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Guess the Diagnosis and Win!

By Dr. Andrew Jones

These are Rads from a 6 year old Retriever cross.. ( a former shelter dog)

The dog had a 4 week history of lameness.

Pain on palpation of this area of the leg, with a slight swelling medially ( in the middle).

I am wanting you to tell me

1. What area of the leg is this?

2. What’s your diagnosis?

3. How can we treat this?

Best Wishes and Good Luck!

Dr Andrew J

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144 Responses to “Guess the Diagnosis and Win!”


  1. georgiegirl Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    1. knee, 2. arthritis, 3. limit activities for a couple of days, give anti inflamatory meds.

  2. PATRICIA JOHNSON Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    KNEE JOINT – REAR LEG. LOOKS LIKE ARTHRITIS, PRETTY MUCH BONE ON BONE.

  3. Debra Owen Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    My diagnosis..this dog has osteoarthritis in the back leg…knee area at the joint. Looks like he has a hairline fracture on the upper bone, right side on the top slide.

    Debra Owen

  4. Lynn Jenkin Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Patella. I think it is a patella problem. The patella is worn and doesn’t fit in the groove properly possibly due to arthritis. It could be surgically repaired or given antinflammatories etc for pain and swelling.

  5. C. Riggs Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I would guess arthritis and this appears to be the knee. If it is arthritis, the vet would likely prescribe rimadyl up to twice a day, and may possibly give a steroid to help with swelling if necessary. It could also be treated/maintained with glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM (I believe those are the correct names and I wouldn’t know about dosages).

  6. Lynda Griffiths Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Diagnosis challenge:

    Area of leg: Knee joint

    Diagnosis: Cruciate ligament issue

    Treatment: Reduce exercise- see if it will scar over & stabalise – give Dr Jones’s supplement daily & extra cod liver oil & Omega 3 – or if not operate

  7. Kerry Oldfield Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Knee joint on hind leg, fluid between the joints or Arthritis.

  8. Sheri T. Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    patella- luxating that could lead to arthiritis- needs dietary suppplements to enhance joint cartilage

  9. Jeanie Notti-Fullerton Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    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.

  10. Two dogs and me Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I agree – knee and arthritis. I would expect a short course of steroids, rest until the inflamation goes down, then gentle exercise on a leash for a while, make sure the dog is a healthy weight and maybe add a course of Glucosamine condroitin to control further damage. Possibly look at the dogs diet. See how much I’ve learnt from Andrew’s newsletters!!!!

  11. Leslie Dempsey Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Looks like arthritis in the knee joint, with very little cartilage left. Glucosamine Chondroitin may allow the joint to rebuild the cartilage and help with the pain as well. Limit running and jumping, especially on concrete.

  12. Robyn Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Looks like a blown ACL with possible luxating patella issues. Rest, anti-inflamatories and surgery to deepen the knee groove and a fishing line substitute to serve as a new ACL.

  13. B Bertram Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Looks like Arthritis in his hip and also at knee in front legg. I would suggest treatment with what Jack Hanna uses at Columbus zoo and also for his dogs which is Cosequin.

  14. Lois Batchelor Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I am guessing arthritis on the patella. Anti-inflamatories, and pain meds may be the right treatment for now. Gentle exercise may be appropriate and medication to increase the cartilage.

  15. Linda Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I think its the hip joint..maybe arthritis..treat with inflammatory meds…no activity until dog feels better..

  16. Rosemary Marks Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Bone cancer in knee and hip joints. There is a lesion, where the bone appears to have been eaten away, and is no longer smooth, Looks like the tumor hast grown outward toward the periphery of the bone and has pushed normal bone out of the way. A fracture can also be seen through the tumor.

    Amputation above patella for pain management and chemotherapy for the hip. A biopsy would be needed to identify the type of sarcoma.

  17. Renee Claude Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    1. Knee 2. Arthritis 3. limited exercise, gluco, chondro, MSM, boswelia, curcuma, omegas 3, probioitcs, bromelian, Traumhell for acute problem then Zeel, some homeo

  18. Aline Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Knee joint, atheritis. I would suggest limiting activity until swelling has gone down, but shortly after establishing some activity such as short walks, stretching and messages. Changing his diet may also be key, especially if he is over weight. If it is atheritis you want to make sure the animal is at a healthy weight and lastly, you want to make sure that he is getting enough vitamine C and essential fatty acid supplement from fish oil or flaxseed oil which works as an anti-inflammatory.

  19. Alexis Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    1. Knee/Patella 2. Arthritis 3. Glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin, omega 3 fatty acids or acupressure.

  20. Irene Carrier Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I believe it looks like the Knee joint and is suffering from osteoarthritis. Liquid Glucosamine (Hcl)/Chondroitin to help rebuild the cartilage .– topicqal arnica can also be appied to help reduce pain and swelling. Remember the compresses we use are also helpful to our fury friends. Do make sure he has a comfy soft bed to cushion the joints and minimize the strain from pressur sleeping and rising.

    Be kind to our fury companions as they are to us. what we would do to uourselves to aliviate the discomfort can often be a guide to dealing wiht them. M

  21. Dawn Hafield Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I would guess luxating patella or possibly a cruciated ligament which both would require surgery. Since the dog has presented for over 4 weeks with the lameness, if pain meds and rest have already been tried, then my guess for recovery would be surgery with either a pin for stability or a doner ligament. Here’s to recovery sweet dog

  22. Eileen Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Luxated patella. Over time this can cause arthritis, which is noted with the increased density along the joint edge. The decreased joint space can be indicative of the development of osteoarthritis.

    For something like this, the best treatment may be surgical; I would certainly ask the vet if I could do some natural non-pharmaceutical help for the arthritis. This dog is approaching middle aged, although still fairly young by canine standards.

