In this experimental study, 48 Labrador retrievers from seven litters with a high prevalence of canine hip dysplasia were examined throughout their lives for a relationship between a radiographic marker and the development of osteoarthritis in the hip joint.
Arthroscopy used for diagnosis and treatment is the standard of care in man and the horse. Canine arthroscopy has lagged in use. Reasons for this include technical difficulties, cost and perception on behalf of the veterinarian that open arthrotomies are as good. A Japanese surgeon, Dr. Takgi, is credited with early efforts in diagnostic and surgical arthroscopy.
DVM Newsmagazine is proud to present our first issue of DVM Best Practices exclusively for the equine practitioner. This special issue is devoted to equine degenerative joint disease (DJD) and also explores the problems associated with treating the disease with bulk compounded drugs.