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Outcome of rest with or without bandaging for treatment of carpal flexural contracture deformities in puppies: 47 puppies and 75 joints (2000–2018)

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  • 1 Clinica Veterinaria Milano Sud, Peschiera Borromeo, Italy
  • | 2 Medicina Veterinaria, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
  • | 3 Clinica Veterinaria Villa Felice, Pozzuoli, Naples, Italy
  • | 4 Oakland Small Animal Veterinary Clinic, Newry, Ireland
  • | 5 Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA



To review outcome of dogs with carpal flexural contracture deformities treated with rest alone or with rest and bandaging.


47 dogs (75 joints).


Medical records of dogs with unilateral or bilateral carpal flexural contracture deformities were reviewed, and dogs were grouped according to deformity severity grade (graded on a scale from 1 to 3) at the time of diagnosis. Two treatment groups were compared: rest only and rest with a modified Robert-Jones bandage. All dogs were reevaluated weekly until recovery (ie, resolution of the deformity and lameness).


All dogs responded to conservative management, with all dogs regaining full extension of the antebrachiocarpal joint and ambulating normally at the time of the final visit. Mean ± SD time from initial diagnosis to recovery (ie, resolution of the deformity and lameness) was 2.9 ± 2.2 weeks (median, 2 weeks; range, 1 to 9 weeks). For dogs with grade 1 or 2 severity, mean time to recovery did not differ significantly between treatment groups. For dogs with grade 3 severity, however, mean time to recovery was significantly shorter for dogs treated with rest and bandaging than for dogs treated with rest alone.


Results suggested that conservative management (rest alone or rest and bandaging) was a successful treatment option for puppies with carpal flexural contracture deformity and that bandaging resulted in a shorter time to recovery for dogs that were severely affected.

Supplementary Materials

    • Supplementary Table S1 (PDF 135 KB)

Contributor Notes

Corresponding author: Dr. Boudrieau (randy.boudrieau@tufts.edu)