  23. Maurice Bunyan Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Knee rear leg.Limp caused by roughness of knee cap. Needs silicone implant and pin or hinge fitted.

  24. gerri mitchell Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:17 am

    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.

  25. Brenda Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    looks like stifle, with arthritis. I would use acupressure/acupuncture and Chinese herbs to reduce swelling/inflammtion and provide comfort from pain. I might also try a homeopathic remedy such as Zeel or Traumeel for pain/comfort–maybe even yucca/alfalfa tincture. I would limit activity to what is tolerated. I would also check diet…remove grains, and add in omega 3 and a joint supplement to help the viscosity of the synovial fluids. I would try a joint supplement like Sound Dog Viscosity by Herbsmith.

    If it is available, water therapy might be a nice addition:)

  26. K. Mitchell Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    1.K9 Knee x-ray.
    2.Ostearthritis
    3.Traditional treatment: weight control, moderate exercise, Omega 3 fatty acids, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (Rimadyl, Deramaxx & Others)

    Holistic treatment: weight control, moderate exercise, Omega 3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatories (Arnica, Rhus ToxC, Boswellia, etc), Message, Accupressure. And/or Dr. Jones Supplement for Dogs

  27. Pat Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Sounds like the symptoms my son has had in right knee, torn medial meniscus, with swelling and lameness and he used ice, heat, surgery, pain medications/anti-inflammatories to no avail, oh and a synovectomy, so I would say that it is probably the dog’s knee bone and has a meniscal injury and/or arthritis, and all of the above would hopefully help him, keep him quet, no jumping or running. Unfortunately, my son’s surgery did not help him, hope this pup’s treatment is a lot better and helps too.

  28. Nancy Cleveland Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Patella
    Luxated Patella
    Rest, Glucosamine/Glutathione

  29. Irene Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    hhhmmmm. looks like the hock to me, Arthritis is my guess by the swelling and maybe there is a errosion of the cartilage. The fix……….rest it…….diet rich in omega complex, vitamin C is a natural connective tissue strengthener, if doggy lets you warm compresses with arnica.
    from doggy mama in costa mesa ca

  30. Bobbie Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Looks like a luxating patella. Anti-inflammatory supplements and rest until an orthopedic surgeon can do the surgery.

  31. Sheryl Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    knee, arthritis – I would try glucosimine to see if it would help with some anti-inflamatory medications to start. Heat may help.

  32. Rebecca Lageschulte Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Boy does that look ouchy, to put it in laymen s terms. Looks like the cartilage is gone, on the second picture it looks like my ACL when it was tore out. So I would say there was a hyper-extended knee which tore up cartilage and an ACL. I would suggest a short term of anti-inflammations then put on or continue to give Glucosamine Chondroitin to help with rebuilding cartilage. Temporarily I would also suggest no exercise until inflammation went down. And from personal experience, I would talk to the owner about feeding the best food possible, it make a world of difference. Thank you Dr.Jones for sharing all of your knowledge it has been so gratefully appreciated.

  33. Irene Carrier Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I believe it looks like the Knee joint and is suffering from osteoarthritis. Liquid Glucosamine (Hcl)/Chondroitin to help rebuild the cartilage . Arnica 30 c for pain mgmt.– topicqal arnica can also be appied to help reduce pain and swelling. Remember the compresses we use are also helpful to our fury friends. Do make sure he has a comfy soft bed to cushion the joints and minimize the strain from pressure sleeping and rising. If pooch is overweight adjust diet to facilitate weight loss. Dont forget regular dietary supplements and vitamins.

    Be kind to our fury companions as they are to us. what we would do to uourselves to aliviate the discomfort can often be a guide to dealing wiht them. M

  34. Susan Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    1. Knee
    2. Luxating patella
    3. Rest; limited activity until no longer symptamatic; glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and fish oil starting at high dose for 6 weeks followed by maintenance dose; non-weight bearing exercise (swimming); gentle massage. Depending on severity acupuncture may be called for.

  35. Lisa Calton Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:51 am

    1. Stifle (Knee)

    2. Cranial cruciate ligament rupture

    3. Treatment could be done by using anti-inflammatories. However, surgery needs to be done in many cases, especially in larger dogs.
    (possibly TPLO or TTA)

  36. Linda R. Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Husband said it looks like a hip to him with a bone splinter. Surgery, followed by immobilization and rest. As mentioned above, anti-inflammatory, various vitamin supplements also mentioned above.

  37. Robbie Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    1.Thats the patella (knee joint)
    2.Poor baby looks like pretty severe arthritis, Im guessing osteo.
    3. Rest, physical therapy, boswellia, fish oil and maybe glucosamine. I would also add a change in diet, if needed, get the dog off all grains to help reduce inflammation and no human food at all.

  38. Gale Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Looks like either luxating patella or CCL injury.

    I am leaning more towards the luxating patella because of the shadow in the second xray that shows the patella way too high.

  39. Sylvia Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    1. Knee.
    2. Cranial cruciate ligament rupture.
    3. Dog knee stifle surgery.

  40. Bobette Conatser Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    It looks like arthritis of the dogs knee. I would think that non-steroidal meds, such as Rimadyl and pain meds would be the treatment of choice. Any PT or massage would only increase the dogs pain. Water therapy might bring comfort and ease the dogs pain. I would also add Omega 3 fatty acid to his diet and be sure he maintains a healthy weight. I would also add Glucoamine Chondroitin to help to rebuild healthy cartilage. I would try to limit the dogs activity as much as possible, until his symptoms resolve.

  41. Tracy Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    1.Hip

    2.Hip dysp with onset of osteo arthritis

    3.Passive motion as with swimming and meds or natural anti-inflammatory remedies. Possible surgical intervention.

  42. Patti Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    1. The area is the knee
    2. It could be a bone spere in the area due to poor breeding and lameness.
    3. Weight control will help, Omega 3 also and meds.

