Orthopedic ailments affecting young and old pets

Kansas City

In an interview with dvm360®, Dr David Dycus detailed orthopedic conditions to bear in mind that are often found in young and old companion animals alike.

During an interview at the Fetch dvm360® Kansas City conference, David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA, outlined ailments that commonly affect younger and older pets, plus revealed which breeds are often predisposed to these conditions.

View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript:

David Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA: In the younger dogs, we want to be thinking along the lines of our developmental orthopedic disease, so breeds that we can see heightened evidence of hip dysplasia for example...another big one is developmental elbow disease....but then as animals get older, we also start to think about other ailments such as osteoarthritis..we also see plenty of [older] dogs that will tear their cranial cruciate ligament, we also see a number of orthopedic soft tissue injuries.

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