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sterilization. Clinical assessment All dogs were assigned preoperative functional scores for the surgical limbs; this score was the sum of both a lameness score and a conformational and posture score. A lameness score was assigned as follows: none (0

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Abstract

Objective—To evaluate anatomic reduction and surgical stabilization of femoral capital physeal fractures in cats.

Design—Retrospective study.

Animals—13 cats.

Procedure—Medical records of cats with unilateral or bilateral femoral capital physeal fractures evaluated from 1998 to 2002 were reviewed. Age and weight of cats at the time of surgery; breed; sex; concurrent injuries; severity of lameness before and 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks after surgery; the amount of fracture reduction achieved and number of Kirschner wires (K-wires) used; degree of degenerative joint disease of the hip joint and lysis of the femoral neck and head observed after surgery; whether K-wires were removed after surgery; and complications after surgery were evaluated.

Results—Thirteen cats with 16 capital physeal fractures were identified. There was significant improvement in the severity of clinical lameness in all cats from weeks 1 through 4 after surgery. There was no correlation between the scores of the individuals who evaluated radiographs for fracture reduction and placement of K-wires.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Results suggested that surgical stabilization and repair of femoral capital physeal fractures facilitate a short recovery period and a good prognosis for return to normal function in cats. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2004;224:1478–1482)

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goniometers in dogs. Effects of repetition within trials and frequency of trial sessions on quantitative parameters of vertical force peak in horses with naturally occurring lameness Mari Kaido et al 756 Lameness profiles obtained through kinetic gait

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supraspinous bursitis. 9–11 Definitive diagnosis can be difficult because of the variability in clinical signs and the common presence of concurrent lameness. 8,10 The nuchal bursa is located above the dorsal arch of the atlas and beneath the funicular aspect

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, Herdtweck S , Rizk A , Postoperative analgesic efficacy of meloxicam in lame dairy cows undergoing resection of the distal interphalangeal joint . J Dairy Sci. 2013 ; 96 ( 2 ): 866 – 876 . doi: 10.3168/jds.2011-4930 23200473 12. Ramsay EC

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malunions. 11 Resultant angular changes can be associated with development of osteoarthritis in the carpus and elbow, presenting as lameness and pain in affected dogs. 8 , 10 It has been proposed that asynchronous longitudinal growth of the radius and ulna

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of dogs, 54.2% reported they always checked the pulse of dogs, and 7.6% reported always performing lameness exams. The percentage of veterinarians who reported that they always perform these components of the CAPE was even lower for cats in the UK

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hit by car, respectively), 1 had behavioral problems (urination outside the litter box), 1 was evaluated for lameness, and another 1 was evaluated for a small scleral mass. The remaining 5 cats were examined as part of routine check-up procedures. In 4

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–weight-wearing lameness in the right thoracic limb (1), and no abnormal examination findings (1). Other examination findings unrelated to lymphoma included dental disease (n = 2), head tilt (1), and cataract (1). Hematologic and biochemical findings Complete blood

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presenting 1 to 3 sentences at a time. “Max has hip dysplasia, arthritis in his hip joint, which is causing his lameness. This is why he’s not been keeping up during his hikes.” Check Pauses or checks for client’s understanding before proceeding

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