  43. Barbara Peddle Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    1. Stifle
    2. stifle rupture
    3. rest with anti-inflamatory and if dog is overweight, put him/her on low cal diet. surgery may be an option depending on age and health of the dog.

  44. Mary Lou Mirnate Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Hi Dr.,

    Looks to me like it’s the femur not lying correctly on the tipia with a gap in between. I’m not sure if it’s swelling keeping them apart or lost cartledge. For sure needs pain and inflamatory medication. And leg needs to be immobilized to keep it in place until swelling goes down. Then possiably surgery if it doesn’t heal correctly. Arnicare would be a good holistic topical pain releaver without side effects. Not sure of the name for the anti inflamatory drug. I only know the human one that would be used. I think that one is called “Flexeral”?

  45. Heather M Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    1. What area of the leg is this?
    patella

    2. What’s your diagnosis?
    Considering patient age, history and presentation, luxating patella

    3. How can we treat this?
    For grade I, rest and anti-inflammatories such as carprofen. For advanced grades, surgical correction.

    This was a fun contest!

  46. Nancy Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    1. What area of the leg is this? Knee
    2. What’s your diagnosis? osteoarthritis
    3. How can we treat this?> Limit activity. Adjust diet if needed, acupuncture,Massage therapy. MSN, Asprin daily if needed.

  47. Gail Hanson Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    1. Knee
    2. Valley Fever disseminated (Coccidioidomycosis)- confirm with Valley Fever test
    3. Fluconazole, milk thistle for improved liver function due to meds. Good quality diet and supplements.
    In the Southwest in a dog this age we would rule out Valley Fever first.

  48. Cindy C Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    It looks to me like the rear hock area and the condition I would guess is a luxating patella or cruiciate injury.

    Likely caused by genetics first then poor nutrition when the puppy was growing followed by ineffective or lack of treatment.

    The dog is likely under stess from being in the shelter and perhaps had a run after much cage life and the ligaments just snapped. Also the dog could be overweight causing more stress on the joint.

    Treatment would be topical cold if possible, meds to reduce swelling anti-inflamitories or herbal treatment might be the use or arnica, tumeric, ginger,bromelain or devils claw although I would have to see your herbal suggestions as I’m not certain on dosage or if they are effective with canines as they are with humans.

    If all this doesn’t work then the dog would be a candidate for cruiciate repair surgery but if they are overweight that would best be dealt with first as recouperation is difficult for an overweight animal.

    I hope this is correct as I really would like your book. Cheers

  49. Ilene Sierchio Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I think the knee joint and craninal ligament adding to create arthirtas.

  50. Ilene Sierchio Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I think what ever it is if i am not right Dr. Jones is on top of it for the best advice.

  51. Karen Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    What area is this? Knee in the back leg.
    What is your diagnosis? Patellar Luxation
    How can we treat this? Surgery

  52. Ilene Sierchio Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    It is a guess. I do not really know how to read xrays god know all i have had i should. But having a dog rescue one who will be 2 jan 25th. I would like to know what it is.

  53. jean matthews Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    seems to me to be arthritis in knee joint , wear and tear , needs anti inflamtory medication , a lot less walking for a couple of months.

    Also helpfull would be fish oils or small regular amounts of oily fish with meal

  54. Kathy Shively Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Due to the cross breed and age:

    1. Area: Hip
    2. Diagnosis: Hip Dysplasia
    3. Treatment: Depending on the the severity of the problem nonsurgical treatment to improve mobility and reduce pain includes the use of drugs like aspirin, phenylbutazone, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories), and steroids.

    However it may require a full hip replacement. The procedure involves the removal of the existing joint and replacing it with an artificial joint or prosthesis.

  55. Todd Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I would say it’s knee arthritus; give him liquid glucouse in food,to help lubricate the joint, and a bayer asprin to help with the pain.
    I do this treatment with my Newfoundland and he still moves about very well.

  56. ginette Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Looks like the knee. TPLO
    Torn ligament. Because it is bone on bone.
    Surgery will correct it in addition to glucosamine, chondroitin with msm.

  57. Jessica Faye Harrison Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Knee; patellar subluxation and cranial/anterior cruciate laxity/rupture with positive drawer sign, RX: limit weight bearing activity, supplement with chondroprotective and trophic nutrients, nutritional or pharmaceutical antiinflammatories, massage, physical therapy to strenghthen quadriceps muscle and decrease capsular laxity; weight control; surgical intervention to strengthen/replace cruciate, restore collateral ligament support and correct patellar position AS A LAST RESORT.

  58. Gail Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I am guessing at rheumatoid arthritis on the knee and I would try natural anti-inflamatories like chia seed, aloe vera, chamomile and the like. I would look at whether the animal had recently had an injection which could have set off the reaction in the joints or some allergic food reaction where somethng had gotten into the blood and caused a reaction at the joints. I would then eliminate this food from his/her diet.

  59. Stephanie Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Osteoarthritis of the knee. I would take to the vet. Prescribe anti-inflamatorie drug, and something for the pain. Also to masseage the joint.

  60. cindy elson Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    my guess is hip dysplasia. surgery would be best treatment.

  61. caro from chile Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    1. What area of the leg is this?
    Knee joint
    2. What’s your diagnosis?
    arthritis
    3. How can we treat this?
    check his weight to see if a diet is necessary. Rest and TTouch massage in knee area, apply warmth, buy him an extra cozy fluffy bed and prevent him from being in cold weather. give glucosamine/chondroitin, MSM, devil’s claw, collagen and hialuronic acid. do daily walks according what the dog knee feels like. if the swellness continues massage with Green Marvel.

