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Companion animal practice
Orthopaedic examination of the dog
  1. Gareth Arthurs

2. Pelvic limb


An orthopaedic examination should help to determine whether the cause of any lameness, weakness, lethargy, intolerance, ataxia or incoordination is due to an orthopaedic condition, to localise the orthopaedic condition, to formulate a plan of appropriate further diagnostic tests such as radiography, joint taps or computed tomography, and, subsequently, to plan treatment options. Part 1, published in the March issue of In Practice, discussed a systematic approach to the orthopaedic examination, from patient presentation to planning and procedure, and considered how this could be applied to the thoracic limb. This article describes how to perform an orthopaedic examination on the pelvic limb. An article published in the February issue of In Practice described the use of orthopaedic examination as part of an approach to hindlimb lameness.

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