Aloxi Guhl – forelimb fractures

Aloxi, a seven-year-old Weimaraner bitch, presented with right forelimb lameness following a road-traffic collision on a shoot. On x-ray, she had a fractured dislocation of the elbow and a fractured lower radius. As the accident took place in Germany, she had surgery there to pin and plate the elbow fracture; the whole limb was put in a cast and the radial fracture was managed conservatively. She was referred to Kennel & Paddock.

Bobby Philips – obesity and arthritis

Bobby, a six-year-old male British Bulldog, presented with obesity and arthritis. He was referred to Kennel & Paddock because his owners couldn’t exercise him because of the arthritis – so he became increasingly overweight. 

Bobby Sharp – suspected cruciate disease (conservative management)

Bobby was a six-year-old standard poodle bitch who had been diagnosed with suspected cruciate disease. Her owners brought her to Kennel & Paddock a few days after confirmation of the problem, at which time she struggled to support any weight on her right pelvic limb (back leg).

Bridie Beaumont-Terry – complex forelimb fractures

Bridie, a five-year-old female Boxer, was referred to Kennel & Paddock for physiotherapy treatment in September, approximately three months after surgery in May for a complex fracture to her radial carpal bone.

Cat Equus – Hind-limb lameness

Cat, an eight-year-old Irish draught cross thoroughbred mare, was referred for physiotherapy after developing low-grade right-hind-limb lameness with no known cause. A thorough veterinary assessment revealed that Cat showed reduced lameness when she underwent a nerve block to her right hind limb from the level of the hock. 

Fyndar Newton – shoulder soft-tissue injury

Fyndar (Fyn), a seven-year-old Labrador dog, presented with bilateral forelimb lameness secondary to shoulder pain. Initially it was deemed that he had shoulder soft-tissue irritation at the biceps and was treated with intra-articular steroids, but these failed to improve the condition significantly.

 

Guv Lovegrove – scapula-humeral joint medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain

Guv was a four-and-a-half-year-old Border Collie dog whose sport was competitive agility. His owner noted that he was moderately lame after landing jumps and turning left, and favoured turning to the right and taking jumps with a right-side lean.

Heather Alexander – congenital spinal deformity

Heather was a  whippet rescue bitch. Following an acute onset of lameness, veterinary investigations revealed a spinal-cord compression and kyphosis posture affecting the thoracic spine. The decision was made to proceed with surgery, so a dorsal hemi-laminectomy was performed.

Josh Gillings – arthritis (old age)

Josh, a 12-year-old Golden Retriever dog, was referred to Kennel & Paddock to see if there was anything we could do for him. He had become increasingly weak in his hindquarters over the preceding year, causing a dramatic decrease in exercise tolerance. 

Penny Smith – femoral-head-and-neck excision (FHNE)

Penny was a 16-month-old West Highland White Terrier bitch. At eight months of age, Penny became non-weight-bearing lame on her right hind limb. Investigation revealed a congenital deformity of her right hip joint. 

Ramsay Elders – total elbow replacement (TER)

Ramsay, a seven-year old Labrador dog, presented with left forelimb lameness, secondary to arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow several years previously. He was deemed a suitable candidate for total elbow replacement. 

Saska Young – cruciate rupture (TPLO)

Saska, a German Shepherd rescue bitch, suffered an acute episode of lameness after jumping out of her owner’s car onto a gravel surface. The symptoms didn’t subside after rest and anti-inflammatories.

Vernon Topcu – fractured pelvis

Vernon, a five-year-old British Blue tom cat, presented with left hind-limb lameness and incontinence following a road-traffic collision. The referring vet’s x-rays showed a fractured pelvis with localised nerve disruption (he could feel pain but not light touch).