LAMENESS is a common presenting problem in the skeletally immature dog and radiography is frequently used as a diagnostic tool in the investigation of these cases. This is the first of two articles discussing diseases that manifest during the growing period ‐ that is, the time between birth and skeletal maturity (as defined by radiographic evidence of physeal closure). These include congenital, hereditary, developmental, metabolic, nutritional and endocrine diseases, as well as conditions of unknown aetiology or idiopathic origin. Clinically significant changes affecting the long bones of the appendicular skeleton will be described here, while an article in the next issue will focus on diseases affecting specific joints.
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