  62. Michal Bennett Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    knee joint of rear leg some damaged cartilage which cause arthritic pain.
    The cartilage between the femur and tibia is worn a bit and the bone are starting to rub against each other causing the pain and inflammation.
    You should give the dog Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate which are components of normal cartilage. In the body, they are the building blocks for cartilage and appear to stimulate the body to make more cartilage.

  63. Jennylen Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    1.Patella (between Tibia and Femur)
    2.Luxating patella is probably the Diagnosis for it. It happens when the pet’s knee misaligned a problem called “trick knee”.You can examine your pet by gentle applying thumb pressure on your pet’s kneecap,if there is distinctive pop or jerk as the patellar jumps out of its groove to the inner surface of the thigh it could be positive for luxating patella problem.
    3.The probable treatment for this is to feed them a balance diet keep them lean, keep their toenails trimmed short and give them a chondrotin/glucosamine supplement.But if your dog are in persistent pain best thing is to have bone surgery.

  64. Sharon Besaw Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I think it is a rear knee problem. Possibly a cruciate ligament tear and arthritis. Dog needs to be a healthy weight, needs natural anti-inflamatories, gentle excercise and glucosamine condroitin and omega 3 fatty acids. Also Dr Jones natural supplements.

  65. Tim Delaney Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Severely dislocated patella.

  66. Alyson Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    That is an xray of a knee joint.
    It looks like bone on bone, as well as possibly torn ligament floating at back of knee joint, which could get caught with movement. It looks like arthritis. You would of course treat it naturally. keep joint warm,gentle movement with some massage, give your supplement, with glucosamine, fish oil or omega 3’s, & natural anti inflammatories

  67. Tiz Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    1. Knee
    2. Cruciated Ligament rupture causing arthritis
    3. Because of the assumed weight of the dog (in the range of 100 lbs)surgery / TPLO

  68. Tom Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    1. Stifle joint
    2. Arthritis – inflammation
    3. Glucosamine & Chondroitin

  69. Ruth Stover Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    yMy Wild Amateur Guess: I am absolutely not a professional. Ball and socket joint (probably knee of back leg) is out of alignment. There is a Y shape hairline crack in the upper bone. First give Arnica and continue giving until completely healed. I would use ice to reduce the swelling, set the two parts of the joint back in place and then bind the joint and cracked bone to prevent movement until there is time for it to stabiize on its own and the muscles to restrengthen to prevent recurrence. This poor doggie should be getting Dr. J.’s formula daily especially for the joint and muscle support it provides.

  70. Kortni Shelley Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I know it’s the knee, but I suck…’cause I can’t even see the patella. Honestly, I don’t think you’re suppose to be able to see any muscle or cartilage in an x-ray…but where the heck is his patella at all!? ummmm…I always say massage therapy will help for sure…do the massage therapy using peanut oil-this helps rheumatoid arthritis and taking a lot of the pain away if used often. I would also say to hit some main points with some good acupressure to help his or her body focus better on healing that area. Not sure, but if that thing actually is hyper-extended and the patella is totally out of place, give ’em a shot of morphine while you put a cast on it to help it not move or make it worse…keep checking back….even with a cast, you can still do some acupressure. They’re going to need some additives in their food to help whatever it is. Possibly, if those lines are actual fractures on the femur…then this whole thing is wrong…but maybe nothing is wrong after all and that’s actually the interior of the bone…like nerves or something…lol…I’m way lost on this one…good thing I’m not a doctor!

  71. Kortni Shelley Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    oh ya!…and make sure you’re adding Dr. Jones’ supplement to their food! ;-)…y(yes, I’m being a “brown noser”…even though it’s true)

  72. jill Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    1 stifle x-ray.
    2 Luxating patella with Ostearthritis
    3 Traditional treatmentof weight control, moderate exercise, Omega 3 fatty acids, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, switch to raw dog food, glucosamine condroitin, massage, accupressure, Dr. Jones Supplement for Dogs

  73. Molly Sargent Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Knee, luxating Patella. Depending on how bad it is, limited execise,acupuncture, herbal pain remedies or surgery.

  74. Sharon Bailey Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I would say sarcoma. Not much treatment for this beside removing the leg. Sarcoma hard cancer to treat. Sharon

  75. M. Rice Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    The dog has a fracture on his leg under the knee cap. I would limit all exercise only to go out to relieve himself as needed. Keep him quiet, and possibly wrap the leg with an ace bandage, if the dog will tolerate it and not chew it off. Give him natural anti-inflamatories glucosamine/chondroitin, MSM, vitamin C and D & Dr Jones natural supplements. Provide a very soft, and warm, dry, place to sleep indoors. If the dog is overweight change food to a lower calorie diet. Give fresh water, and lots of love.

  76. Kristina Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    1. First question – before even diagnosis: Why did his people wait a month – as the report says lameness for 4 weeks – to get him medical care?
    2. The injured area appears to be a knee.
    3. I would check for former injuries that could have lead to arthritis, but age 6 is young, even in a larger dog. I would also check the joint for signs of heat, leading to possible deep tissue swelling.
    3. I would give him a high quality food and plenty of clean water. I would limit activity as much as possible, reducing food to equal reduced calorie output. If overweight, change to a lower calorie diet – NO treats! I would give the dog MSM, glucosamin and condriton, vitamin C & E (to spead healing and reduce inflamation and scaring), and possible calcium with vitamin D and magnesium supplements. If extrememely painful I would prescribe a short corse of anti-inflamitory meds or a cortisone shot. I would give him a warm, comfortable place to sleep near his people. And prescribe lots of love. Have his people gentle massage knee daily.

  77. Sarah Smith Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    1. This is the Femur and Rotula Bone (Back Knee)
    2. I believe it’s a torn cartledge.The Bone is slightly pulled back and doesn’t line up correctly.
    3. I would suggest surgery and administer Arnica Montana to help relieve the pain and swelling.

