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Companion Animal Practice
Clinically significant developmental radiological changes in the skeletally immature dog: 1. Long bones
  1. Elizabeth Baines

    Elizabeth Baines graduated from Cambridge in 1990 and, after eight years in general practice, returned to Cambridge as a resident in radiology. She currently works at the Royal Veterinary College as a lecturer in veterinary radiology. She is an RCVS and European recognised specialist in veterinary diagnostic imaging. Her clinical interests include radiological anatomy and imaging in oncology.


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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