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Fairfield Pet Stories

Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

View our Pet Stories below from dogs, cats and all kinds of other pets and wildlife. The stories are all genuine cases from the Fairfield archives.
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"Kobi" - Golden Retriever with Carpal Laxity Syndrome

Kobi was just over 3 months old when he was presented to me at Fairfield. He had previously been taken to another veterinary practice when his owner became concerned about the way his leg looked peculiar.

Kobi had been scheduled for further investigation as the vet had become concerned about the possibility of a bone growth deformity. Such conditions can be extremely debilitating, complex and very expensive to treat. However, it soon became apparent from my clinical examination and the detailed history and photographic evidence provided by Kobi's owner that his condition carried a much more favourable prognosis.

He was in fact suffering from a condition known as "Carpal laxity syndrome". This rare and unusual problem affects mostly male, large, rapidly growing breeds. The exact cause is unknown but results in very floppy unstable wrist (carpal) joints. It is assumed that rapid bone growth "outpaces" the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons and ligamants) that support the joint.

This then leads to the foot of the affected limb sticking out at an odd angle as the joint is unable to support the weight of the rapidly growing puppy. It is a common misconception, even amongst vets, to try and support the abnormal joints with dressings or casts. This has exactly the wrong effect.

"Protecting" the joint in this way only makes it weaker. In order for a joint to be restored to good health it must be kept mobile and exercised providing the opportunity for the muscles, tendons and ligaments to develop and mature. It isn't often you can say to an orthopaedic patient go and exercise as much as you possibly can! But that is exactly the appropriate treatment for "Kobi" and inexpensive too!Now Kobi's owners biggest problem will be keeping up!!

Terry Dunne

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