  78. Deann Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Patella , could be a fracture, meds- pain meds & antibiotics

  79. Kath Kerr Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    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 :>)))

  80. Millie Fine Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    1. the rotula

    2. luxating patella

    3. surgery and non-steroid medication. physical therapy

  81. Y. O'Connor Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Knee

    Cruciate ligament injury/tear. There also appears to be some arthritic conditions going on

    orthopedic surgical repair w/ kennel rest and anti-inflammatory/pain meds.

  82. Y. O'Connor Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    oh yea and some things I would use during healing are VivoZeoComplete (herbal supplement to aid circulation, inflammation reduction) and nitric oxide to help increase bloodflow. I would NOT use glucosamine, as it inhibits nitric oxide uptake.

  83. Michelle Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Luxated patella. Could have been an injury from running, slipping on soft ground while turning.

    Supervised Rest, keep from jumping up and down (furniture, car, bed). Walk quietly, on leash if necessary but keep exercising as pain allows. Crate if unable to supervise.

    Provide joint supplements, including glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, SOD3, diatomaceous earth, and vitamin E.

    T-touch or similar body awareness massage. Reiki, EFT for pets, Quantum touch, or other energy healing modalities.

    Consult with holistic vet for possible surgical options if necessary.

  84. glenda Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 4:02 am

    it is knee 2 it is osteourthritis it can be treat with theropy and weight control the pain by doing this it will help the pain and healing

  85. Nisha Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 6:23 am

    1.stifle joint
    2.CCL Rupture
    3.surgical intervension like TLPO,cartilage correction and supporting therapy like pain killer complete rest ect.

  86. Bob Summers Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    ununited anconeal process

    My young Golden Retriever was diagnosed with this problem. The vet went on vacation for 6 weeks, so I put him on Glucosamine, Chondrotin and MSM.
    The usual procedure is to remove the unattached bone fragment.
    When we took him in 8 weeks after the diagnosis for the surgery it was discovered that when an incision was made the fragment was no longed floating around but was encapsulated and causing NO PAIN or limping!

  87. Jill Horton Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    knee joint, possibly inflamation from arthritis. Treated with a steroid and an anti-inflamatory med and a pain med. Limit exercise

  88. Charmaine Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Patella

    Luxating patella

    My vet would probably use rimadyl.

  89. Cindy Madill Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    luxated patella and arthritis throughout the knee joint. Treat with Nsaids.

  90. Carmen Schultz Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Hi Doc,
    This poor doggy broke his knee bone and needs a cast. Something to ease pain and swelling.
    Take good care of him, Please.
    This was fun, Carmen

  91. Wendy Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Dysplastic elbow

    These densities would be removed surgically from amidst the origins of the flexor tendons on the medial aspect of the elbow. Postoperatively, the dog would be treated with pentosan polysulfate (Cartrophen Vet; Arthropharm Pharmaceuticals, Ottawa, Ontario), 4 mg/kg bodyweight, SC, once weekly for 4 treatments.

  92. Michelle Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Right rear stifle
    Osteochondrosis dissecans
    Rest, physical therapy, supplements to speed bone healing (calcium), natural NAID like Traumeel, and joint support like glucosamine/MSM/DMG/antioxidants

  93. Annie Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Knee
    Pattela luxation
    Surgery, with follow-up physical therapy

  94. Sue Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    This looks like a knee joint to me.
    I think the dog has a torn ACL.
    Treatment would be either a TPLO or a lateral imbrication.
    The imbrication involves passing a heavy-gauge suture from the lateral fabella (the little bone behind the knee joint ) to the crest of the tibia and tightening it down. This takes the place of the ACL, keeping the joint stable until scar tissue forms.
    Other surgical option would be a TPLO, where the tibia is cut and a piece of the bone is rotated and reattached with a specialized metal plate, changing the angle of the joint. The theory behind this surgery is that the angle of the joint is too steep, and therefore the forces on the knee are too great. Those who advocate TPLO feels that the stifle needs “leveling” to eliminate those forces.
    Some vets feel that the lateral imbrication is best for smaller dogs, and that the TPLO is the best choice for larger breeds. Because you don’t open up the joint capsule in a TPLO, like you do in a lateral imbrication, the dogs are back on their feet faster, usually in about two weeks as opposed to 1 to 2 months.
    Another thing to consider is that TPLO surgery has a higher failure rate – infection, problems with the plates and screws, and nonunion of the osteotomy site are a few of the potential negative outcomes. Also, a TPLO would cost about $1000 more than an imbrication. If you consider the possibility that your dog may need the other knee operated on at some point, the cost can add up to be quite substantial.

  95. Connie Mar Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    1. Knee joint
    2. torn collateral ligament and fractures to the femur, with loose bone fragments seen “floating”, especially in the side view with the knee flexed
    3. Surgery to remove fragments and repair torn collateral ligament followed by rest and supplements to facilitate healing, then pool therapy.

  96. Margaret Churchill Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    1. knee joint
    2. arthritis
    3. Glucosamine or better yet, your Canine supplement!

  97. Arloa Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Area of leg: Rear knee joint
    Diagnosis: Torn ACL
    Treatment: A combination of massage, acupuncture, glucosamine chondroitin and stabilization.

  98. Sheila Williamson Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I think it is osteoporosis and shouls be treated with glucosamine and chondroitin

  99. Michelle Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Area: Rear Knee
    Diagnosis: Torn ACL with arthritis.
    I believe surgery to repair followed with hydro-tx, herb= Boswelia Serrata for inflam, weight loss should he need it, short walks when he can, much rest on a heated area, essential oils to speed healing and of course much love and kindness in endless amounts.

  100. Annette Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    knee
    bone spur
    I don’t know how to treat it…..
    Can they be dissolved? Do you need to operate and scrape it?

    Poor baby. I look forward to the time when there will be no more pain or tears or fear….yes!
    I can’t wait to lie down with the lion and the lamb and have none of us becoming lunch!

