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Treating Elbow Dysplasia to stop dog arthritis by Chris Durin

Treating Elbow Dysplasia to stop dog arthritis

by Chris Durin

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Elbow dysplasia is a leading cause of dog arthritis among larger breeds of canines, but there are a number of ways veterinarians can treat this problem. It can cause a variety of problems in dogs, including lameness, stiffness and considerable pain.

Elbow dysplasia appears to be a developmental problem that occurs in puppyhood when your dog is growing. It usually takes the form of:

• A fragment of the elbow becoming not fusing properly to the ulna bone (ununited anconeal process or fragmented coronoid process)
• A piece of cartilage being dislodged and floating in the joint (osteochondritis)
• The joint becoming bumpy and rubbing against the cartilage (joint incongruity)

While the ailment develops in the dog’s formative months, it may not manifest itself until later in life. However if a young, large-breed dog displays symptoms of elbow arthritis, such as stiffness or soreness after a rest, or licking elbow joints, it is very likely the dog has elbow dysplasia.

To correctly diagnose elbow dysplasia, vets can do a number of tests, with arthoscopy(inserting a tube with a camera through a small incision) being the most effective and also a way to treat some of these problems.

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  • Published: September 2010
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T037012