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a fragment of the distal phalanx in place seems likely to cause pain, lameness, and other complications. In a 2016 study, Gerard et al 4 concluded that their results “supported the hypothesis that onychectomy is associated with an increase in house

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provided regarding owner or clinician assessments. The study design limited enrollment to dogs that had failed carprofen monotherapy (as it required lameness despite ongoing treatment); how did this affect the standardization of the dose? There was no

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. Also, the number of dogs with bilateral CCLR was not reported. This can be assumed to have occurred in up to 50% of dogs, potentially resulting in bilateral pelvic limb lameness, a situation that could be difficult to detect. Additionally, unilateral

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decreased lameness in dogs with HD, but only acupuncture alleviated HD-related pain” and concluded that “acupuncture performed with the protocol and acupoints used in this study appears to be a viable option for improving quality of life in dogs with HD

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incurable lameness problems, are unmanageable or dangerous, or fail to meet their owner's expectations.” However, we do not believe that most horses being sent to slaughter are infirm, dangerous, or no longer serviceable. In fact, recent reports 2,3 suggest

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treatment over the 8-week interval. I am troubled also that the review process allowed inclusion of the conclusion in the abstract that “[a]cupuncture and carprofen reduced the degree of subjectively evaluated lameness, and acupuncture was associated with

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: modeling capacity utilization . Schaumburg, Ill : AVMA , 2013 . The root of cattle fatigue I read the recent report of a novel fatigue syndrome in finished feedlot cattle 1 with interest, as I have been following the issue of lameness and

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destined to become a classic. Edmund K. LeGrand, dvm , p h d Crossville, Tenn . 1. Conzemius MG , Evans RB . Caregiver placebo effect for dogs with lameness from osteoarthritis . J Am Vet Med Assoc 2012 ; 241 : 1314 – 1319 . 10

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. The biggest flaw I see with this study is that the lameness was assessed after only three acupuncture treatments. In the experience of many veterinary acupuncturists, it may take up to eight treatments to see improvement in chronic conditions. To

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at a trot and < 38% of body weight at a walk for both groups 12 months after surgery. Such low PVFs are a hallmark of osteoarthritic lameness in dogs. 4,5 With these concerns in mind, the benefits of surgical correction for dogs with CCL disease

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