  101. Carys Hewitt Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Arthritis looks like advanced osteo in the knee from the x rays. this pups in pain. Blood test first to confirm and also to check kidney function as he needs pain relief at the start and non steroidal anti-inflammatory treatment.An initial shot will start the ball rolling.The pain relief can be managed by assessing his ability in movement and reduce dosage asap as the swelling goes down.He doesn’t want this long term and as low a dose as makes the difference to start-this will be dependent on his reaction to it.The swelling can be reduced by arnica,keeping him as quiet as possible and warm on soft bedding. Check his weight and diet and advise as appropriate. he needs suppliments which can be added to food of Chondroitin,Glucosamine long term for the joints, also Omega3 (cod liver oil,Tuna etc).Re visit in 5 days for re assessment.He should not be given much excercise until this is on the way to being resolved. Not sure about the cruciate from these films but if there is no improvement in a couple of weeks(and it does look severe)we may have to take another x ray to get a better idea. This is a manageable condition without surgery I think, although there is a lot of damage to the surfaces of the joints and this boy will always have to have it managed properly to avoid further damage. Once there is some good improvement, hydrotherapy would benefit.

  102. Linda Zwetkov Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I’m not an x-ray OR bone specialist, but it looks like the cartilage in his knee has worn away.

    As for treatment, certainly if he’s overweight he’ll need to go on a weight-loss diet.

  103. Alice in NY Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Looks like the “knee” and inflammation suggests probable arthritis with possible aggravating injury. Treatment: pain meds, anti-inflammatory, supplements (glucosamine/chondroitin) and I’m guessing some massage and acupuncture would help a good deal as well.

  104. Kelly Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    From the first picture it looks like a knee joint, no carteledge.possible fracture. HOWEVER:from the second picture, it looks like it could be hip dysplacia. most likely looking at surgery, anti inflammatories, and pain meds plus rest until it is healed.

  105. kim palmen Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    this a knee that has arthritis. you have to add supplement to your dog diet.add glucsamine hydrochloride 1/4 of a 500 mg tablet once daily per 10 pds also your dog need vitamins c+e an fatty acid and dont forget your amino acid that good for pain

  106. Madir Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    1. What area of the leg is this?
    Knee joint
    2. What’s your diagnosis?
    arthritis
    3. How can we treat this?
    check his weight to see if a diet is necessary. Rest and TTouch . give glucosamine/chondroitin, MSM, devil’s claw, collagen and hialuronic acid. AND Dr/ Andrew’s supplements. Swimming/walking in water if possible.

  107. sheila Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    1. Luxating Patella, possibly due to poor or improper diet and possible injury (sometimes even a hereditary problem, but can be greatly helped, with proper diet supplements etc….)

    2. Treatment, kennel rest except to out to the yard for short “potty etc..” breaks for 7+ days.
    Correct the diet, add to diet.. supplements, (I would imagine Dr.Jones supplement would do wonders) and/or a joint supplement with chondrotin and glucosamine, and twice daily rubs and gentle stretching with DMSO (a small amount that is ok for use the skin) and after the initial kennel rest, short walks on sand, then a road with soft gravel (if available)

  108. sheila Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Also this dog could have arthritis as well, probably, the same treatment as described in my last post.

  109. Karen Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    1. Knee joint
    2. Torn ACL
    3. Rest, limited exercise, and surgery with pain meds, anti-inflammatory meds. 2 week recheck

  110. sheila Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I also should add. that this is the knee joint (rear) Also the DMSO, treatment with rubbing and stretching should only be done under the advice of a Vet, and possibly accupressure could be of great benefit as well.

  111. Evelyn Cintron Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    the knee /patella
    uxating patella
    surgery depending on the grade looks like grade II or III with the history of lameness might make him a good candidate for surgery, lateral imbrication and/or tibial crest transposition depending if the first is not sufficient.

  112. Evelyn Cintron Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    meant to write Luxating Patella, forgot the L. 🙂

  113. Tina Says:
    January 10th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I think it’s the knee area of a hind leg. It looks to me that a torn ligament on the back side of the knee. Also some arthritis. I reccomend limited activity along with glucosamine and chondroitin. Surgery to repair the ligament followed by some rehabilitation.

  114. Susan Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 1:37 am

    1. Stifle (knee) joint
    2. Patellar luxation with possible caudal (anterior) crutiate ligament tear.
    3. CT or MRI to confirm.
    Conservative approach: restricted activity for 4-6 wks w/physical therapy & acupuncture thereafter. Restricted diet if overweight. Supplement with glucosamine, chondroiton sulfate supplement.
    If MRI confirm ligament rupture than either TPLO or Tibial Tubercle surgery. If only the patella is luxating than depending on cause, surgery can be performed to deepen the groove in which the patella rides, repair or replacement of the quadracep tendon or patellar ligament. Post-op: restricted movement for 6-8 wks and physical therapy when vet deems appropriate.

  115. Ivan Todorov Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 2:13 am

    It is a knee with fractura of upper bone under the patella . It needs osteosintesis .

  116. Carole Simcox Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I don’t know how to read X Rays very well, but this looks like the knee joint and with the white stuff floating it indicates the same as what my son had. Degenerative joint disease. There seems to be no cartilage between the joints, it also looks dislocated or misplaced.

    Surgery to clean up the area and perhaps if there is such a thing, an artificial buffer added between the joint.

  117. Stephanie Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Knee. Fracture. Wrap leg. Give Arnica for any soft tissue damage with Ruta for bone injury.

