin, MSM (all in the Dr Jones’dog supplement) Rhus Tox, Arnica and MSM and keep taking dog to Dr JONES :>)))
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