  118. Melissa Jones Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    1. What area of the leg is this?
    knee

    2. What’s your diagnosis?
    luxating patella w/ slight arthritis

    3. How can we treat this?
    W/grades 2-4 luxating patellas, surgery is recommended. The dog above appears to be about a grade 3 or 4. So corrective surgery followed by some physical therapy would be its best option.
    😉

  119. K. Schwarz Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    1. I think it is a knee joint.
    2. 2nd X-ray looks like bone on bone. Ouch! A hairline fracture and bone chips on an already arthritic joint.
    3. Bone chips look quite big and might need to be removed surgically. Meantime attempt to build up cartiledge with Glucomsamine Chondroitin and Shark’s Cartiledge and restrict movement to give fracture time to heal. Arnica for pain. If limp has not improved after 3 weeks, another X-ray might be needed to access the improvement.

  120. Tina,and her dogs Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    We believe it is Degenerative joint disease and that this would help to heal and rebuild the tissue.Joint Support Blend

  121. Katrina Folchert Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    This is the knee joint. It looks like the dog has osteoarthritis and possibly a cranial cruciate ligament tear. Rest/reduced activity would be recommended. Anti-inflammatory meds may be prescribed but they will mainly just mask symptoms. glucosamine, msm, and possibly some anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric or other herbal joint preparations would be beneficial for this dog. if a ligament tear has occurred, options include but are not limited to a brace for the leg, prolotherapy, stem cell therapy, and/or surgery. a medially luxating patella is a possibility but may be less likely in a dog this size (depending on what the retriever is mixed with).

  122. Christine Heal Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Torn cranial cruciate ligament in his/her hind leg.

    If the dog is overweight, put on a weight-loss diet immediately. (Good quality/raw food.)

    Will likely require surgery, but until some scientist invents an elastic compound like a true ligament, no surgery is near perfect, and all increase the development of osteoarthritis as the joint still moves around. Depending on the dog, the vet may NOT opt for surgery and instead recommend very restricted and controlled exercise.

    Likely will need a NSAID. Supplement with Glucosamine and Chondroitin, MSM, Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Your supplement is good, but the dog may need higher does of certain supplements. Arnica. Traumeel Gel topically if you can guarantee the dog won’t lick it off.

    Crate/small area rest. Restricted exercise. After surgery, or during conservative maintenance, hydrotherapy can be great!

    Lots of massage (whole body) and acupressure. Also, take time to teach dog something new (e.g.: tricks/clicker training) to keep mind busy as (s)he will not be able to move around as much as usual. Monitor other knee for the same problem in the future. (In my dog, we did surgery on one knee and a year later when the other ligament broke, the vet opted not to do surgery.)

  123. Marlene Wescombe Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Causes genetic Malformation or trauma.Treatment-Surgery,and then gentle physio

    The dogs knee cap is dislocated from normal atomnomical position,which is in the groove of the Femur Causes genetic Malformation or trauma.Treatment-Surgery,and then gentle physio

    Area of the leg is Patella Diagnosis Medial Patella Luxation

  124. maryrose Says:
    January 11th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    1. parts of patela,synovial cartilage,tibia fibula,femur…

    2 .inflammation of bones..couse of athritis
    3. the patience needs to take a rest and give him or her a pain reliever..make some diet to loose weight to move fast that to heavy..give the patience of “ultimate canine formula”…
    thank you!!!

  125. Sharon Beeckler Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 3:29 am

    This is a knee issue. Possibly torn ACL or Patella Luxation. Reduce exercise to reduce swelling, give Glucosamine/Chondroitin and NSAIDS to reduce swelling. Once swelling is reduced recheck as to severity of pain and possibly take new x-ray. May not need surgery if it is pain is diminished and give therapy to strengthen leg muscles. If ACL problem, may need surgery.

  126. Michelle Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Looks like perhaps a torn ACL or Arthritis. I recommend Dr Jones Ultimate Canine Formula because it has all the right supplements for joints like Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM combined with some specific Acupressure or Massage for the area. A torn ACL would also require limited activity/exercise for at least 6 weeks and then perhaps see if surgery is required.

  127. Kathi Says:
    January 12th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    1 knee
    2 anterior cruciate ligament (acl)
    3 cage rest,glucosamine,chondroitin,msm,
    Rest for 6 weeks minimum only ouside to busines
    Then short leash walks, swimming
    Accupuncture, massage. Feed low cal diet as not to aggrevate joints by having extra weight on dog.
    Have recheck with vet to reassess

  128. Lalonie Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Degenerate Knee Condition. I would recommend Glucosamine , Chondroitin to help with the conditon. Limit the length of walking to short walks

  129. madysen Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Knee Joint or A broken bone.

  130. Ted Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 6:26 am

    This is certaily an x-ray of the pets knee. There appears to be very very little cartlidge or none at all. This would not only cause a limp but sever pain too. Glucosime, shark cartlidge, a wrap of the knee area to reduce movement, and something for pain, (half tab of coated aspirin. Certainly adding the Ultimate Canine formula Supplement with their pet’s food will help as it contains all of the necessary natural supplements ALSO get the pet to your Vet. Listen to their advice BUT YOU make the treatment calls. It’s NOT necessary to simply do as your told here UNLESS the vet finds something else MORE critical that might require surgery.

  131. Ann M. McHugh Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 6:43 am

    This appears to be a knee joint-patella – that is loose from a torn ACL and also arthritis due to improper fit of the joint over past years. This most likely will have to be repaired with surgery – shortening the ligament that is too loose, possibly deepen rhe groove that is supposed to be there and insert pins to hold the ligament in lace to prevent recurrence. Crate rest/only walking on leash, no steps for 8 weeks possibly longer. Pain meds and addition of joint supplements.

  132. Cheryl James Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Back Leg Knee joint
    Arthritis, possible torn ligament.
    Pain medication, rest. No running or stairs.
    Most of all give the pet lots of love and affection, with that they feel much better.

  133. Michelle Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Yikes I forgot to answer the first question in my original answer. Thanks!

    1: knee
    2. Looks like perhaps a torn ACL or Arthritis.
    3. I recommend Dr Jones Ultimate Canine Formula because it has all the right supplements for joints like Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM combined with some specific Acupressure or Massage for the area. A torn ACL would also require limited activity/exercise for at least 6 weeks and then perhaps see if surgery is required.

    I did this same thing for my 7 year old dog Hugo and within 6 weeks his limp was gone and no more trouble at all. No surgery needed. He just turned 9 years and he is perfectly a-ok.

  134. Jeffrey Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    1. back leg knee – tibia and fibia bones
    2. Torn ACL and lots of arthritis or just lots of arthritis
    3. TPLO surgery since it is a big dog or let the scar tissue build up. Either way, lots of bed rest for at least 2 months. Give glucosamine, chondrotin, MSM, and fish oil which is provided in your supplement. Also monthly Adaquan shots.

  135. Dianne Sahakian Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    One xray looks like it could be hip dysplasia, the second looks like fracture of the knee as well as some kind of arthritis. I think an operation would be need if the first is hip dysplasia and leg should be in a cast. For the possible fracture of the knee, should be in a cast as well after the knee is operated on in some way for putting new cartilage in somehow. After operations with leg in a cast I would say the dog patient needs to rest his leg. I would say treat with calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3 and strontium in a dose suitable for dogs.

  136. S. Fox Says:
    January 13th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    You know, it looks like knee to me (not sure tho’) as my guess could be hip diplasia. Either one would be surgery with blood check & weight check. Poor dog! Must really know more about all the symptoms etc. before a proper diagnosis. Do guess that the area has been worn away unless it is genetic problem. To treat with medication such as chondriton & glucosamine for a short time. Yes, arthritis it will be but eased with proper medication & less exercise. Good luck all you folks.

  137. Patty Says:
    January 14th, 2012 at 6:47 am

    1.The knee joint
    2.degeneration of the menisi
    3.recommend maintaining healthy weight and healthy diet, restrict movement, add in Glucosamin/Condroitin and Omega 3 supplents as well as pain relievers until he is ready for stretching and gentle rehab.

  138. Marja Says:
    January 14th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    1. Stifle [knee]
    2. Cartilage worn away
    3. a. Cold and Hot Therapy [alter on joint to first, reduce pain, and second, increase blood flow]
    3. b. Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplement with Omega-3s
    3. c. Water therapy – if this is a smaller or “short” dog, this can be done in a bathtub with a little life vest. Dogs float and gently move their legs to swim — it’s a great and gentle form of range of motion therapy. For larger dogs a life vest and swimming pool can be used [but must be followed by a thorough rinse or bath to reduce chlorine absorption]
    3. d. After a couple of weeks on Glucosamine/Chondroitin &c. do gentle range of motion therapy while dog is lying on floor to strengthen muscles around the joint [flex/extend leg, gentle massage of thigh muscles]
    3. e. Provide cushioned bed and limit walks to minimum needed until ROM therapy has strengthened muscles
    3. f. Ensure that weight is normal, restrict treats, change to joint-supportive diet

    Dogs are such dear, cooperative patients; it doesn’t take long to heal them. They know you’re helping them and that leads to healing too. Hope this dog got what s/he needed and is now happy & healthy.

  139. V. Kidwell Says:
    January 14th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    1. Knee area
    2. Torn Ligament
    3. ACL Surgery and area bandaged and changed every 2-3 days
    4. To be followed by physical therapy, such as swimming in a pool at a dog therapy center.
    Afterwards, take the dog for short walks, then longer walks, and once pronounced healed, he can start running again, but should always be walked.

  140. Rosemary Marks Says:
    January 14th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    The elbow joint is the joint in the xray. The dog suffering is suffering from osteochondritis,. Instead, the cartilage fails to change into bone. In many dogs, the cartilage will also become thickened. Osteochondritis can be caused by several different factors, including genetics, trauma and improper nutrition.

    Common symptoms of elbow dysplasia in dogs are swelling of the joint, intermittent lameness, and external rotation and abduction of the dog’s paw. In most cases, osteoarthritis will eventually develop.

    Elbow dysplasia treatment for dogs

    In serious cases of elbow dysplasia, surgery is often the best treatment. The exact surgical procedure will depend on which type of elbow dysplasia that your dog is suffering from. A dog with ununited anconeal process (UAP) related problems can for instance need to have the UAP reattached and secured with a screw or small pins. If the dog is older than 2 years, removal of the UAP is more common. If your dog’s problems are related to the fragmentation of the coronoid process (FCP), surgically removing bone fragments and cartilage can be very helpful. The surgeon can also correct any incongruity of the elbow joint.

    In mild cases of elbow dysplasia – especially for dogs suffering from FMCP or OCD of the medial humeral epicondyle – surgery may not be necessary. Such dogs can instead benefit greatly fromregular exercise and control of body weight. Pain medication can be administered to make life more pleasant for the affected dog. The exercise should be low-impact, e.g. controlled swimming. Between the ages of 12-18 months, many dogs suffering from elbow dysplasia improve significantly.

  141. valda Says:
    January 16th, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Osteoarthritis,knee-joint needs knee replacement,

  142. Priscilla Sikos Says:
    January 20th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    1. Knee
    2. Cyst (type unknown without biopsy)
    3. Treat with ultrasound

  143. Terri Says:
    January 21st, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    It looks like the left stifle.

    Looks like some arthritis but symptoms and medial swelling can indicate CCL injury.

    Treat with cage rest, joint supplements (fish oil, glucosamine, msm, condroitin ) weight control and if real painful, an anti inflammatory.

  144. Linda Says:
    January 22nd, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Knee, stifle , cruciate ligament rupture,+ drawer sign, TPOL

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